8 comments on “Unfinished Business on the Long Trail

  1. Ryan, this was a great post that really connected with me. First of all, Vermont’s scenery looks amazing. I have rarely hiked VT but would certainly like to do more of it now that my 48 is done. Second, I loved how you used the hike to disconnect and reflect on life, nothing can do that like the mountains. Great post, do you have any suggested VT hikes for someone like me who has hiked so little there?

  2. Hey, thanks Grant! Vermont really is a wonderful place that is close to my heart. With plenty of hiking just about everywhere in the state, it’s a good state in which to disconnect from reality 🙂

    As for hikes to check out… there are so many. I’d recommend getting the new Vermont Day Hiker’s Guide from the Green Mountain Club, and working your way through that. In the North (my old stomping ground), you really need to hike Camel’s Hump and Mansfield. They’re the two real classics of VT. Also in that area, Hunger Mountain and Belvidere are stunningly wonderful hikes. There are also lots of great restaurants and B&B’s up that way… makes for a good vacation!

    In Southern VT, I’m not as familiar with everything, but Stratton Mountain and Stratton Pond make a great dayhike loop, Killington is a nice hike with big views, Ascutney is a nice little hike with big views, and I’ve heard Equinox is really great.

  3. I hear you, man. I get withdrawal sadness after only a few days off the trail. With the busy holiday season looming, I already know I’m going to need an escape real soon.

  4. I enjoy following your trips, long and short, as I tend to recognize some old (land) acquaintances. This one’s especially poignant since it was right in my walk-out-the-door stomping grounds for four years. (I can place 3 of those photos precisely on a map, and the other 3 approximately. 🙂 Agreed about the beginning of the Broad Brook trail. The nearby trail up The Dome is also a bit odd, but in a different way.

  5. Ben, I’m glad you mentioned the Dome Trail. It’s not listed in the Green Mountain Club’s guide or map, so I was caught off guard when I saw the junction. I’m going to have to go back at some point to explore that trail, because even though it’s not on the LT Side-to-Side list, I want to see every trail that’s connected to the LT.

  6. Oh yeah, I forgot there’s a “connector” trail in there too. The Dome also has its own “trailhead” (not really recognizable as such). The trail follows some curious old roads and then turns into an obscure route through the brushy understory potentially marked by survey tape and occasional muddy patches, but not necessarily recognizable as a trail. Eventually you reach the top of The Dome, covered in pleasant open rock outcroppings, which is quite satisfying, but mostly because you realize you have the place to yourself because no one else was crazy enough to hike up here for the almost viewless summit.

  7. Huh, I never knew about this. I just looked at the USGS Topo and found what must be the trail you’re talking about. I guess the Green Mountain Club’s map just doesn’t take this one into account. Well, I have an idea of a hike I’ll be doing sometime in the future! Glad you mentioned it, Ben.

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