Time  5 hours 29 minutes

Coordinates 1328

Uploaded October 26, 2016

Recorded October 2016

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near Woodford, Vermont (United States)

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Stage 136

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 135 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT AND MASSACHUSETTS -Section 9-VT and 1-MA -De Rt 9, Bennington, VT, to North Adams
⇒ Link to the next stage: 137 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT - Section 8.1 - Goddard Shelter / Glastenbury Mountain at Stratton-Arlington Rd

Tour of the Appalaches Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), as it passes through the state of Vermont (United States), from south to north, from its intersection with Route VT-9, near the town of Bennington, VT , next to the City Stream, to the Goddard Shelter, very close to the top of the Glastenbury Mountain, all inside the Green Mountain National Forest.

A good part of the stage also runs through the Glastenbury Wilderness, wilderness or protected natural area, with more than 90 square kilometers of surface, created in 2006 by the United States Congress.

The stage corresponds to the second part of section 8 of the Appalachian Trail, according to the official distribution of stages of this trail in the state of Vermont, and also coincides in its layout with that of a section of the Long Trail , which is the trail longest long distance in the United States, created between 1910 and 1930, with a total length of 438 km. (always across the state of Vermont), from the border of this state with Massachusetts, in the vicinity of the town of Williamstown, MA, to very close to the Canadian border, in North Troy, Vermont.


Start of the stage. Intersection of the AT with the route VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge

The walk takes place in the last days of October, already with the autumn quite advanced, and with a weather forecast that announces drizzles during the morning, and some snowflakes in the afternoon, without getting to curdle.

As we had occasion to verify, once again the meteorologists erred the forecast, and those "some snowflakes" became from three in the afternoon, and until seven in the morning of the next day, in a major storm of snow, accompanied by a strong wind that lowered the temperature and the sensation ends several degrees below zero, and left a blanket of snow between 4 and 5 inches.

A stage on horseback of two seasons: we start it in autumn, and we finish it in winter.

None of this could be imagined when we started the march on the edge of the VT-9 route, at the point where the path crosses the City Stream through the magnificent wooden bridge of a single arch, built in 1977 and dedicated to the memory of William A. MacArthur, Green Mountain Club volunteer.

The first three kilometers of the route are uphill. At the beginning quite steep, until reaching the Split Rock (curious formation with two large rocks split by a very smooth cut and located in parallel, forming a kind of passage between them); and then the climb becomes a little more gradual, to the top without views of the Mapple Hill (2,620 feet) , located shortly after a power line.


Steep initial climb to the top of Mapple Hill, and Split Rock

Throughout this section, the slope of the mountain itself prevents the accumulation of water and the presence of mud, so common in other more flat areas of the Green Mountain National Forest, but when descending from Mapple Hill, the trail crosses a fairly flat area, with ease for flooding, and we found sections of the path covered by water, and quite muddy. At a short distance, the Hell Hollow Brook also went down much more than usual, without completely covering the stones placed for wading.


Hell hollow brook

Crossing the Hell Hollow Brook, the trail continues with another stretch of gradual ascent, passing through two beautiful viewpoints: Porcupine Lookout (located 2,815 feet) and the Little Pond Lookout (3,060 feet), this time with very little visibility because of The rain.

It is a pity not to be able to appreciate the views from the height that the path is gradually gaining, but the day, although rainy, is very pleasant, and the forest in autumn is even more beautiful, with a spectacular color.


Trail in autumn

Shortly before arriving at the Goddard Shelter, the first snowflakes began to fall. Without importance. We thought that once installed we could prepare a fire, as so many other times, and dry the clothes a little, but the snowfall went further, and a heavy blizzard rose that prevented making fire.

Sheltered as we could inside the shelter, and trying to cover the open area with ponchos, since the blizzard made the snow enter the interior, we heated some water to prepare some dinner, and to fill the boats with water warm with those who can warm the sleeping bags a little.


Goddard Shelter Clothes dampened, frozen, like icicles

At dusk, three other mountaineers arrived at the shelter, who had also been surprised by the snowstorm, and although it was not their initial purpose, they also decided to stay there overnight, to resume the route in the morning.

We shared the space in the best possible way, and we prepared to spend the long, windy and icy autumn night, in which it did not stop snowing even a single moment.


Goddard Shelter Shelter the next morning, after the snowfall

This is the route of this stage, seen in a three-dimensional representation .

IBP Index: 69 HKG
Total distance: 15.63 Km
Desn. Cumulative climb: 919.96 m
Desn. cumulative descent: 265.42 m
Maximum height: 1096.32 m
Minimum height: 435.1 m
Total time: 5:29:42 h
Time in movement: 5:10:16 h
Stopped time: 0:19:26 h
Total average speed: 2.84 Km / h
Average speed in motion: 3.02 Km / h


IBP index. IBP index is an automatic valuation system that scores the difficulty of a route traveled
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Intersection

Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge

Start of the stage. Intersection of the AT with the route VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
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Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock

Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock
Shelter

Melville Nauheim Shelter

Melville Nauheim Shelter
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Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas

Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
River

Hell Hollow Brook

Hell Hollow Brook
panorama

Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia

Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia
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Little Pond Lookout (3.060 pies). Otro mirador, sin vistas a consecuencia de la lluvia

Little Pond Lookout (3,060 feet). Another viewpoint, without views as a result of the rain
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Sendero bajando

Sendero bajando
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Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque

Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque
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Subida

Subida
Shelter

Goddard Shelter

Goddard Shelter

5 comments

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 27, 2016

    Pablo esta es una gran etapa, puro espectáculo en vivo con ese colorido. El disfrute del día habrá sido para enmarcar, buenísimo reportaje de fotos.
    Saludos ....

  • Photo of ladylady

    ladylady Oct 30, 2016

    ¡¡¡El otoño en todo su esplendor!!! ¡¡Qué preciosidad de fotos!!

    Una ruta estupenda. :)
    ¡Muchas gracias por compartir fotos e información!

  • Photo of Gonzalo Guerra

    Gonzalo Guerra Oct 31, 2018

    Beautiful hike. Awesome pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  • Alicia R Mar 23, 2020

    Un sitio precioso y mas ahora que estamos confinados.
    Algún día haremos alguna de las etapas de los Apalaches

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Mar 23, 2020

    Muchas gracias, Alicia.
    En mi opinión, el Appalachian Trail es el líder indiscutible de los grandes senderos. Una experiencia única, de las que no se olvidan jamás.

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