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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.

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Starting at Mad Tom Notch and running north to VT 140 just outside Wallingford, Vermont, this 19.2-mile stretch of the Long Trail, starts with a short but steep climb to the ridge connecting Styles and Peru Peak. From there, the route follows a mostly downhill course (with the exception of a fun rock slab climb up Baker Peak) to its low-point about 10 miles in near the Big Branch shelter (and swimming area). From there, the LT continues on a gradual grade to Little Rock Pond (with a shelter and shorefront tent platforms) before a final climb up to the White Rocks cliff overlook. From there, it’s a steep 1,300-foot drop down to the end of the section at VT-140.

Shelters: Peru Peak, Lost Pond, Lula Tye, Little Rock Pond, Greenwall.

Water notes: From Mad Tom Notch, the first reliable water source is 4.3 miles in at the Peru Peak shelter.

-Mapped by Berne Broudy,
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To Trailhead

Start:From Londonberry, go W on VT-11 for 4.1 mi and turn R on Lovers Ln. In 1 mi, R on Hapgood Pond Rd, and then bear L on North Rd. In .8 mi, L on Mad Tom Notch Rd. and go 2.1 mi to parking on L. End: From Wallingford, go S on US-7 to VT 140. Turn L on and continue 2.7 mi to trailhead on L.

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