The Appalachian Trail covers 150 miles in Vermont (The Green Mountain State). About 100 miles of the trail (in the southern part of the state) coincides with the Long Trail and travels along the crest of the rugged and aptly named Green Mountains. The Long Trail was the first long distance hiking trail in the USA (conceived in 1910 by James P. Taylor, construction began in 1912 with trail completion in 1930). The Long Trail travels about 272 miles running the length of the state of Vermont. It starts at the Massachusetts border near Williamstown, and runs north into Canada. I’ve got to be careful at the northern junction of the AT and the LT or I might end up in Mansonville, Canada (75 miles east of Montreal). What a shock to get up one morning and see the borderline into Canada. ). I would love to see Canada, but that would be a major wrong turn.
I noticed that there are quite of few shelters in Vermont. Counting them in my AT Guide I discovered 27 shelters along the 150 miles of trail (that’s a shelter every 5 ½ miles or so) – lots of sleeping options and nice spots for lunch even in the rain. There are also some communities close to the trail although most are 5 to 10 miles from the trailhead. Two towns close enough to hike to without hitch-hiking are Killington (mile 1,700), 0.6 miles to the east and West Hartford (mile 1,733), just 0.3 miles to the east of the path. These two towns are definitely on my stop list.
There are lots of beautiful spots along the trail in Vermont. One of them is Stratton Mountain, Vermont (NOBO mile 1,634) weighing in at 3,936 feet. This mountain can claim to be the birthplace of the Appalachian Trail. Benton MacKaye, who first published a proposal for the creation of the AT is thought to have developed his vision for the trail during a hike on this mountain. I thought I would just include some pictures to help communicate the beauty of the Green Mountain State.
Photo: Baker Peak : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Trail#See_also
Photo: Cairns at White Rocks Cliff http://whereswalden.com/2009/04/11/rutland-vt-to-bennington-vt-hiker-feed/
Photo: Killington Peak http://killingtonlinks.com/index1.html
Photo: Stratton Pond http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=695731&back=1
Photo: Stratton Mountain http://wandermelon.com/2010/06/01/stratton-mountain%E2%80%94summer-fun-in-vermont/