Duck Brook Trail

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Trail Overview

Following old woods roads as well as trails up and down ledges, the Duck Brook trail used to be a section of the Long Trail, rerouted in 2015 with the construction of the Winooski River Footbridge.
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Trail Activity
Hiking
Length
5.40 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Moderate
Towns
Bolton (VT), Richmond (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No
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Description

Upon departing from the trailhead, the trail crosses under a power line and then ascends along the north edge of the utility swath. At a height of land, the trail heads north from the clearing, ascending and descending a series of ledges. At 1.2 miles there is a short spur leading south to Duck Brook Shelter. Duck Brook itself is located in a deep ravine below the shelter, providing its water supply. From the shelter, the trail follows an old woods road a short distance, crosses a brook, and leaves the woods road at a sharp left.

The trail provides three lookouts as it ascends to the north, then descends and ascends again to a bedrock ledge. From the ridge, the trail descends to a logging road, crosses Duck Brook, and continues to the unpaved Bolton Notch Road, at 4.5 miles from the trailhead. Across the road the trail ascends along woods roads and over several small brooks before reaching the junction with the Long Trail at the top of Oxbow Ridge, 5.4 miles from the trailhead on Stage Road.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Green Mountain Club website, or contact:

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
gmc@greenmountainclub.org
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.

Trailhead Information

Take US-2 to Stage Road in Jonesville, which is on the left 3.9 miles from the stoplight in the center of Richmond from the west, or on the right 3.2 miles from the Town Office in Bolton from the east. The trail begins 0.3 miles up Stage Road on the right, just before the power-line crossing. There is limited parking by pulling off to the side of the road. 

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