Though Section 11 of Long Trail doest not tackle signature Vermont peaks like Camels Hump and Mount Mansfield (as Sections 9 and 10 do), thru-hikers still have plenty of tough ascents and rough descents to contend with on this 23-mile route–not to mention, plenty of rewarding Green Mountain vistas.
From VT 15, the route descends a trail ladder before crossing the Lamoille River and then climbing to Prospect Rock. Enjoy an overlook of the Lamoille River Valley and then continue climbing up to the broad summit of Roundtop (where another overlook awaits). Descend past the Roundtop Shelter, and then pick up steady climb up Laraway Mountain. Enjoy a view south of Mount Mansfield from the Laraway Lookout, then descend southeast along the ridge down to Corliss Camp.
Continuing northwest, the LT climbs the ridge of Bowen Mountain before dropping steeply down (past Spruce Ledge Camp) to Devil’s Gulch. Here you’ll scramble and squeeze through a large boulder field before skirting Ritterbush Pond and continuing north. After crossing VT 118, the final (and steepest) climb of the day awaits up Belvidere Mountain. After conquering this 2.2-mile, 1,500-foot challenge, it’s about 2.5 miles to the section’s end at Tillotson Camp.
Shelters: Roundtop, Corliss Camp, Spruce Ledge Camp, Tillotson Camp
-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com
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