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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008

The Works: Hike Vermont's Long Trail

Sample the best section of the country's first thru-hike.

by: Jarett Emert

(Photo by Tim Seaver)
(Photo by Tim Seaver)
Map by International Mapping Associates
Map by International Mapping Associates

PLAN IT

The Way
From Main Street in Waterbury, turn south on Winooski St., and drive 0.1 mile to River Rd. Turn right and head 3.9 miles to Camel's Hump Rd. Turn left, and go 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

Book and Map
Long Trail Guide ($19) and the End-to-Ender's Guide ($9; both by the Green Mountain Club). Vermont's Long Trail Hiking Map ($10). greenmountainclub.org

Season
Early October, with kaleidoscopic foliage and zero bugs, is pure heaven. Plus, shelter crowds are smaller than in summer.

Gear
Hit Umiak Outdoor Outfitters in Stowe for last-minute supplies. (802) 253-2317

Shuttle
Use the Green Mountain Transit Agency (gmtaride.org; click on "Route 100 Commuter") to get from Morrisville Center (11 miles from Long Trail Tavern) to the Waterbury Park and Ride (seven miles from your car). Contact the Green Mountain Club (802-244-7037) for a list of Trail Angels willing to drive you to and from the bus stops.




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