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Distance:
6.0 Miles
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
3 hours
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Green Mountains National Forest
Town:
Sunderland, Vermont
Directions:
43.077712, -73.01761
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Added:
September 28, 2013
Updated:
June 01, 2020

The Bourn Pond Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont is an amazing hidden gem in the middle of the Lye Brook Wilderness. It's a 6 mile out-and-back trail that leads from the Branch Pond Access Rd to Bourn Pond, technically following the Branch Pond Trail. Bourn Pond sits on the western side of Stratton Mountain so from its western banks you can see the top of Stratton. Oddly enough the cell signal from Stratton Mountain is strong enough for full 4G at Bourn Pond - which is nice, but when you're looking to disconnect, it can be a distraction.

The trail to Bourn Pond is a moderate hike, but you end up gaining and losing almost the same elevation multiple times throughout the hike, so it can feel longer than it is. If you're in good shape, you can usually make the one-way trip within an hour, even with gear. The trail has a couple of splits - the first split is close to the trailhead, take this left (there's a sign for Bourn Pond too).

Continuing further into the trail, after about a mile and a half, you'll reach the Lye Brook Wilderness sign. There's a logbook and it's encouraged that you sign it, just in case something happens while you're out there.

Bourn Pond is a decent sized body of water that feels larger than it is. it's not very deep, at about 35 feet maximum depth near the center of the pond. Fishing is allowed here, but can be challenging due to the shallow depth of the water and the abundance of fresh water weeds.

Camping: Once you make it to Bourn Pond, you can continue hiking north along the west side of the pond to find at least 3 decent sized camping areas. There's one large campsite right on the pond, a smaller site about 300 feet north of the large site, and then another large site on the spur trail that turns to the right about 1/4 mile north of the first site. These campsites are fairly secluded, even in the summer. In the fall and early spring, you usually cannot see campsite neighbors either. The downside is that most of the wood and dead trees have been wiped out, so finding firewood can be somewhat difficult.

Note: The GPS data provided here will get you to the first large campsite on the pond.

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182 '

Total Change
732 '

Ascent
721 '

Descent
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4 Trip Reports

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Trail added
September 28, 2013
Updated on
June 01, 2020
June 24, 2017
2017 group camping trip. Started raining heavily around 9:30PM until the morning. Hiked out drenched in the rain, was worth it.
Camping Hiking
July 25, 2015
Mid-summer group camp in the larger site along the pond. Fishing Bourn Pond is difficult from the shore since the pond is extremely shallow and full of weeds along the shoreline.
Camping Fishing Hiking
6.0 miles
September 27, 2013
Camping Hiking

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