Smugglers Notch

Mount Mansfield, Vermont

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Arguably the most scenic body of water in the Green Mountains, Sterling Pond’s long, picturesque shoreline provides many views of Mount Mansfield and other nearby peaks. Although surrounded by ski areas, the frequently visited pond lies nestled in a secluded basin, seemingly far removed from civilization. Most visitors stop at the pond’s western shore. For a fuller, quieter, and more enjoyable hike, take the loop around the pond and add side trips to Spruce Peak and Elephants Head Cliff.
100 Classic Hikes in New England

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100 Classic Hikes in New England

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Arguably the most scenic body of water in the Green Mountains, Sterling Pond’s long, picturesque shoreline provides many views of Mount Mansfield and other nearby peaks. Although surrounded by ski areas, the frequently visited pond lies nestled in a secluded basin, seemingly far removed from civilization. Most visitors stop at the pond’s western shore. For a fuller, quieter, and more enjoyable hike, take the loop around the pond and add side trips to Spruce Peak and Elephants Head Cliff.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Mansfield
Distance: 5.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: June–October
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Mansfield, VT
Driving Directions: Directions to Smugglers Notch

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May 2018