Explore the most popular Views trails near Ripton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
20 days ago

Took us longer than planned to reach the pond due to slippery/muddy conditions after heavy rains the day before. Pond is very pretty. No other hikers on the way in, just a few as we headed out. Nice wildfowers in parking area. Our tracker measured our roundtrip at just over 7 miles. We thought the rocky inclines might be tough for kids to navigate

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Nice little trail. A little anticlimactic at the top. Was hoping for a slightly nicer view of the pond but was still peaceful and quiet. Saw a few other hikers but not very any. Took us about 2 1/2 hours up and down with a little break at the lodge. Was a little wet and slippery when we went out so definitely recommend good shoes.

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muddy
1 month ago

Lovely little hike through the forest. Fairly easy, nice lodge to sit and eat lunch at.

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over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from Middlebury gap to skylight pond and down. Beautiful day though a bit muddy in places. Lots of moose evidence though we didn't see any ourselves.

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bugs
1 month ago

Only able to do half. At least I think it was half. 20 mins out from the big stream crossing (4km). Due to time restrictions had to turn around. will have to make another trip and complete the trail. lots of bugs on the hike. very nice overall.

I would not call this one of the more “touristy” hikes I have done. I did not see another person all day, until I got back near the parking lot and they were just soaking their feet in a nearby stream. They had wondered who’s truck was there and how long I had been out. I did Breadloaf and Wilson in about 5 hours. Also visited Skylight Lodge, which is a very very cool lodge over looking a pristine mountain lake. I will definitely stay there someday. As for the not “touristy” comment. It’s wilderness, you are going into the Breadloaf Wilderness area, and it’s isolated. The trail is easy enough to follow, and I had no trouble seeing trail markers. Some of this hike is Long Trail, and some is Skylight pond. Again, it is very isolated. I saw more moose poop then people, two piles. The view at the top of Breadloaf is not great, and there is no view from Wilson. The best thing up here, is Skylight Lodge.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this trail!! Rather moderate hike with a gradual climb....trail is all switchbacks with no intense straight up climb. Great way to get access to the Long Trail!! Headed maybe .2 miles south on the Long Trail to Battel Mountain to grab a view. Pond was beautiful and teeming with life!!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail up and back to shelter. We extended a bit on VT Long Trail to summit of the mountain for great views. On the way back a moose came barreling down the path, coming close but thankfully avoiding us and veering down the hill of path. We were also greeted by a wandering boxer near the parking area and he proceeded to make the entire 8.5-mile hike with us. The only time he left was just prior to the moose, and of course he came chasing the moose down the trail. We believe he might be a dog owned by people in house near the turnoff to Rt201. Also, careful on road to trailhead. Lots of ruts. Low profile car would not be ideal, but doable in my Mazda3

hiking
3 months ago

GREAT trail, not difficult... and beautiful view from the lodge. It was cold, foggy and windy today- so not a great day for a hike, but beautiful nonetheless.

hiking
3 months ago

I got about halfway in before turning back- as it was getting late. There are a few seasonal stream crossings and then the bigger river crossing. Beautiful hike, lots of wild animal scat (moose, mostly) I’m sure the trail gets more difficult as you get closer to the lodge, but the first part was pretty standard... muddy/ buggy/ beautiful. Great for the dogs too.

The trails were in decent condition considering the time of year. Be prepared for mud. The Skyline lodge was great and the sunrise was incredible. Definitely worth the trip from Maine. Bagged Breadloaf and Wilson.

over grown, under maintained, poorly blazed. as far as 1 mile between blazes non closer than a quaryer mile together.

10 months ago

nice trail, it was cold and windy heading up the mountain.

Did this trail last weekend 9/22 it was first day of fall and definitely felt like it with rain and stiff wind at the top sitting at emily proctor shelter. GPS tracked it at 6.9 miles up and back with the first 2.5 miles slow incline and the last mile is a long steep walk until hitting the long trail. I do this trail at least once a year as it’s very peaceful and not heavily traveled. No views.

hiking
Sunday, August 05, 2018

Thunder during the hike, downpour at the lodge, fog, clearing, wonderful lighting!

hiking
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous, peaceful trail that crosses the Long Trail toward the top. A nice lodge for through hikers at the pond, which is a lovely vista. Very uneven ground, lots of short but steep increases and crossing over water ways. A fun hike with a decent work out. Definitely recommend!

