Time  8 hours 4 minutes

Coordinates 1920

Uploaded June 28, 2016

Recorded June 2016

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Stage 142

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 141 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT - Section 6.1 and 5.2 - From the Big Branch Shelter to Wallingford Gulf Road, VT-140
⇒ Link to the following stage: 143 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT -Section 4.1 - From Rt US-4 to Killington Peak, Governor Clement and Swansong Shelter

Tour of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), passing through the state of Vermont (United States), on this occasion, and exceptionally, in a north-south direction, for reasons exclusively of logistics.

The stage corresponds to section 4.2 and 5.1 according to the official distribution of sections of the Appalachian Trail in the state of Vermont, and starts shortly after passing the Governor Clement Shelter, in a private refuge called Swansong Shelter, located 600 meters away. west of the trail crossing the bridge that crosses the Sargent Brook, and ends at the intersection of the AT with the VT-140 route and the Roaring Brook, near the town of Wallingford, VT.

The day is dry and sunny, and the temperature is high, so we started the day very early, at dawn.

The route of this stage follows the so-called Coolidge Range, and coincides in its layout with that of a section of the Long Trail, which is the oldest long distance trail 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, to very close to the Canadian border, in North Troy, Vermont.

Throughout the whole day, but especially during the first half of the tour, the devastating effect caused by tropical storm Irene (August 27 to September 2, 2011), which affected the entire state directly, is striking. of Vermont, demolishing houses, trees and power lines, and destroying bridges, roads and trails.

The Appalachian Trail was very directly affected by this destructive effect of the hurricane, and in addition to the arduous task of reconstruction and rehabilitation of the trail, the layout of some stretches had to be rethought. As a result of this work, there are new tracks, bridges and roads nowadays, and the maps do not include some of these recent modifications.

The slopes and rivers full of dead trees is another effect derived from that terrible storm.

Another characteristic note of the first part of this stage, is the proximity of particular properties, and the unusual frequency with which the path crosses tracks and roads.

In the second half of the route, the throat that forms the Mill River in the vicinity of the intersection of the trail with the VT-103 route, in the place known as Clarendon Gorge, stands out for its striking appearance.

The white limestone rock, furrowed by the (sometimes torrential) waters of the Mill River, forms small waterfalls and pools that invite you to bathe on a hot day like today. To cross the river there is a small pedestrian suspension bridge, built in 1974, which replaced another similar one, destroyed by a flood the previous year.

From this point, located only 800 feet above sea level, the trail begins a gradual, and in some winding stretches, climb to the top of Bear Mountain, located at 2,240 feet (another Bear Mountain to add to the other homonymous peaks for which it also crosses the Appalachian Trail).

The slope is quite modest, but the heat and fatigue of a long day with many ups and downs, is taking its toll, and the arrival at the top (without views) of Bear Mountain, is received with some relief.

The descent to the VT-140 route and the Roaring Brook, is less gradual, although there are also serpentine sections that reduce the slope of the trail, in its course through this southern slope of the mountain.

Already at the intersection of the AT with the VT-140 route, we note that works are being carried out to condition a larger parking lot than the one now existing on the side of the road. Still, it seems that in the area there have been some cases of vandalism on parked vehicles, so, who else, who less, avoid leaving your car parked in this place, especially at night.
Swansong Shelter
Sargent Brook y puente
Sendero junto al Sargent Brook
El sendero cruza el Gould Brook
Vista desde un corto ramal
Intersección del AT con la Cold River Road
Sendero
Subida empinada
Clarendon Shelter
Clarendon Overlook
Bajada entre grandes rocas
Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-103
Clarendon Gorge. Puente colgante sobre el Mill River
Empinada subida. Rocas lisas
Pequeña cima y vistas
Minerva Hinchey Shelter
Subida a Bear Mountain (2.240 pies)
Tramo final e intersección del AT con la VT-140 y Roaring Brook

5 comments

  • Photo of Great_Gatsu

    Great_Gatsu Jun 29, 2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Maravillosa ruta

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Jun 29, 2016

    Muchas gracias, Ele.
    El recorrido ha sido largo, y un poco duro por tanta subida y bajada, pero muy bonito. Me gustó especialmente la zona de Clarendon Gorge.
    Muchas gracias por tu valoración y apoyo.

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Jul 7, 2016

    Hola Pablo, ya con los días que llevas de aventura y después de leer tus curiosidades del trayecto, me paro a pensar lo que habrás disfrutado con la planificación minuciosa de esos días y días de ese proyecto que estás en plena realización. Ya me imagino esos otros días y horas de dedicación para que los contratiempos sean los mínimos, que también es otra forma de ir asimilando lo que se avecina.
    Estoy maravillado con tu trayectoria a través de un grandioso recorrido, y me pregunto cuantos días llevas y te quedan, si hay días que vas solo, o te juntas con otros por el sendero.
    Bueno te deseo toda la sabiduría y paciencia para tu satisfacción, un fuerte abrazo.

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Jul 8, 2016

    Muchas gracias amigo.
    Generalmente camino solo, pero de vez en cuando se une algun amigo o algun senderista que sigue la misma ruta. Entre varios siempre es mas facil hacer frente a las dificultades de logistica que plantea un sendero lineal como este.
    Ahora estoy desde hace nueve dias en el norte de New Hampshire y sur de Maine, recorriendo las etapas mas duras de este largo sendero de 3.500 km., y acabo de "bajar" de la monta#a a la civilizacion, por unas horas, para reponer provisiones, lavar la ropa y ducharme con agua caliente.....para seguir unos dias mas.
    Espero poder subir a wikiloc mas rutas y fotografias, la semana proxima.
    Se calcula que el sendero completo tiene unas 180 o 190 etapas (algunos muy rapidos lo hacen en algo menos), y a mi me falta todavia mucho camino por completar, ya que he recorrido unas 120 etapas (unos 2.100 km). Estoy tratando de apurar al maximo las etapas del norte (New Hampshire y Maine), ya que pasado el 15 de octubre ya practicamente no se puede recorrer el sendero en esas zonas, por el frio y la nieve temprana.
    No he coincidido todavia con espa#oles en esta ruta, pero por los diarios de registro de los refugios, he visto que unos dias por delante de mi camina un espa#ol, cuyo apodo de Appalachian Trail es " The spaniard" y que se despide siempre con un " buen camino". No se si llegaremos a coincidir en alguna etapa.
    Un gran abrazo, y muchas gracias por tu apoyo.

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Jul 9, 2016

    Que buen Film tendrás de esta Magnifica Aventura una vez terminada, de todo ello si al final haces un gran resumen, ya me informas donde leerlo o visualizarlo. Si llegas a contactar con The spaniard, a ver de que manera haces que contactemos. De paso me dices de donde son tus orígenes?.
    Ánimo y a seguir paso a paso .....

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