Hiking The Long Trail

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Vermont.

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The 270 mile Long Trail traverses the state from near North Adams (MA) in the south up to the northern terminus near North Troy. The white-blazed route follows jagged ridgelines of countless peaks, crosses many rivers and bogs, and passes through forest and field. From south to north, the trail starts gently then into the mountainous mid-section and ends in the remote northern hills with plenty of ravines, overlooks, forests and ridges along the way. There are 70 primitive lean-to style huts.

For non-thru hikers, nice sections include: 1) SR11 north to SR140 past lakes and streams (26 miles); 2) SR103 north to SR4 over Killington Mountain (17 miles); 3) Monroe Skyline section from SR125 north to US89 near Jonesville with many challenging summits; 4) SR15 north to Jay Peak through quiet lush forest.

Overall, Long Trail is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Vermont.


Local Contact(s):  Green Mountain Club (802) 244-7037; Guidebook Of The Long Trail from GMC; Country Inns Along The Trail (800) 838-3301.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Vermont" from Larry Pletcher

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Montclair Glen Lodge; Blueberry Hill Inn (800) 448-0707

Luxury Loding:  Gorham Lodge; Churchill House (877) 248-7444

Reference Source:  click here http://www.greenmountainclub.org/

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/28/2016

ID:  7377


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