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Long Trail (Section 11): VT 15 to Tillotson Camp

Ranging 23-miles through northern Vermont, this Long Trail section continues through rugged terrain and rewards thru-hikers with sweeping views of the Green Mountain range.

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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,

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: 36.8



Location: 44.644964, -72.7282047

From the parking area on VT-15 head northwest towards the Lamoille River; ahead, a ladder aids in the descent down to the river. Cross the river and then begin the climb to Prospect Rock.


Location: 44.6550034, -72.7231439

After a steep 200-foot climb, reach the top of Prospect Rock, which affords a nice view of the Lamoille River Valley to the south.


Location: 44.6577283, -72.7214281

Reach the parking lot and turn left on Prospect Rock Rd; shortly ahead, the trail re-enters the woods on the right and begins a moderate climb up Roundtop before descending past the Roundtop Shelter.


Location: 44.681342, -72.7193765

Cross Plot Road and continue climbing.


Location: 44.7077507, -72.7113781

Cross Codding Hollow Road and begin a steep 1,000-foot climb up Laraway Mountain. Just before the top of the climb you’ll reach the Laraway Lookout (with sweeping views to the southeast.


Location: 44.7259194, -72.7119259

From the top of Laraway, continue down the east ridge on a gradual descent. Further on, the LT drops down steeper contours to a forest road.


Location: 44.7062947, -72.6844255

Continue on the LT past Corliss Camp and begin a short climb up Butternut Mountain.


Location: 44.722175, -72.6548212

Cross Basin Brook and follow blazes as the LT follows a few forest roads to a gravel road. Follow the gravel road for .2 mi and then turn right back into the woods to climb the north slope of Bowen Mountain.


Location: 44.7244886, -72.6359057

Head northeast on the LT atop the ridge of Bowen Mountain. Ahead the LT descends to Spruce Ledge Camp.


Location: 44.7454286, -72.6114277

Reach a junction with a Spruce Ledge Camp; the LT continues descending here soon curling east to navigate boulder obstacles in Devil’s Gulch.


Location: 44.7488124, -72.6027979

West of Ritterbush Pond, pass a junction for the Babcock Trail. Ahead, the LT climbs north away from the pond.


Location: 44.7638499, -72.5867535

Cross VT-118 and begin the 1,800-foot climb up Belvidere Mountain.


Location: 44.7740731, -72.5532865

At the saddle below the bummit of Belvidere, reach a 4-way junction with the Foresters Trail. Turn left to descend from Belvidere on the LT.


Location: 44.7996216, -72.5509644

Section 11 ends amongst beaver dams at Tillotson Camp.

Laraway Lookout

Location: 44.72516, -72.716681

Pausing at the Laraway Lookout Perch

Crossing the Lamoille

Location: 44.6513145, -72.7290201

Prospect Rock View

Location: 44.6551001, -72.7232695

The Lamoille River Valley from Prospect Rock

Green Mountain Vista

Location: 44.6726815, -72.7264023

Tiny Cascade

Location: 44.701901, -72.718572

In the Ferns

Location: 44.705579, -72.715899

Laraway Lookout View

Location: 44.7249972, -72.7169609

Corliss Camp Junction

Location: 44.706066, -72.68424

A Fern Path on the LT

Location: 44.709405, -72.661646

Bowen’s South Summit

Location: 44.7244179, -72.6355934

Side Trail to Spruce Ledge

Location: 44.745255, -72.610651

Devils Gulch Scrambling

Location: 44.745973, -72.607741

Boulder Squeeze

Location: 44.745711, -72.606552

A tight pass in Devil’s Gulch

Gulch Roots

Location: 44.746292, -72.605829

Enormous roots add to the navigation challenge of Devil’s Gulch.

Belvidere Lookout

Location: 44.776452, -72.555707

Tillotson Camp Junction

Location: 44.7996216, -72.551651

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