An overnight backpack to a wilderness pond, or a half-day hike to a plummeting falls. Overshadowed by the height of Stratton Mountain and the fame of Stratton Pond, this unheralded route through the heart of the Lye Brook Wilderness is a backcountry hiker’s delight. Remote wetlands, a plummeting falls, and shelter near an unspoiled pond add luster to this rambling hike, which ends less than 3 miles from more popular haunts on the Long Trail (LT) corridor.
Day hikers on their way to Lye Brook Falls join the early procession as the Lye Brook Trail skirts the right side of a brushy clearing, aims at the sound of the brook, and bears left through a gauntlet of stones. Pausing for a quick look into the stream’s ravine, the path joins the raised grade of an old logging railroad that tunnels straight through the pine-birch woods to a woodland road, rambles easily up a minimal slope, and discovers the awesome power of nature.
© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.