Lye Brook Wilderness

The Lye Brook Wilderness is east of Manchester Center in the southern Green Mountains of Vermont. This wilderness is named after Lye Brook, which flows through its western half. The wilderness ranges from 900 feet to 2900 feet above sea level. Most is above 2500 feet, on a high plateau with several ponds and bogs. Waterfalls and rocky streams may be found here as well as reflecting pools. The western section is extremely steep, facing west-northwest towards U.S. Route 7 and Manchester. Four and a half miles of the Appalachian/Long Trail cross the northwest tip of the wilderness. Approximately 80% of the area is forested with northern hardwoods: birch, beech, and maple. Thickets of small spruce dot the area. Remnants of railroad grades and old logging roads remain. Several species of neotropical birds, black bear, moose, deer, pine martin and bobcat inhabit these woods. There are many marshy areas off trail and the ecological balance is quite fragile. Take care and be prepared for muddy trails and an intense black fly season in the spring and early summer. Hunting opportunities for deer bring many seasonal visitors, as do snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter months.

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Sometimes I think people can be as stupid as shit. I was amazed how many people were are Bourn Pond, a nearly 3 mile backpack to the wilderness lake but packed up and left this morning, after spending only one night after the cold and wet. Don’t people have the forecast, and known that the weather would have been miserable?

I am actually kind of amused by it all.

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Bourn Pond is a scenic pond overlooking Stratton Mountain. It’s about 2¾ miles from the end of Branch Pond Road, along a nice trail that isn’t too steep and for the most part is decently well drained.

I enjoyed hiking back there, but for a wilderness area it certainly seemed crowded and very not-wilderness. It’s not wilderness if as soon as you take off your headphones, you hear somebody talking or passing you by on the trail. It’s not wilderness if you see campsites and tents in the distance.

I get the idea of wilderness but when a wilderness area is crowded and overused, it’s not wilderness but intensive use. There may not be a flyover ramp or mall located there, but if your fighting the crowds, your not getting a wilderness experience.

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