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Tonight, we're doing something a little different. I'm going to share some photos of my weekend on a section of the Long Trail in beautiful Vermont. This of course will be accompanied by our usual eco-diary roundup.
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This wasn't a particularly long hike. Just 18 miles over a couple of days. However, it did include a summit of the highest peak in the state, with plenty of elevation changes and a number of scrambles.
The first day was a little cloudy, but fortunately there wasn't any precipitation. We got to the trailhead in the afternoon, and it was only a couple of miles to the first lodge. I was expecting more of an open shelter, but apparently the Green Mountain Club has some nice facilities available for only 5 bucks a night, and we had them all to ourselves.
The next day the sky cleared up nicely, and we left the frosty morning behind on our ascent up Bolton Mt. Along the way, we got a nice look from Harrington's View, at an elevation of about 2500 ft.
We encountered a couple of streams in the coniferous forests with the distinctive color of tannins (think tea and coffee).
We proceeded over Bolton Mt. (3725 ft) and Mt. Mayo (3160 ft), and then descended into Nebraska Notch, where we ate lunch next to a photogenic pond.
We also got a look at where we had been:
(At least, I'm fairly certain that's Mayo and Bolton).
From the notch, we still had a few miles and about a thousand feet to go to get to Butler lodge. This lodge was even nicer than the first one, and had an excellent view.
After settling in, we got to witness a gorgeous sunset.
The next morning we continued our ascent up Mt. Mansfield. Again, the weather was beautiful.
The climb got a little bit trickier the further we went, and I didn't take any more photos until we had made it most of the way up to the Forehead of Mt. Mansfield.
Mansfield has quite a ridgeline, including the Forehead, the Nose, and the summit at the Chin.
(From the forehead, the Nose (towers) and the Chin in the distance.)
The trail along the ridge was a lot of fun. The area is well protected because of the sensitivity of the alpine plants, and so the trail was clearly marked on either side where necessary.
The gondola for the ski area was in operation, and if my legs had a vote, they probably would have gone for it. But of course I wasn't going to miss the best part!
(looking back toward the Nose and the Forehead.)
(I'm certain there is an interesting story behind the name for this trail...)
(Apparently there is flora up on Mansfield that is found nowhere else in the state of Vermont.)
The view from the Chin was amazing. We could see New York (the Adirondacks), Canada, and New Hampshire.
The USGS marker was pretty easy to find:
And of course I had to have my picture taken at the very tippy-top:
After that, it was seemingly straight down (not really, but it was a bit steep for a while there). It's not as impressive in the photos, but a couple of us looked back up and said something like, 'wow, we just came down from there!'
One last view before coming down into the valley:
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