The next state in this little series is Vermont! Or, by its more common trail nickname, “Vermud”. This nickname, more than held true for my first couple days in the state, as I crossed the border on the heels of a two-day rainstorm. But despite the mud, flooded trails and newly hatched bugs, there was plenty to enjoy in the Green Mountain State.
The entrance to Vermont is marked by the beginning of the Long Trail, the oldest long distance hiking trail in the US. It goes north through Vermont for nearly 250 miles, sharing the first 100 miles or so with the Appalachian Trail. In fact, it was actually the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail. It was interesting to run into and chat with other hikers during that stretch, who were thru hiking the Long Trail.
One of my favorite memories of Vermont, was the many Beaver ponds that dotted the wilderness. I still remember the first time I heard one slap its tail on the water, I actually thought a hiker had fallen into the pond and raced around the bend to help, only to find a beaver swimming around in circles, no doubt laughing at me!
Next is Stratton Mountain, which was marked by a fire tower and a plaque marking it as the inspiration for the Long trail and in turn the Appalachian Trail. That particular day, the black files were out in full force and the trail had been particularly muddy, so I was having a tough time imagining anyone being inspired to build anything within a 100 mile radius! But upon climbing the fire tower, I was given a reprieve from the flies and when I was able to look around, it was clear to see why the area was so inspirational. There was a see of green in every direction, broken up only by the occasional mountain pond. Best of all, there was a Dinosaur watching over everything!
Later that same day, I made it to the top of Bromely Mountain, which is home to a ski resort in the winter. There was a giant ski lift and warming hut at the top and fantastic views of the sunset and later, sunrise views. The one room warming hut was left open, so I set up camp inside, away from the biting flies and cool evening temps.
“The Lookout” was another cool place in Vermont. It was a shelter atop one of the mountains, that had a steep ladder leading to a platform built on top. It was a nice place to rest for a bit and chat with other hikers while taking in the panoramic views before heading back up the trail.
Finally, what post about the Appalachian Trail would be complete without mentioning Randy’s place? Directly across from the White river, just before leaving Vermont, is Randy’s house. He welcomes hikers from the trail with a cooler of bear and a plate of eggs or pancakes! There were about a dozen of us that stayed that day, eating, drinking and jumping off of the bridge into the cool, clear waters of the White River.
So that wraps up this edition of Favorite Places on the Appalachian Trail! The next edition in the series will be New Hampshire and I am already looking forward to searching through oldmemories and pictures in an impossible attempt to capture the beautiful state in one blog post!
Finally, an update on the presentation I mentioned in the last post. Megan “Wiggles” and I will be giving a presentation this coming Sunday at the Adventure University event put on by the Cleveland Metroparks. The talk will focus on things you can do to improve your hiking experience, stay happy and enjoy your time out on the trail!
Our presentation will begin at 11am but the entire event runs from 9am to 12pm, and includes a used gear sale, kayak demonstrations in the pool, outdoor exhibits and a couple other presentations. So if you are in the Northeast Ohio Area, come check it out!
See the link below for more details and a full schedule of events. And if you do make it out, don’t be shy, come up and say hi!
Thanks for reading!