Lye Brook Wilderness

Manchester Center, Vermont

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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.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

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.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manchester Center
Distance: 14.6
Elevation Gain: 1,675 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255; (802) 362-2307
Local Maps: USGS Manchester, Sunderland, and Stratton Mountain quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Lye Brook Wilderness

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2011
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Great hike. Much of the trail was overgrown and was obviously not used much. Once we passed the falls we only ran into 2 other hikers the entire trip. Signs of moose were everywhere. We camped at Bourne Pond and woke the next morning to two moose swimming. Really cool.


4/7/2007
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This was quite lovely--there were a few inches of snow on the ground and the falls were partially frozen, but this added to the ambience. The canopy provided by the trees over the old railroad path is beautiful. I just hiked to the falls, which was supposed to be about 2.3 miles and it seemed to take a long time (plodding through the snow). There are some spots that are steep and tricky to navigate with snow on the ground. I can imagine this would not be a good hike during Vermont's mud season, as even with the snow, there was a good deal of water to cross.


12/18/2006
0

Easy day hike to the falls, 2.3 miles with gradual incline on the way in. Spectacular waterfall, will do this one again.


6/5/2006
0

This was a very challenging hike for me I did 8 miles out and 8 back I went about one mile past the bourn pond. It was very wet and the trail is over grown in many areas but not too hard to follow. The blaze seemed to be spaced out about every 1/4 mile or so there where more on the way back then on the way out. There where also many blow downs to deal with three spots had more than two blow downs on top of each other. Over all it made for a great challenge and a good work out. P.S I saw allots of Mouse sign but didn't see any but they are there. Also the bourn shelter has been taken down as of 6/5/06


9/13/2005
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The shelter at Bourn Pond has been demolished as that is now included in the wilderness area. Trail was deserted in early September: last person to come thru according to the log book at the trailhead was 5 days prior. Really pretty. Found a huge dead moose sprawled across the trail: moose signs abundant: heard one bellow in the wood nearby early one AM.



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