Saturday, August 11th
Join local GMC sections throughout Vermont as they celebrate the Long Trail with guided hikes and visits to some of the state’s most spectacular places. Or register to hike a piece of the Long Trail to celebrate the trail on your own. Then continue the fun at local breweries, who will host hikers after their day on the Long Trail.
Check out the available hikes and breweries, and register below!
- Broad Brook/LT-AT/Pine Cobble Loop (10 miles RT with car spot) – Williamstown, MA. 1600 feet of gain going CCW. Difficult.
- Stratton Mountain out-and-back from Kelly Stand Road (7.6 miles RT) – Stratton, VT. 1800 feet of gain. Difficult.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Spruce Peak out-and-back from Route 11/30 (4.8 miles RT) – Manchester, VT. 300 feet of gain. Easy.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Bromley Mountain out-and-back from VT 11/30 (6 miles RT) – Manchester, VT. 1400 feet of gain. Moderate.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** White Rocks out-and-back from Picnic Area (3.2 miles RT) – Wallingford, VT. 1300 feet of gain. Easy/Moderate.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Pico Peak out-and-back from LT/AT parking on Route 4 (9.6 miles RT) – Mendon/Killington, VT. 2100 feet of gain. Difficult.
- Deer Leap loop from Sherburne Pass (~3 miles RT) – Killington, VT. 800 feet of gain. Easy.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Worth Mountain out-and-back from Middlebury Gap (5.4 miles RT) – Ripton, VT. 1300 feet of gain. Moderate.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Mt. Abe out-and-back from Lincoln Gap (5.2 miles RT) – Lincoln, VT. 1600 feet of gain. Moderate/Difficult.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Forest City/Burrows Loop on Camels Hump (5.7 miles RT) – Huntington, VT. 2200 feet of gain. Moderate/Difficult.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Sunset Ridge, Chin, Maple Ridge, CCC Loop (8.6 miles RT) – Underhill, VT. 2500 feet of gain. Difficult.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Elephant’s Head out-and-back from Barnes Camp (~5 miles RT) – Stowe, VT. 1500 feet of gain. Moderate.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Prospect Rock out-and-back from Route 15 (2.8 miles RT) – Johnson, VT. 500 feet of gain. Easy.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Laraway Mountain out-and-back from Codding Hollow parking (4.4 miles RT) – Belvidere Junction, VT. 1500 feet of gain. Moderate.
- **THIS HIKE IS FULL** Jay Peak out-and-back from Jay Pass (3.4 miles RT) – Jay, VT. 1600 feet of gain. Moderate
A Note on Hike Difficulty
Long Trail Day hikes are classified as Easy, Moderate, or Difficult, or a combination if a particular hike is on the border between two difficulties. These are subjective ratings and it is important to consider them in the context of the Long Trail itself, which is known for its steep grades, rocky terrain, mud, and uneven footing. An “Easy” hike here may be more like a moderate hike elsewhere, such as a state or county park. With that said, here is what to expect from each difficulty rating:
Easy: These hikes are all less than 5 miles in length and have less than 1000 feet in elevation gain. The longer hikes have less elevation gain/loss, and the shorter hikes have a bit more. All “Easy” hikes will feature some short, steep terrain. These might be a good choice for a family with young children.
Moderate: These hikes are similar in length to the Easy hikes (none are longer than 6 miles) but feature more elevation gain/loss and longer sustained climbs. Expect up to 1500 feet of elevation gain.
Difficult: These hikes will be up to 10 miles in length and/or include 2500 feet of elevation gain and loss, as well as steep, rocky terrain, and small technical climbs/descents. For experienced day-hikers only.
We will send out hike meeting times and trailhead locations to registered participants the week of the event. All hikes will be scheduled to end around 3:30PM so you can get to the breweries by 4:00PM. If you sign up for a longer hike, it will start earlier in the day. If you sign up for a shorter hike, it will start later in the day.
What’s a hike without a drink after? Come join us at five local breweries throughout the state from 4-6PM. A GMC representative will be at each one to talk trail.
Ready to Join Us?
Registration for the group hikes ended August 5th but you can still register to hike on your own!