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Montpelier: Mount Moosalamoo

Passing through a mature hardwood forest, this 6.2-mile out-and-back contours gradually up Mt. Moosalamoo for fine views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and Lake Dunmore.

Montpelier, VT: Cotton Brook Loop

At 9.9 miles, this multi-use loop gently climbs an old logging road crisscrossing Cotton Brook, then moves up the banks of a reservoir with dramatic views of the Worcester Range.

Montpelier, VT: Moose Mountain

Climb less than 1,000 ft. to craggy overlooks of Lake Willoughby and Mount Pisah on this 8.3-mile out-and-back in Willoughby State Park.

Burlington, VT: Camels Hump via Monroe Trail

This 6.1-mile hike in the Green Mountains leads to a plane-crash site, crosses a rare alpine zone, and ends up on the state’s third-highest peak.

Burlington: Mount Mansfield via Sunset Ridge

Check out the largest patch of alpine tundra in Vermont on this 4.8-mile out-and-back to the highest mountain in the state.

Montpelier: Mount Ascutney via Weathersfield Trail

Brilliant fall colors, sparkling waterfalls, and a mountaintop lookout tower highlight this scenic 5.2-mile dayhike in Ascutney State Park.

Appalachian Trail: VT 11 to Brooklyn Road

Swimming is not a common word on the AT, but a highlight on this 16.5-mile hike at Griffith Lake. There is a fun rock scramble on Baker Peak too.

Appalachian Trail: Stratton-Arlington Road to VT 11

This 16.4-mile leg leads to Stratton Mountain–legend says this same mountain is where Denton MacKaye conceived the idea of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: VT 9 to Stratton-Arlington Road

The hotspot on this 21.1-miler is Glastenbury Mountain, a 3,748-foot summit that Native Americans believe is cursed and a place where several people went missing in the mid-1900s.

Appalachian Trail: VT 140 to Kent Pond

Go from muddy pastures to riverside views to rocky summits on this 26-mile segment.

Appalachian Trail: Brooklyn Road to VT 140

Trace the peaceful banks of Little Black Branch to White Rocks Mountain on this 8.5-mile dayhike. Other highlights: Swimming at Little Rock Pond and nice vista views.

Appalachian Trail: Kent Pond to VT 12

Grab some rare solitude on this 19-mile section that runs steep ridges and old forest roads to the appropriately-named vista called The Lookout (2,439 ft.).

Appalachian Trail: VT 12 to Elm Street

Roll over piney ridges into lovely valleys and lonely pastures on this 21.3-mile leg. Don’t miss: Take side trip to Cloudland Farm where organic ice cream is only a few bucks away.

Middlebury, VT: Mount Wilson Loop

On the way up to three Green Mountain summits, this strenuous 12.4 mile loop scampers along ridgelines and rewards with expansive views of Lake Champlain.

Burlington, VT: Camels Hump Loop

This loop lumps a lot into 4.9 miles: big climbs (2,200 feet), panoramic views (from New York to New Hampshire), and alpine plants rarely found in the Northeast.

Burlington, VT: Mount Philo

Just outside Burlington, the summit of Mount Philo offers sweeping views of Lake Champlain along with Adirondack and Green Mountain peaks.

Stowe, VT: Stowe Pinnacle

A popular dayhike or trail-run near Burlington, the 2.9-mile out-and-back to Stowe Pinnacle treks through hardwood forest to an overlook of neighboring Green Mountain peaks.

Montpelier, VT: White Rocks/Ice Beds

See how weather and geology conspire to make topography.

Burlington, VT: Maple Ridge

This 4.1-mile loop on the southwestern slopes of Mount Mansfield offers dayhikers a healthy dose of elevation, fun rock scrambling, and Champlain Valley vistas.

Burlington, VT: Lake Mansfield Trail

A stiff, 1.8-mile climb to the Taylor Lodge shelter on Vermont’s Long Trail, this 3.6-mile out-and-back works as both a half-day hike and a challenging trail run.

Long Trail (Section 01): Pine Cobble Road to VT 9

The first 16-mile chunk of the Long Trail starts in Massachusetts, kicking off with a steep climb to the Vermont state line (the Trail’s official start) and a rugged trek north.

Long Trail (Section 02): VT 9 to Kelley Stand Road

This 20-mile stretch of Vermont’s Long Trail tops out at a fire tower overlook on Glastenbury Mountain and offers thru-hikers four shelter options along the way.

