Abbey Pond

Middlebury, Vermont

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A half-day hike to a ridgetop pond; suitable for rainy weather. Rain, drizzle, fog—what’s a hiker supposed to do? If you’re bound and determined to tramp through the woods in spite of inclement weather, an outing to Abbey Pond might be just what you have in mind. As a matter of fact, a gentle shower should even improve this hike. Plumes of mist subtly enhance the mystery of this alpine pond, and liquid sunshine adds some punch to the froth of small cascades.
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)

A half-day hike to a ridgetop pond; suitable for rainy weather. Rain, drizzle, fog—what’s a hiker supposed to do? If you’re bound and determined to tramp through the woods in spite of inclement weather, an outing to Abbey Pond might be just what you have in mind.

As a matter of fact, a gentle shower should even improve this hike. Plumes of mist subtly enhance the mystery of this alpine pond, and liquid sunshine adds some punch to the froth of small cascades.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Middlebury
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Middlebury Ranger District, 1007 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753; (802) 388-4362
Local Maps: USGS South Mountain quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Abbey Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

6/17/2012
0

Challenging for young children, as the first 1/2 or so is rocky and moderately steep. But a fun and beautiful walk!


7/13/2008
0

Very nice 1/2 day trip. About 1.5 hours up and 1 hour back at a relaxed pace. Back in the pouring rain; dark, wet, slick, but fun. Pond very peaceful and we saw one other couple on the trial. The guide is wrong about the distance from the 125/116 intersection. A little frustrating trying to find the road until we talked to a local to find the exact location. Guide should read about 4.1 miles from the intersection vice the 2.3.


8/17/2006
0

The first third of the hike is really fun. There are huge boulders (size of school buses) that can be climbed. Further along, the trail crosses a stream and waterfall that's suitable for an excursion. The trail follows the stream upward and crosses back over. After that, it's basically a good cardio workout up the incline with the same views of the same trees. Abbey Pond is a somewhat stagnant pond that has some nice views but nothing to write home about.



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