I hope that my desire to keep a log of Long Trail adventures does not diminish the fun of the adventures!
Foray Number 0
Day trip a couple of years ago. Drove to SW Vermont via Massachusetts Route 2. Left about 2:30 pm and arrived about 5:00. Hiked north from Vermont Route 9, two miles or a little less, then hiked back. Discovered that the Long Trail is not a particularly easy trail.
Not hiked: the segment between the Massachusetts state line and Vermont Route 9, where I parked.
Foray Number 1 – 2012
First backpacking trip on the trail. Start at the Canadian border and head south.
Sunday, March 25
Drive to St. Johnsbury. Stay overnight at the Comfort Inn.
Monday, March 26
Drive from St. Johnsbury to trail head for Journey’s End connecting trail. Hike into Journey’s End Shelter about three quarters of a mile. Set up your base camp at the shelter and scout all about.
Tuesday, March 27
Linger at base camp. Depart shelter for northern terminus of the Long Trail at the Canadian border, then points south. Climbed Carleton Mountain, then Burnt Mountain. Camped on the west side of Burnt Mountain because I could not find Shooting Star Shelter in the failing light. Conditions wintry.
Wednesday, March 28 (Rob’s Birthday!)
Hike down Burnt Mountain to Vermont 105. Follow Vermont 105 east to disused road and a network of snowmobile trails in the east side of Carleton Peak. Intended to go around Carleton Mountain, but chose a snowmobile trail that took me near the top of the peak instead. Rejoined Long Trail just short of the peak, climbed over the mountain and on to the Canadian border. From there hiked the Journey’s End connecting trail back to the base camp at Journey’s End shelter. Spent the night at the shelter. Too wet to make a fire.
Thursday, March 29
Pack up and hike from Journey’s End Shelter to the Versa parked at the head of the connecting trail. Always good to see the car! Adopted my Granville Bennett driving style to get through some rough patches on the back road. Hooked up with Vermont 100 and drove south all the way to Waterbury. Then took Interstates 89 and 93 back to Boston.