Last traces of Indian Summer in the Half Moon Pond State Park

We had a beautiful sunny day today and got out of our hotel this morning, determined to make the most of it. Originally, we came to Rutland because it lies close to the Green Mountains. However, as we drove through the southern part of the Green Mountains yesterday and had to realize that most of the leafs are down already, we decided to go somewhere else today. We read about this very nice area called Half Moon Pond State Park and that’s where we went today.

It was a bit tricky to find, though. We drove to West Castleton first and stood in front of the closed gates of Bomoseen State Park. We knew that it is off-season already, but that they close down everything, even the parking, surprised us. However, this was not the Park we were looking for anyway, so we asked a man who walked his dog for directions. He explained to us that we had to turn around and take the unpaved road next to the brown house and follow it until we reach the gate of Half Moon Pond State Park.

Road leading to Half Moon Pond State Park

Seriously, how on earth do they think you find this area when there are no nice man walking there dogs around??? There are NO signs!  For everybody who wants to go there one day, the road leading to the Park is called Moscow Road.

The Half Moon Pond State Park was also closed, but there was a sign saying hiking is still allowed. We began with a one hour hike to the High Pond on the Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail.

High Pond hiking trail

The good thing about the fact that we are here after the season is, that we were on our own the whole day.

Moritz the lonely hiker

Completely on our own? Well, apart from that beaver doing a cannon ball into the pond when we arrived (at least I think that’s what he did, according to the loud SPLASH we heard! 🙂 )

High Pond

Trees at the High Pond

It was a really peaceful place and it was easy to imagine Moose coming here at Twilight to drink and rest.

When we came back from the High Pond, we decided to circle the Half Moon Pond. Here, we found some last colourful trees and enjoyed this Indian Summer feeling.

Indian Summer at the Half Moon Pond

Half Moon Pond

There is a campground by the lake and I can imagine how beautiful it must be, putting up your tent close to the water!

Half Moon Pond Campground

The next hike on our list was the Glen Lake Trail. It started at a boat launch and lead along the eastern side of the lake. I liked this trail the most because I found Glen Lake particularly beautiful with its smooth, reflecting water.

The sky reflects in Glen Lake

Dead tree in Glen Lake

Indian Summer at Glen Lake

We found a spot in the sun, overlooking the lake, where we had a little picnic. The water underneath us was so clear, we could see the fish swimming by. I would have loved to sit there for much longer, enjoying the peaceful silence and the warm sunshine.

Picknick at Glen Lake

The last hike we did was the one hour Bomoseen Hiking Loop which leads through a wildlife preserve. However, this trail was not really interesting and the only wildlife we saw was this little feller:

Little feller

On the way back to our hotel (the Red Roof Inn Rutland) we passed this nicely decorated general store – Booohoooo!

Halloween decoration # 4

More information about:

Half Moon Pond State Park

Trail map (pdf)

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