Early October, with kaleidoscopic foliage and zero bugs, is pure heaven. Plus, shelter crowds are smaller than in summer.
Hit Umiak Outdoor Outfitters in Stowe for last-minute supplies. (802) 253-2317
Use the Green Mountain Transit Agency (gmtaride.org; click on “Route 100 Commuter”) to get from Morrisville Center (11 miles from Long Trail Tavern) to the Waterbury Park and Ride (seven miles from your car). Contact the Green Mountain Club (802-244-7037) for a list of Trail Angels willing to drive you to and from the bus stops.