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This is a very pleasant 6.8 mile loop trail when combined with Green Mountain and the Appalachian / Long Trails.

This trail has been referred to as a great family and beginner backpackers trek. Along this 6.8 mile loop trail you'll find tent platforms, pit toilets, drinking water and seasonal employees. Beautiful views and a wonderful small pond add to the enjoyment of this hike. From the trailhead parking area to Little Pond the path is fairly easy traveling through a mixed hardwood forest paralleling Little Black Brook. This portion of the hike overlaps with the Appalachian / Long Trail. Just before the pond trail you'll find the Lula Tye Shelter. The trail which circles the pond is worth doing since if offers a great opportunity to view waterfowl. From the northern tip of the Pond Trail, Green Mountain Trail begins its ascent to the summit of Green Mountain. This trail is a rocky excursion along many ridges through a conifer forest. Several of the peaks are a breathless scramble. The trail descends near Forest Road 10 then weaves back up and ends just west of Little Black Brook and across from the parking lot.

Directions: From Danby / Mt. Tabor, VT, From US 7 take Forest Road 10 east to the first parking lot near Little and Big Black Brooks. Begin on the Appalachian / Long Trail which begins on the north side of the road between Little Black Brook and Big Black Brook. You may choose to hike the Green Mountain Trail which begins west of Little Black Brook. Both trails lead to Little Rock Pond.

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

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