Skylight Pond Trailhead

  

The Skyline Trail ascends easily from the trailhead on an old woods road, crosses two small streams, and enters the Breadloaf Wilderness. The trail continues more steeply by long switchbacks, crosses the Long Trail, and then continues to Skylight Pond and Skylight Lodge at 2.6 miles. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.

At a Glance

Fees Shelter Use Fee:
  • A $5.00 per person/night fee paid to the Green Mountain Club caretaker, helps maintain the shelter and trails, monitor impacts, and protect vulnerable soils, water and vegetation.
Usage: Light
Operated By: Green Mountain Club

General Information

Directions:

From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 6.6 miles, and turn left onto Forest Road 59. Skylight Pond parking is located at 6.6 miles on the right.

From Rochester, travel north 4.0 miles on Route 100 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel west on Route 125 for 9.1 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 59. Skylight Pond parking is located at 6.6 miles on the right.


General Notes:

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics thissuch as carry out what you carry in, avoid camping near sensitvie water areas, and keep fires small and contained and never cut live trees for wood. 

Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.

Emergency Services

Call 911. The trailhead is in the Town of Ripton, on Forest Road 59.

Food and Services

Middlebury and Hancock restaurants and fuel stations.

Maps and Guides


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 3 ¾ - 4¾ hours round trip Length: 5.2 miles round trip
Elevation descMax. Elevation Change 1480 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
Length: 5.2 miles round trip

  Latitude : 
43.99225

  Longitude : 
-72.96627

  Elevation : 
Max. elevation change 1480 feet

 



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