Long Trail (Section 03): Stratton-Arlington Road to Mad Tom Notch

A pair of 1,300-foot ascents bookend this 25-mile stretch of Vermont’s Long Trail. In addition to Stratton and Bromley Mountains, this route also samples numerous forested brooks and Green Mountain vistas.

Long Trail (Section 04): Mad Tom Notch to VT 140

Even as this 19.2-mile stretch of the Vermont Long Trail loses more elevation than it gains. Plus: thru-hikers are treated to pond-side shelters, Green Mountain overlooks, and more challenging terrain.

Long Trail (Section 05): VT 140 to US 4

Nearly 7,000-feet of climbing are spread over this 22-mile point-to-point on Vermont’s Long Trail; the highlight is a 2,400-foot ascent to 360-degree views atop Killington Peak.

Long Trail (Section 06): US 4 to Brandon Gap

Tracking northwest along the western edge of the Green Mountains, this 19-mile section of the Long Trail skirts several peaks on an increasingly rugged path.

Long Trail (Section 07): Brandon Gap to Cooley Glen

Heading north through the Breadloaf Wilderness, this 19-mile Long Trail section tackles rugged climbs on a route that traces ridgelines and wanders through a Vermont ski area.

Long Trail (Section 08): Cooley Glen to Birch Glen

A true ridgeline trek in the Green Mountains, this 15-mile point-to-point section of the Long Trail skirts classic Vermont ski areas, offering far-off vistas and several overlooks.

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

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.

Long Trail (Section 12): Tillotson Camp to Journey’s End

This 21-mile homestretch of Vermont’s Long Trail conquers one more mammoth Green Mountain summit (Jay Peak) before trekking north to the Canadian border and Journey’s End.

Long Trail (Section 09): Birch Glen to Buchanan Shelter

One of the toughest stretches on the Long Trail, this 23-miler tackles an exposed, boulder-scrambling climb to Camels Hump while enjoying views of the Greens, Whites, and Adirondacks.

Long Trail (Section 10): Buchanan Shelter to VT 15

A 25.7-mile point-to-point across some of the toughest terrain in the Green Mountains, this Long Trail section scrambles up Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak.

Manchester, VT: Stratton Pond via the Long Trail

Ogle fiery color in the Green Mountains.

Long Trail Compilation

This is a compilation of all 12 sections of the Long Trail hike.

Long Trail: Monroe Skyline

Sample a 15-mile stretch of the Long Trail on this challenging leg between Appalachian Gap and Duxbury Road. Expect steep scrambles, big elevation gains, and sweet views.

Burlington, VT: Camels Hump via Burrows Trail

Ascend Camels Hump’s 4,083-foot summit for panoramic views of the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks, and Mount Washington.

Burlington: Mt. Mansfield Grand Loop

From the east, Mt. Mansfield looks like a supine, elongated face. This 8.1-mile loop covers Vermont’s 4,393-foot highpoint from rocky Forehead to an exposed ridgeline leading to the low stubble of alpine grasses atop the Chin.

Burlington, VT: Belvidere Mountain

A peaceful loop hike past a large beaver pond and Tillotson’s Camp to a 50-foot fire tower on one of the least traveled sections of the Long Trail.

Lye Brook Wilderness, VT: Stratton Mountain via Bourn Pond

Climb to an expansive view of green rollers that inspired two long trails on this 22-mile loop in the Lye Brook Wilderness.

Vermont’s Long Trail: Thru Hike the Green Mountain State

Plan a life-list thru hike in the Green Mountains on the 277-mile Long Trail using our interactive guide to America’s first long-distance path.

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Montpelier: Mount Moosalamoo

Passing through a mature hardwood forest, this 6.2-mile out-and-back contours gradually up Mt. Moosalamoo for fine views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and Lake Dunmore.

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Montpelier, VT: Cotton Brook Loop

At 9.9 miles, this multi-use loop gently climbs an old logging road crisscrossing Cotton Brook, then moves up the banks of a reservoir with dramatic views of the Worcester Range.

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Montpelier, VT: Moose Mountain

Climb less than 1,000 ft. to craggy overlooks of Lake Willoughby and Mount Pisah on this 8.3-mile out-and-back in Willoughby State Park.

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