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Long Trail (Section 05): VT 140 to US 4

Nearly 7,000-feet of climbing are spread over this 22-mile point-to-point on Vermont's Long Trail; the highlight is a 2,400-foot ascent to 360-degree views atop Killington Peak.

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Kicking off with a stiff 1,000-foot climb over Bear Mountain, this 22-mile run on the Long Trail (also the Appalachian Trail on this route), serves up one of the thru-hikes first sustained ascents: a 6-mile, 2,400-foot approach to Killington Peak (at 4,235 feet, it’s Vermont’s second highest summit after Mount Mansfield).
Before the big hump of the day, the route descends from Bear and tracks north, passing by two overlooks above VT-30 before heading northeast to the Clarendon shelter. Further east at the Clement shelter, thru-hikers must decide whether to call it a day or hunker down for the final (and steepest) 3.5 miles of the climb up Killington. After the steepest stretch up to Little Killington, the route traverses north across a saddle and arrives at a junction leading down to the Cooper Lodge. Drop your packs at the shelter and hike up the 300-foot, .5-mile out-and-back to the top of Killington (where expansive 360-degree views across the Green Mountains await). From the lodge, it’s a 7-mile downhill run to the end of the section at US 4.

Shelters: Minverva Hinchey, Clarendon, Clement, Cooper Lodge, Churchill Scott

-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: 35.3



Location: 43.4568786, -72.9327687

The Long Trail leaves from the right end of the parking lot on VT-140 (facing away from the road) and immediately begins a stiff, switchback climb up Bear Mountain (gaining 1,000 feet over the next 1.5 miles).


Location: 43.4643943, -72.9356252

Turn right to continue on the LT. A blue-blazed side trail continues straight.


Location: 43.4828989, -72.9275003

At the junction with the Lake Trail/Patch Hollow, continue straight on the Long Trail. Ahead, the route jogs left than right on and off a logging road.


Location: 43.4879803, -72.9252586

The LT passes a junction to the Minerva Hinchey shelter. Ahead the LT climbs a ridge above Spring Lake.


Location: 43.5111799, -72.9274178

The LT passes a westward overlook over an airport outside Rutland.


Location: 43.5167086, -72.9262787

Cross a dirt road; shortly ahead the LT crosses the Mill River and VT-103 before picking up a steep 600-foot climb to the Clarendon Lookout.


Location: 43.5241661, -72.9129638

The LT passes a junction to the Clarendon shelter. Heading east, the LT climbs 400 feet to the top of Beacon Hill, then continues east to cross Lottery Road.


Location: 43.5343299, -72.8736732

Cross a dirt road; shortly ahead the LT crosses a paved road (Cold River).


Location: 43.5407889, -72.8607818

Pass an overlook of the Gould Brook below. Shortly ahead the trail descends to and crosses the brook before following Sargent Brook up a mild grade. Note: the Gould Brook ford can be difficult in high water.


Location: 43.5501538, -72.8569476

Cross Upper Cold River Rd./VT-12.


Location: 43.5572235, -72.8526548

Cross Clement Shelter Rd; from here the LT continues uphill, paralleling the road en route the shelter proper. Before continuing past the shelter, consider that a 4-mile, 2,000-foot climb to Killington Mountain lies ahead.


Location: 43.5895176, -72.8171974

Pass the blue-blazed turn-off for Shrewsbury Peak and continue heading west, uphill (for another 300-feet) towards the summit of Little Killington.


Location: 43.6056114, -72.8224011

To continue downhill on the LT towards Cooper Lodge, bear left here. For an .5-mile out-and-back detour to the top of Killington Mountain, turn right.

Ahead the LT descends across the ridge saddle to Snowden Peak before continuing on below Rams Head as it follows contours to the northwest.


Location: 43.6335983, -72.8299397

At a saddle below Pico Peak, pass a turn-off for Pico Camp. Ahead the trail begins a steady 3-mile descent past the Churchill Scott shelter down to US-4.


Location: 43.6462328, -72.852882

Pass the Churchill Scott shelter.


Location: 43.6665695, -72.850057

Section 5 ends at US-4.

Killington Peak View

Location: 43.6046192, -72.820344

A misty view from the second highest peak in Vermont.

Descending to Patch Hollow

Location: 43.476286, -72.933704

The Long Trail on the way down from Bear Mountain.

Minerva Hinchey Shelter

Location: 43.4880153, -72.9247785

Gap in the Trees

Location: 43.511211, -72.9274607

A clearing in the tree cover affords a westward view worth pausing for.

Bob Bruggman Bridge

Location: 43.52124, -72.925217

Crossing the Mill River over a memorial bridge.

Clarendon Lookout

Location: 43.5255263, -72.9219675

Clarendon Shelter

Location: 43.5236126, -72.9126763

Governor Clement Shelter

Location: 43.5646426, -72.8483999

Heading up Little Killington

Location: 43.581774, -72.828018

Cooper Lodge

Location: 43.606038, -72.822746

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