|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Starting from a roadside parking area on VT 9, section 2 of the Long Trail is a wake-up call for thru-hikers. This 19.6-mile route is rarely (if ever) flat, gaining approximately 5,300 feet of elevation while losing 4,300 feet. From Dunville Hollow, the route climbs steeply from the get-go, passing the Melville Nauheim and Congdon shelters before topping out at the summit of Glastenbury Mountain. Here, a fire tower overlook offers above-the-trees views of the neighboring forest. Next, trace the spine of the ridge down an undulating descent (passing an impressively long beaver pond), passing two more shelters before syncing up with USFS-71 on the final approach to Kelley Stand Road.Shelters: Melville Nauheim, Goddard, Kid Gore, Story Spring.