Time  5 hours 29 minutes

Coordinates 1328

Uploaded October 26, 2016

Recorded October 2016

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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-From 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 to Stratton-Arlington Rd

Tour of the Appalachian Trail (Appalachian Trail), passing through the state of Vermont (United States), from south to north, from its intersection with the VT-9 route, near the town of Bennington, VT , next to City Stream, to the Goddard Shelter, very close to the top of 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 space of more than 90 square kilometers, 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 oldest long distance railway in the United States, created between 1910 and 1930, with a total length of 438 km. (always through the state of Vermont), from the boundary of this state with Massachusetts, in the vicinity of the town of Williamstown, MA, until 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 set.

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

A stage on horseback of two seasons: we started it in autumn, and we finished 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 by the magnificent wooden bridge with 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 first quite steep, until reaching the Split Rock (curious formation with two large rocks split by a very smooth cut and placed in parallel, forming a kind of passage between them); and then the climb becomes a bit more gradual, to the top without a view of the Mapple Hill (2,620 feet) , located shortly after a power line.


Steep initial climb to the top of the 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 areas of the Green Mountain National Forest, but when you go down Mapple Hill, the path crosses a fairly flat area, Easily for the flood, and we found stretches of the trail covered by water, and quite muddy. At a short distance, the Hell Hollow Brook also came down with much more flow than usual, without completely covering the stones placed for its fording.


Hell Hollow Brook

Crossing the Hell Hollow Brook, the trail continues with another stretch of gradual climb, passing through two beautiful viewpoints: Porcupine Lookout (located at 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 being able to appreciate the views from the height that little by little the path is gaining, but the day, although rainy, is very pleasant, and the forest in autumn is even more beautiful, with a spectacular coloring.


Path in autumn

Shortly before reaching 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 some clothes, but the snow was over, and a strong blizzard arose that prevented fire.

Coiled as we could inside the shelter, and trying to cover the open area with ponchos, as the blizzard made the snow enter the interior, heat a little water to prepare something to dine, and to fill the boats with water hot with which to warm the sleeping bags a bit.


Goddard Shelter. Clothes moistened, frozen, like icicles

At dusk three other mountaineers came to the shelter, who had also been surprised by the snowstorm, and although it was not their initial purpose, they also decided to stay the night there, 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 autumnal night, which never stopped snowing for 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. of accumulated increase: 919.96 m
Desn. of accumulated descent: 265.42 m
Maximum height: 1096.32 m
Minimum height: 435.1 m
Total time: 5:29:42 h
Time in motion: 5:10:16 h
Time stopped: 0:19:26 h
Average total speed: 2.84 Km / h
Average speed in movement: 3.02 Km / h
  • Photo of Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
  • Photo of Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
  • Photo of Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
  • Photo of Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
  • Photo of Inicio de la etapa. Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-9 - Bennigton, VT. City Stream. William A. McArthur Memorial Bridge
  • Photo of 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
  • Photo of Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock
  • Photo of Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock
  • Photo of Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock
  • Photo of Empinada subida inicial hacia la cima de la Mapple Hill, y Split Rock
  • Photo of 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
  • Photo of Melville Nauheim Shelter
  • Photo of Melville Nauheim Shelter
  • Photo of Melville Nauheim Shelter
  • Photo of Melville Nauheim Shelter
  • Photo of Melville Nauheim Shelter
Melville Nauheim Shelter
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
Bastantes charcos de agua en las zonas llanas
  • Photo of Hell Hollow Brook
  • Photo of Hell Hollow Brook
  • Photo of Hell Hollow Brook
  • Photo of Hell Hollow Brook
Hell Hollow Brook
  • Photo of Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia
  • Photo of Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia
  • Photo of Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia
Porcupine Lookout (2.815 pies). Mirador, sin vista por la lluvia
  • Photo of Little Pond Lookout (3.060 pies). Otro mirador, sin vistas a consecuencia de la lluvia
  • Photo of 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
  • Photo of Sendero bajando
  • Photo of Sendero bajando
  • Photo of Sendero bajando
Sendero bajando
  • Photo of Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque
  • Photo of Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque
  • Photo of Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque
Un poco de lluvia y mucha variedad de hongos en el bosque
  • Photo of Subida
  • Photo of Subida
  • Photo of Subida
  • Photo of Subida
Subida
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
  • Photo of Goddard Shelter
Goddard Shelter

3 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.

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