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Although the official tread of Vermont's Long Trail doesn't start until the Massachusetts-Vermont state line, this first section of the northeast's most storied thru-hike begins just outside Williamstown in the north corner of Massachusetts. The trail picks up a significant climb right from the gun, scaling Pine Cobble and then East Mountain before accessing the Appalachian Trail on the approach to the state line.
The official Long Trail continues north/northeast on a remote and rugged path. On this section you'll cross numerous logging and jeep roads as the trail skirts beaver ponds, power line clearings, and wooded summits in southern Vermont. This section's steepest pitch comes on the final rock-step descent from Harmon Hill to VT 9.
Shelters: Seth Warner and Congdon Shelter.
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com