The Long Trail is considered to be the “Oldest Long-Distance Hiking Trail in the US.” Completed in 1930, the 272 miles of the Long Trail offer quite a lot of variety, as the trail winds its way from the Massachusetts-Vermont border to the Vermont-Canada border.
The southern 100 miles of the trail is concurrent with the Appalachian Trail, and is considered to be the easier part of the trail. The northern section of the trail is very steep, rocky and rooty.
My Favorite Long Trail Photos
A good friend, Phenix (we had met on the AT in 2011), had asked me to join him on the hike a few months prior, and I am glad I was able to join him. I had a great time on the LT. It is not an easy trail, especially the northern half. Most of the climbs are rewarded with great views however, and there are some nice ridges to walk along. The first part of June was cold that year, and rainy days were particularly chilly…But the latter half of the hike gave us excellent weather.
Looking forward, I would like to hike the LT in the winter. New England snowshoeing can be superb, and I would try to plan the hike during a winter that had decent snow pack. Many of the descents would be even easier with a good snow base, as the roots and rocks would be covered….and I think the winter experience on the trail would be interesting.
We’ve built a site to help hikers plan a Long Trail hike, visit it here -> A Guide to Long Trail Planning
My journal from the 2013 hike is here -> Beardoh’s Long Trail Hike 2013
Below are some of my favorite Long Trail photos from my 2013 south bound hike.
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