Chittenden Resevoir, a 721-acre mountain lake, is located in the Green Mountain National Forest in Chittenden. The lake is a pristine paradise, great for mountain biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available). On the southern end of Chittenden Reservoir is secludede Lefferts Pond, a 49-acre impoundment with a large wetland area. From the South shore of the Chittenden Reservoir you can see a chain of mountains and ridge lines. Mt. Carmel and Bloodroot Mtn. are the prominent peaks on the horizon. The foliage is outstanding in the Fall!
Round Robin Trail
Distance: 10.5 mile loop
The trail passes views of Chittenden Reservoir and Lefferts Pond as it crosses a dam and bridge over a spillway. The trail is wide and gently rolls through the woods. Maximum elevation change is 250 feet.
From the Chittenden Dam boat ramp parking lot, back-track the way you came in and bear to the right, skirting the reservoir. Stay on the trail until you come out onto a paved road. Turn right and start climbing. Soon you'll pass the Mountain Top Inn and enter the Green Mountain National Forest.
After about 3.5 miles at a Y intersection, take the right fork (left fork is FR 99), onto the Round Robin Trail which is a Green Mountain National Forest designated mountain bike trail and the best part of the ride! The trail winds through the forest, tall grass covered meadows and over streams. Watch for fallen trees or water bars hidden in the tall grass.
After another 3.5 miles, at a Y intersection bear right and ride over a bridge. There is a small spillway on your left. When you hit the main road (Wildcat Road) turn right and continue until you arrive back at Dam Road. Make another right and head back to the parking lot.
Lefferts Pond Trail
Distance: 2.9 miles
You can do a pleasant 2.9 mile loop ride around secluded Lefferts pond by connecting the Round Robin Trail, Lefferts Pond Trail, and a section of Wildcat Rd. The trail starts at the parking lot and heads east crossing an old stone bridge. The wide and fairly level trail gently rolls through the woods and offers nice views of surrounding basalm fir and spruce forest and the pond. There will be gradual ascents and descents to the intersection with Wildcat Rd. Maximum elevation change is about 200 feet.
From Rutland take Route 4 to Mendon. Turn north on road to Chittendon. Take Dam Road (follow signs) to the Chittendon Dam boat ramp parking lot.
For more information
Green Mountain National Forest
Phone: (802) 747-6700