Lye Brook Trail is a hiking trail in Stratton, Vermont. It is within Green Mountain National Forest and Lye Brook Wilderness. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 2,574 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,708 feet.
Lye Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A serene woodland walk to a spectacular 160-foot waterfall, one of the tallest in Vermont. The route to Lye Brook Falls along the Lye Brook Trail (blue blazes) is a wonderful half-day introduction to hiking. The trail is broad and follows an old logging road and a railroad bed. It climbs gently, gaining about 800 feet from the trailhead to the spur to the falls, passing through peaceful forest. It then drops 200 feet on a moderate incline to the falls. Save this hike for after a rainstorm, as the falls dry to a less impressive trickle by mid-June.The trailhead is on the southeastern side of the circle. From the trailhead, the path starts out over giant cobblestone-like rocks, but after a few moments, it bends to the right (south) and becomes a smooth woods road, where it is easy to move quickly if you are pushed for time."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"The 18,000-acre Lye Brook Wilderness perches atop a high-elevation plateau in the southern Green Mountains. Its west front drops steeply into the broad marble valley of Manchester. Century-old forest swathes the slopes, and lakes shimmer on the plateau. It is a classic Green Mountain destination and an outstanding hike in fall.The hike loops through the west portion of the Wilderness. The journey first ascends Lye Brook Trail for 7.0 miles—past the state’s highest waterfall Lye Brook Falls—to reach Bourn Pond and good camping options. The hike then heads north across flat terrain on Branch Pond Trail, reaching Douglas Shelter just before encountering the Long Trail."
--Matt Heid, AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"This incredibly beautiful waterfall drops over 150 feet down steep rocky steps and is one of Vermont’s most well-known, and photographed, waterfalls. This is the longest Vermont hike in this book.Upon reaching Lye Brook Falls at 2.3 miles, you can stand on a rocky outcrop to get a view of most of the waterfall. Depending on the season, the falls can look very different. The falls are mainly large step cascades at the top and horsetails at the bottom, but they can take on various forms under different water flows. You can head down to the bottom just a few feet below the outcrop and, if you’re adventurous, follow the rough path partway up the side of the falls."
--Eli Burakian, Hiking Waterfalls in New England (Falcon Guides).
"A magnificent 125-foot waterfall and an astounding recent landslide hide deep in a narrow wilderness valley just outside one of Vermont’s most-visited towns."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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