The Green Mountain National Forest covers almost 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont and is Vermont's one and only national forest. It encompasses eight wilderness areas including the Lye Brook Wilderness in southern Vermont. Lye Brook is named after the Lye Brook, which flows through the western half of the Wilderness. The majority of the Lye Brook Wilderness is on a forested plateau dotted with ponds, bogs, waterfalls, streams and pools. Moose, black bear, deer, beaver, porcupine, bobcat, wild turkey, toads, frogs, and salamanders all call this area home. The northern hardwoods (birch, beech, and maple) along with spruce cover most of the wilderness and make for a breathtaking display of autumn colors each fall.
Our service project will be assisting the Forest Service with trail maintenance on the Lye Brook Trail, specifically brushing and logging out downed trees. Our goal will be to brush in and obliterate decommissioned trails around Stratton Pond, repair puncheon on Lye Brook Trail near Stratton Pond outlet, and brush out Lye Brook trail between Stratton Pond and Bourn Pond. We'll backpack ~4 miles into the wilderness with a mild elevation gain and establish a backcountry base camp at Stratton Pond (west shore) from which we can access project sites through short day hikes. On our off day we can tour the surrounding area, hike Stratton Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, hike to Lye Brook Falls, or hike to the Branch, Stratton, or Grout ponds. This project requires a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a desire to get dirty.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Sep 27th - Oct 3rd 2020
Trail maintenance & reconstruction
Hike the surrounding trails, visit White Rocks NRA, fall color photography
Strenuous : ~4 mile backpack, bending, digging, lifting, hauling