Northeast of Middlebury in the Green Mountain National Forest, the 21,000 acre Breadload Wilderness Area has 4 peaks over 3,500 feet and is moose/bear habitat. A great weekend backpack trip combines a stretch of the Long Trail with the Texas Falls Nature Trail, and the Cooley Glen/Emily Proctor Loop Trail.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Middlebury, head south on US7 for 4 miles into East Middlebury. Proceed east on SR125 for 16 miles to Middlebury Gap.
Overall, Breadloaf Loop is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Vermont.