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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.

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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.

Water source notes: there are no reliable water sources between Hell Hollow Brook and the Congdon shelter.

-Mapped by Berne Broudy,

Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6 | Section 7 | Section 8 | Section 9 | Section 10 | Section 11 | Section 12

To Trailhead

Start: From Beech St. in Bennington, head east on VT-9 for 4.4 mi to parking on left. End: From Wardsboro, VT, head south on 43rd Infantry Division Memorial Hwy./VT 100. Turn right onto Stratton-Arlington Rd. and continue 6.9 mi. to trailhead.

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