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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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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.0



Location: 43.2580495, -72.9383612

Begin hiking north on the white-blazed Long Trail (also Appalachian Trail) from Mad Tom Notch Rd./USFS-21. The trail immediately begins climbing Styles Peak, switchbacking a few times on the steep upper slopes en route to the summit.


Location: 43.2736301, -72.9380188

From the top of Styles Peak, the LT/AT trek along the top of the ridge that connects to Peru Peak, about 1.6 miles north.


Location: 43.3012466, -72.952841

A steep, rocky, and muddy path leads down to the Peru Peak shelter. Ahead, the LT crosses a series of man-made bridges.


Location: 43.3031371, -72.9581416

Pass a nice tenting area alongside Griffith Lake (a nice spot to take a dip on a hot day). Just ahead, continue straight on the white-blazed LT past junctions for both the Old Job Trail and the Lake Trail.


Location: 43.3234076, -72.9652815

The LT continues up Baker Peak past a junction with the top of the Lake Trail.


Location: 43.3249279, -72.9630804

The climbing levels off atop the broad forested summit of Baker Peak. Ahead, the LT heads north on a gradual descent.


Location: 43.347075, -72.952588

Pass a junction to the Lost Pond shelter on the left.


Location: 43.3632697, -72.9428683

Turn left on the LT to walk alongside and then cross the Ten Kilns Brook. A right turn here leads to the Old Job lean-to (not maintained by the Green Mountain Club as LT shelters are). There are also nice tenting areas on the stretch alongside the brook.


Location: 43.371232, -72.961172

As USFS-10, turn left on the brief road and then, just ahead, right off the road heading north on the trail again. This area is popular with local runners.


Location: 43.3954564, -72.9551129

Pass a junction to the Lula Tye shelter (a short walk from the LT). Just ahead there are some tent platforms at Little Rock Pond.


Location: 43.4038313, -72.9534061

Pass a junction with the Little Rock Pond shelter. The Long Trail continues heading northeast before climbing 400 feet up to the top of the White Rocks ridge.


Location: 43.4430098, -72.9425527

Pass a junction with a short (.2 mi) trail to the top of the White Rocks cliff overlook. Ahead the trail descends.


Location: 43.4422344, -72.9334043

Pass a junction to the Greenwall shelter. The Long Trail continues descending.


Location: 43.4484637, -72.9378462

Turn right on the LT/AT, passing the junction with the Keewaydin Trail. The trail meets Bully Brook just ahead.


Location: 43.4548756, -72.9357619

Cross the dirt road (Sugar Hill Rd.) and proceed to the end of the section at the crossing of VT-140.

Little Rock Pond

Location: 43.3987803, -72.9552698

Bridge Crossing

Location: 43.301399, -72.953902

Peru Peak Shelter Map

Location: 43.301342, -72.952547

Griffith Lake

Location: 43.3060682, -72.9586601

Up and Onwards

Location: 43.323979, -72.964686

Navigating rock slab on the approach to Baker Peak

Brook Crossing

Location: 43.363267, -72.944146

Big Branch Shelter

Location: 43.3641975, -72.9465151

An old but maintained shelter with a nice swimming area near by.

Boulder Field Cairns

Location: 43.433028, -72.941973

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