Elephant’s Head Cliff–Sterling Pond Loop

Stowe, Vermont 05672

Elephant’s Head Cliff–Sterling Pond Loop

Elephant’s Head Cliff–Sterling Pond Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A steep ascent out of a narrow notch to a cliff-top lookout, then a moderate ascent to a scenic subalpine pond with views of Mount Mansfield along much of route. Smugglers’ Notch is a deep, narrow cleft that separates the hulk of Mount Mansfield
and a high ridge that includes Spruce Peak and Madonna Peak.

Geologists believe the notch was formed by a river that flowed toward Stowe during the last ice age, carving the dramatic cliffs that form its walls. The name Smugglers’ Notch dates back to before the War of 1812, when the notch was used as an illegal trade route with Canada during a trade embargo with
the British Commonwealth."

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Trail Information

Stowe
Nearby City
5.8
Distance
1,780 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Underhill State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Mansfield Quad
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018