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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.

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Departing north from Brandon Gap, this 19-mile section of the Long Trail challenges thru-and dayhikers alike with over 7,000 feet of rugged elevation gain and nearly that much descending. The route begins with a stiff, 600-foot climb up the southern face of the Great Cliff before heading northwest on a ridgeline trek that connects the summits of Mount Horrid, Cape Lookout Mountain, Gillespie Peak and Romance Mountain before the first shelter option at Sucker Brook.
From the shelter, hike north to scale Worth Mountain before descending to Middlebury Gap through the Middlebury Snowbowl ski area. After crossing VT 125 (the last road access point for this section), the route picks up a long and rugged ascent toward Breadloaf Mountain (spreading over 2,000 feet of climbing across 5 miles.) From Breadloaf, descend to the Emily Proctor shelter. Here you may want to call it a day; it’s another 4.5 miles of tough climbing and descending (over three more Green Mountain summits) before the end of the section at the Cooley Glen shelter.

Shelters: Sucker Brook, Boyce Shelter, Skyline Lodge, Emily Proctor, Cooley Glen. *Middlebury Snowbowl (this is not a GMC shelter).

-Mapped by Berne Broudy,
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To Trailhead

Start: From Brandon, head northwest on VT-73 for 7.2 miles to parking on right. Other Access, Middlebury Gap: From Middlebury, head southeast on US-7/VT-125 for 3.2 mi and turn L to continue on VT-125. Go 9.9 mi to LT intersection at Middlebury Gap.

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