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Steep over the last mile or so before Emily Proctor shelter. A few downed trees detracted from the experience.

hiking
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Great day hike up to the Emily Proctor shelter and back down. We saw 3 people on the trail and 2 people at the shelter that were taking other trails onto continue the loop. Our GPS tracked this as 6.9 miles from the parking lot to the shelter and back. The last 1.25 miles are a steep climb. We saw lots and lots of moose poop but no actual animals. We also had our dog with us and she had bear bells on so that accounts for part of it. The beginning of the trail is very narrow and has lots of overgrowth. There are also a lot of creeks to cross (probably as many as 25 each way) so wear water proof boots and long pants. The shelter had a fire pit, wash pit, and was about 10 ft from a creek that we saw a backpacker pumping water out of. Also, the road in is a bit rough so I would definitely recommend having an AWD/higher clearance car to get in.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Good hike for kiddos and the lodge and pond are beautiful!!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Absolutely beautiful trail. Beautiful view at the pond. We enjoyed sitting on the porch of the cabin (lodge) looking at the view of the pond. I loved this hike... it probably tops out as my most favorite trail thus far (I've done many). It's not difficult and is a nice gradual ascent with what seems like many switchbacks. Beautiful brooks along the way. I wouldn't miss this one.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Hike took 1 hour up and 1 hour down. Very beautiful!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

awesome hike. my wife and i did the whole loop. tons of climbing but well worth it. beautiful and quiet. almost saw no one. definitely recommended.

backpacking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail with some fun challenging points. I went with my girlfriend for her first backpacking trip. We arrived at 16:00 on a Saturday and made it up past Cooley shelter on the first day going the reverse of the typical route. Found a decent camp site. Too many dead trees for my comfort, but none particularly menacing or large. Second day broke camp late and made it to the overlook. Pretty nice view from there. Finished by coming down the Emily Proctor trail back to the parking lot about 1700 on Sunday. Light to moderate traffic on the trail. Conditions were muddy and night time was cold. Only major note is the limited water opportunities on the ridge line. I average 4-6 liters/day of water while backpacking and would have packed 4 liters instead of the 2 I normally pack. Otherwise a good fun trail challenging enough for a sense of accomplishment without breaking ankles.i

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lovely quick hike up to the pond. It took three fit hikers approximately an hour to do the trail. At the intersection, If you head just a few feet south on the Long Trail there is a short unmarked side trail on the right that will take you to a beautiful view. The trail is very short but involves climbing over a rock crevice.

backpacking
Monday, July 17, 2017

we did this without the Emily proctor bit, so cooley glen to the cooley glen shelter, then up to mount grant, then out to mount wilson, I think, and back to shelter, then down to car. pluses: not too crowded, even on a holiday weekend. pretty Moss and river. minuses: wet and muddy!!! my feet were damp almost all the time, and it had been a day since the last rain at the start of our trip. good view from Wilson or was it Roosevelt? but the mud and essentially walking up a stream at times lowers the rating.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Trail sign was confusing when we got to the intersect of the LT and fork to Skylight Lodge Trail. If looking for the pond, follow trail that goes to the Skylight Lodge Trail. The view of the pond at the lodge was pretty and the previous week's rainfall helped to create plenty of runoff and waterfall views.

Great hike with lots of different trails (narrow, rocky, steep, large). Started with the Cooley Glen trail which was a good choice since the Emily Proctor trail is quite steep near the top. Stayed overnight near the Cooley Glen shelter with our tent. Did not see a lot of animals, but lots of pretty flowers! The trails are very quiet and you don't see that many hikers so it's perfect for some alone and peaceful time. Highly recommend!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Awesome loop.

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