• M. J. Wild

Stannard Pond Peak

Snowflake someone left in the tree at summit
Stannard Pond Peak

This was my first solo winter hike and first solo since the fall. I couldn't have picked a better day. At nearly 50 degrees and clear blue skies it doesn't get much better than that. The dirt road on the way to the trail was pretty muddy and rutted up, but nothing abnormal for Vermont mud season. Upon reaching the trail head I noticed the plow truck had pushed the trail board almost completely over this winter. The beginning of the trail is definitely in need of some love.

Luckily, other people had been out and packed out the trail. I wasn't sure how it was going to be because judging from my AllTrails App it was possible no one had been out there in 5 months. There was no real trail head sign or any type of blazes leading the way. I went solely by the trail others had packed out. The trail quickly verges with the VAST trail and from there you follow the VAST trail all the way up to the lookout. There is a couple spurs to the right that will take you out to a nice view of the pond. Again there is nothing marking these just packed down trail from other people.

Trail following VAST trail
Stannard Pond Peak

It is 1.8 miles to the scenic overlook from the parking area. Once I reached the top I was impressed by the amazing view. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was definitely more than I anticipated. I was graced with a awesome view of Burke Mountain, The Presidentials, Franconia Ridge and Cannon Mt.

Scenic Overlook
Stannard Pond Peak

View of the frozen pond
Stannard Pond

This was a easy and short hike with an amazing view. I recommend trekking out here and taking it all in.

Me at the pond
Stannard Pond

Stannard Pond Peak

Location: Greensboro Bend, VT

Distance: 3.6 miles

Rating: Easy

Time Frame: 1 - 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 417 ft.

NEK Mountain Challenge

amazing view of the Presidentials
Stannard Pond Peak

"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before." - Albert Einstein

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