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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.

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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,

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To Trailhead

Start: From Williamstown, MA, head east on Main St/MA-2 and go L on Cole Ave.In .8 mi, turn R on N Hoosac and then make an immediate L back on Cole Ave. Make next R on Pine Cobble Rd. and go .2 mi to parking.End: From Beech St. in Bennington, head east on

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