Updated: Jan 10, 2022
Exploring Northern Vermont
Dreaming of a hike for the entire family with an extraordinary surprise at the top, a beautiful oasis and tons of views? Sterling Pond is a the perfect hike for just that with endless, open sky views along the way. The crisp fall mornings, are the perfect time to head out on your next outdoor adventure. Our mountainous landscape is one large playground for all who choose to explore it.
Sterling Pond Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jeffersonville, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
During the week or early in the morning, this pond is beyond idyllic featuring subalpine plants, wildlife and quiet water. Starting off directly across from the info station at the parking lot, the first quarter mile is saturated with carefully built stone steps. Much of the first three quarters of a mile is lined with deciduous forest, trickling water and everything else you would expect in a wild area. Those unaccustomed to rocky and uneven surfaces may be interested in something with a bit of ankle support. The climb itself is not unforgiving, like the Hell Brook trail or the Long Trail up Mansfield, as climbing comes in bursts and flats are thrown in often. It's a good starter hike. Once you reach the Long Trail, turn left and within a tenth of a mile, you will approach the pond area. Note though that this area has a very limited growing season and despite what many folks may do due to inadequate signage, one should not approach the pond or walk in the grass; stay on the trail and the rocks to protect this landmark for years and generations to come.