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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


Trail Facts

  • Distance: 33.5



Location: 42.8849514, -73.1154953

From the parking lot on VT-9 (toilet available), the Long Trail crosses City Stream and immediately begins a steep ascent up rock steps.


Location: 42.8880114, -73.0964936

Turn right for the Melville Nauheim shelter; otherwise continue north on the Long Trail.


Location: 42.8944031, -73.0921239

Just below the summit of Maple Hill, the Long Trail enters the Glastenbury Wilderness.


Location: 42.906561, -73.0873829

Cross Hell Hollow Brook; if you have time to linger (and it’s a hot day), there’s a swimming hole here.


Location: 42.9740855, -73.0722248

Shortly after leaving the Glastenbury Wilderness, the trail passes a junction down to the Goddard Shelter here. Just ahead, reach the firetower near the summit of Glastenbury Mountain.


Location: 43.0144009, -73.0433422

Near the bottom of the descent from Glastenbury, the trail passes a junction to the Kid Gore Shelter.


Location: 43.0235334, -73.0374565

Come to a powerline view point with a bench.


Location: 43.0415515, -73.0192102

Here the trail encounters the first of two crossings of South Alder Brook. Ahead, the trail skirts a long beaver pond.


Location: 43.0503816, -73.0124812

A short walk from the end of the section, the trail passes the Story Spring Shelter.


Location: 43.0538261, -72.9903413

The white-blazed Long Trail continues straight across USFS-71. Note: in bad weather, you may want to consider bypassing the exposed summit of Stratton Mountain. To do so, turn left here, continue to the T-junction with Stratton-Arlington Rd., make a right and then a quick left onto a trail route that bypasses Stratton Mountain and rejoins the Long Trail at Stratton Pond.


Location: 43.053318, -72.9748306

Cross Black Brook.


Location: 43.0538178, -72.9718018

Here the Long Trail/AT turn east off of a jeep road.


Location: 43.0611954, -72.9685974

The Long Trail/AT turns east on Stratton-Arlington Rd., crosses East Branch Deerfield River, then heads W @ the far end of the parking lot.

Goddard Shelter

Location: 42.9738518, -73.0723

Glastenbury Summit View

Location: 42.977841, -73.071544

Fire Tower Summit

Location: 42.977841, -73.071544

Atop Glastenbury Mountain

Beaver Pond

Location: 43.046132, -73.013792

White Blaze

Location: 43.046561, -73.013826

Kid Gore Shelter

Location: 43.014093, -73.0429459

Story Spring Shelter

Location: 43.0503878, -73.0123043

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