Time  10 hours 21 minutes

Coordinates 2563

Uploaded December 14, 2015

Recorded December 2015

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near Woodford, Vermont (United States)

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Stage 135

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 134 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MASSACHUSETTS - Section 2.1 - From Mt Greylock to Mass. 2 - North Adams
⇒ Link to the next stage: 136 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT - Section 8.2 - From VT-9 - Bennington to Goddard Shelter / Glastenbury Mountain

Tour of sections 9 of Vermont, and 1 of Massachusetts, of the Appalachian Trail, from north to south, on land belonging to the Green Mountain National Forest (VT) and the Clarksburg State Forest (MA).

The route crosses the border line between the states of Vermont and Massachusetts, and at that same point the Long Trail begins, which is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, with 272 miles in length, all of them in the state of Vermont, and that coincides with the layout of the Appalachian Trail during the first 100 miles, approximately.

The stage begins at the intersection of Appalachian Trail with Route 9, near the town of Bennington, VT.

The first two miles of the route run on a continuous climb to Harmon Hill (2,325 feet), at the beginning, on a very steep stretch, and shortly afterwards with a more moderate slope.

Already at the top of Harmon Hill, you can see a beautiful panoramic view to the north, with the Bald and Glastenbury mountains, and to the west, Mt. Anthony and the town of Bennington, VT.

We continue the rope of the mountain, at heights ranging between 2,000 and 2,500 feet, and after about 4.5 miles from the beginning, we find the Congdon Shelter, located very close to the shore of the Stamford Stream, and preceded by a Nice little beaver pond.

The Congdon Shelter, named in memory of Herber Wheaton Congdon, pioneer of the Long Trail, collaborator in the construction of the trail, editor and cartographer, was built in 1967 and renovated in 1994. It has a place for 8 people, space for tents and latrine.

Starting from the refuge, the trail runs through the proximity, almost in parallel, of the Stamford Stream, with beautiful views of the river and its small waterfalls and rapids.

In the vicinity of the Stamford Streem, remains of the foundation of a 19th-century tavern have been found. and a forest employee also found a prehistoric rock tool. A subsequent investigation, by a team of archaeologists, concluded that this area of Stamford Streem and Stamford Meadows, was inhabited thousands of years ago.

Leaving the Stamford Streem course behind, we reach the Sucker Pond, a small tributary reservoir of this same river, which is used for the water supply of the city of Bennington, VT, and therefore it is not allowed in it, nor the bathroom , nor the camping in the area.

A short mile from the Sucker Pond, the trail reaches the 2,840-foot peak of the Consultation Peak, and a mile later, after a moderate descent, crosses the Roaring Branch, a small stream that starts from a wetland area with beaver dams, and that goes west.

Subsequently, a new and gentle ascent leads us to an area cleared by the passage of an electric power line, and a short distance, without a name, which marks the highest point of this route (3,025 feet), with a panoramic view to the west .

From this point, and until you reach North Adams, MA, the trail descends for a journey of eight and a half miles, in some places smoothly and gradually, and in others abruptly.

In this final journey, the passage through East Mountain stands out, where the dividing line of the states of Vermont and Massachuetts is located, located 4.1 miles from the end of the stage, identified in the place with the corresponding signage and plaque reminding that in that same place is the southern starting point of the historic Long Trail (the oldest trail in the United States), and that, as already mentioned above, during its journey north through the state of Vermont, It shares its first 100 miles with the Appalachian Trail.

Also noteworthy, already in the Clarksburg State Forest area, the steep and rocky descent that follows the intersection of the AT with the Pine Cobble Trail, at the High Point, located at the southern end of the East Mountain, with magnificent panoramic views of Berkshire Hills, Hoosac Range and Taconics, as well as Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts's highest peak (3,491 feet).
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Inicio de la etapa en la ruta 9, Bennington, VT.

Inicio de la etapa en la ruta 9, Bennington, VT.
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Muy fuerte subida hacia Harmon Hill (2.325 pies)

Muy fuerte subida hacia Harmon Hill (2.325 pies)
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Sendero. Bastantes zonas húmedas. Pasos con tablas.

Sendero. Bastantes zonas húmedas. Pasos con tablas.
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Vista próxima a la cima de Harmon Hill

Vista próxima a la cima de Harmon Hill
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Vista desde la cima de Harmon Hill (2.325 pies)

Vista desde la cima de Harmon Hill (2.325 pies)
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Torrente

Torrente
Lake

Pequeño embalse

Pequeño embalse
Shelter

Congdon Shelter

Congdon Shelter
River

Stamford Stream, desde las proximidades del Congdon Shelter

Stamford Stream, desde las proximidades del Congdon Shelter
River

Stamford Stream

Stamford Stream
Lake

Sucker Pond

Sucker Pond
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Sendero

Sendero
Summit

Consultation Peak (2.840 pies)

Consultation Peak (2.840 pies)
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Vista panorámica y sendero

Vista panorámica y sendero
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Roaring Branch. Humedal

Roaring Branch. Humedal
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Tendido eléctrico y vistas

Tendido eléctrico y vistas
Intersection

Intersección del AT con County Road

Intersección del AT con County Road
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Sendero

Sendero
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Zona de rocas

Zona de rocas
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Línea divisoria entre los estados de Vermont y Massachusetts. Inicio del Long Trail

Dividing line between the states of Vermont and Massachusetts. Start of the Long Trail
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Eph´s Lookout. Vista panorámica

Eph´s Lookout. Vista panorámica
Intersection

Cruce del AT con el ´98 Trail

Cruce del AT con el ´98 Trail
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Pine Cobble Trail y zona muy pedregosa

Intersección del AT con el Pine Cobble Trail y zona muy pedregosa
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Vista panorámica y bajada muy pronunciada, en roca

Vista panorámica y bajada muy pronunciada, en roca
Camping

Desvío a Sherman Brook campsite

Desvío a Sherman Brook campsite
fountain

Pete´s Spring

Pete´s Spring
Parking

Final de la etapa. North Adams, MA. Greylock Community Club

Final de la etapa. North Adams, MA. Greylock Community Club

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