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Long Trail (Section 11): VT 15 to Tillotson Camp

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Distance: 22.9 miles


Ranging 23-miles through northern Vermont, this Long Trail section continues through rugged terrain and rewards thru-hikers with sweeping views of the Green Mountain range.
  • Laraway Lookout
  • Crossing the Lamoille
  • Prospect Rock View
  • Green Mountain Vista
  • Tiny Cascade
  • In the Ferns
  • Laraway Lookout View
  • Corliss Camp Junction
  • A Fern Path on the LT
  • Bowen's South Summit
  • Side Trail to Spruce Ledge
  • Devils Gulch Scrambling
  • Boulder Squeeze
  • Gulch Roots
  • Belvidere Lookout
  • Tillotson Camp Junction

Though Section 11 of Long Trail doest not tackle signature Vermont peaks like Camels Hump and Mount Mansfield (as Sections 9 and 10 do), thru-hikers still have plenty of tough ascents and rough descents to contend with on this 23-mile route--not to mention, plenty of rewarding Green Mountain vistas.

From VT 15, the route descends a trail ladder before crossing the Lamoille River and then climbing to Prospect Rock. Enjoy an overlook of the Lamoille River Valley and then continue climbing up to the broad summit of Roundtop (where another overlook awaits). Descend past the Roundtop Shelter, and then pick up steady climb up Laraway Mountain. Enjoy a view south of Mount Mansfield from the Laraway Lookout, then descend southeast along the ridge down to Corliss Camp.

Continuing northwest, the LT climbs the ridge of Bowen Mountain before dropping steeply  down (past Spruce Ledge Camp) to Devil’s Gulch. Here you’ll scramble and squeeze through a large boulder field before skirting Ritterbush Pond and continuing north. After crossing VT 118, the final (and steepest) climb of the day awaits up Belvidere Mountain. After conquering this 2.2-mile, 1,500-foot challenge, it’s about 2.5 miles to the section’s end at Tillotson Camp.

Shelters: Roundtop, Corliss Camp, Spruce Ledge Camp, Tillotson Camp

-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com

MORE LONG TRAIL MAPS
Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6 | Section 7 | Section 8 | Section 9 | Section 10 | Section 11 | Section 12

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