Lye Brook Wilderness

Manchester, Vermont 5254

Lye Brook Wilderness

Lye Brook Wilderness Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lye Brook Wilderness Reviews

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Very nice hike, I would never recommend it as a loop. Once you converge with the AT, it's two miles of brutal downhill on a dirt road, which then links up with the paved road back to the car for a total of 4 miles (or 25% of the trip) on roads. You're better off with an out and back to the pond. The falls were nice and the lake is gorgeous. The trail is seriously overgrown after the falls, blazes are few and faint. This could be a serious endeavor in wet weather - it was muggy and slick and it's been dry. Great trip overall, we camped on the lake and listened to loons all night.
very hard trail. the first half is all uphill and they arent kidding about the bogs. they were all the way through. It got tricky and we lost the blazes at a beaver dam. However the hard work was worth it. A gorgeous watrfall, beautiful lake, and an awsome view off the mountain. I suspect that the walk on the road is longer than 1.5 miles like the guide says...we drove the suburu half way to clock it and we went over before we finished the drive back. so while it says 15 say it is a bit more. We were a group of four---intermediate hikers and we did this in one day out the next. Start early if you want the good campsites though. (or bring hammocks like can really put up anywhere in a hammock...tents will be a problem,)

Lye Brook Wilderness Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 Days
800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester, VT 05255, 802-362-2307,
Local Contacts
The Long Trail Guide (Green Mountain Club)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018