Pleiad Lake Trail

Bread Loaf, Vermont

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Located at the northern end of the Moosalamoo region on a shoulder of Worth Mountain, Pleiad Lake is one of the highest lakes in Vermont. A mere 0.4 mile from Route 125, it is surprisingly unknown among hikers, except for locals and those hiking the Long Trail (LT). This an excellent puppy hike, because there is little vertical and the terrain is smooth. From the trailhead, take the LT South (white blazes) up a short rise to a sign-in box. Just after the box, the LT comes to one of the ski trails at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Bear left up the trail, angling toward the top of the chairlift. The trail crosses behind the bull-wheel, where you find the only expansive mountain view on the entire hike, stretching all the way to the Adirondack High Peaks on a clear day.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Located at the northern end of the Moosalamoo region on a shoulder of Worth Mountain, Pleiad Lake is one of the highest lakes in Vermont. A mere 0.4 mile from Route 125, it is surprisingly unknown among hikers, except for locals and those hiking the Long Trail (LT). This an excellent puppy hike, because there is little vertical and the terrain is smooth.

From the trailhead, take the LT South (white blazes) up a short rise to a sign-in box. Just after the box, the LT comes to one of the ski trails at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Bear left up the trail, angling toward the top of the chairlift. The trail crosses behind the bull-wheel, where you find the only expansive mountain view on the entire hike, stretching all the way to the Adirondack High Peaks on a clear day.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bread Loaf
Distance: 0.8
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Mountain National Forest - Middlebury District; Green Mountain Club
Local Maps: USGS Bread Loaf
Driving Directions: Directions to Pleiad Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/27/2009
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I recently went to Hancock with a friend of mine to hike a few mountains. Nothing huge just a nice day hike. We planned a 3 day trip in all. The first day we climbed a nearby off trail mountain and stayed on the peak for the night. Day 2 we climbed down and found another nearby peak. The final day we looked around and we found the Long Trail. We went both north and south to see what type of terrain there would be and we saw that there was a small lake if we headed south so we decided that would be a good decision. It was about a 20 minute walk (all on trail) and we came upon this quite little lake that was teaming with wildlife. Countless frogs, birds, and even some snakes. There were signs of deer and moose but unfortunatly we never came across either. If you are ever in the area of Hancock or Middlebury VT you should head up RT 125 and find the intersection of the long trail and head south. Not only was this lake quite there were also some great views of the north as you hike to Pleiad Lake.



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