Time  9 hours 16 minutes

Coordinates 1658

Uploaded July 20, 2016

Recorded July 2016

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2,835 f
1,198 f
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12.45 mi

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near Telemark Village, Vermont (United States)

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Stage 144

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 143 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND LONG TRAIL - VERMONT -Section 4.1 - From Rt US-4 to Killington Peak, Governor Clement and Swansong Shelter
⇒ Link to the next stage: 145 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - VERMONT - Section 3.1 - From Notown - Stony Brook Road, to The Lookout and VT-12, Woodstock, VT

Tour of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), passing through the state of Vermont (United States), from south to north, from the intersection of the trail with the US-4 route, between Killington, VT and Rutland , VT, to the bridge that crosses Stony Brook, next to Stony Brook Road.

The stage corresponds to the second part of section 3, according to the official distribution of sections of the Appalachian Trail in the state of Vermont, but contains an additional stretch of just over two kilometers (in total, round trip), that we followed by mistake through the Long Trail, having confused the indications of both trails, which are identical (white markers).

This stage, which is developed largely through the Gifford Woods State Park, in the Green Mountains, in addition to this additional branch followed by error, coincides in its layout with that of a section of the Long Trail, which is the long path oldest distance of 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.

The route runs at a fairly moderate altitude, between 1,200 and 2,500 feet, so the deciduous trees and shrubby vegetation are abundant, and does not present significant differences.

In the first part of the stage, the AT follows a new trail built in 2011, after the destruction produced in the previous path by tropical storm Irene, and surrounds the small hill of Deer Leap by the north (without going through its top) Mountain, and with it the existing urbanizations.

A little less than two kilometers from the start, and already in the highest part of this route on the north slope of Dear Leap Mountain, in the Williard Gap, the Appalachian Trail separates definitively from the Long Trail and continues on its way to the north, for a mile and a half, until you reach the junction with the Sherburne Pass Trail (former route of the AT), then descend to a camping area, picnic and services installed in the Gifford Woods State Park, adjacent to the route VT- 100

At a short distance, and after crossing the VT-100, the path crosses the Kent Brook by a wooden footbridge, with a beautiful waterfall, and reaches the Kent Pond, which due to its proximity to the towns of Killington and Rutland, It becomes a popular place on weekends for local visitors and hikers from all over the region.

For about 800 meters, the AT skirts the lake along a path near its shore, and at the end of it leaves on the right the magnificent facilities of the Mountain Meadows Lodge, which offers accommodation and services, with special rates for all walkers who walk the Appalachian Trail.

We crossed the Thundering Brook Road, and started a moderate two-kilometer descent that takes us to a waterfall formed by the Thundering Brook, with the waters coming from the Kent Pond. The waterfall is about 120 feet high, divided into four sections of fall, and at its base there is a small hydroelectric power station.

The bed of the valley is crossed by the Ottauquechee River, whose regular floods originate a humid and swampy area, on which a pedestrian footbridge has been installed. At the end, the trail crosses the River Road and begins a climb up the side of the Quimby Mountain (2,550 feet).

The slope is about 1,300 feet, distributed in fairly gradual sections, some zigzag, along two kilometers. The climb becomes a little heavy, but already in the high part of the mountain, the trail follows a fairly flat trail, of almost three kilometers, with some points with interesting partial panoramic views.

The descent to the Stony Brook, and the Stony Brook Road, is equally gradual and moderate, without difficult steps in rock, except for a small drop that is saved by a metal ladder installed in situ.

The signaling of the whole stage is good, as is usual in Vermont, and the whole route, although long (for the stretch of the Long Trail that we follow wrongly), can be considered easy.
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Parking

Inicio de la etapa. Estacionamiento del AT en la ruta US-4 - Rutland VT / Killington, VT

Start of the stage. AT parking on US-4 route - Rutland VT / Killington, VT
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Subida muy gradual

Subida muy gradual
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Intersection

Maine Junction, Willard Gap. Bifurcación del Long Trail y el Appalachian Trail

Maine Junction, Willard Gap. Fork of the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Sherburne Pass

Intersección del AT con el Sherburne Pass
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Vistas

Vistas
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Camping

Gifford Woods State Park. Killington, VT. Zona de acampada, picnic y servicios

Gifford Woods State Park. Killington, VT. Zona de acampada, picnic y servicios
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Intersection

Intersección del AT con la ruta VT-100 - Gifford Woods State Park. Killington, VT

Intersection of the AT with the VT-100 route - Gifford Woods State Park. Killington, VT
River

Kent Brook. Río, cascada y puente

Kent Brook. Río, cascada y puente
Lake

Kent Pond

Kent Pond
Lake

Sendero junto al Kent Pond

Sendero junto al Kent Pond
Intersection

Intersección del AT con la Thundering Brook Road

Intersección del AT con la Thundering Brook Road
Waterfall

Thundering Falls. Cascadas formadas en parte por el Kent Brook

Thundering Falls. Cascadas formadas en parte por el Kent Brook
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Vista del valle del río Ottauquechee, y pasarela apta para minusválidos, sobre una zona pantanosa del Ottauquechee River

View of the Ottauquechee river valley, and handicap-friendly walkway, over a swampy area of ​​the Ottauquechee River
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Subida gradual por la falda de Quimby Mountain

Subida gradual por la falda de Quimby Mountain
Summit

Quimby Mountain (2.550 pies)

Quimby Mountain (2.550 pies)
Shelter

Stony Brook Shelter

Stony Brook Shelter
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Pequeña poza de agua próxima al refugio

Pequeña poza de agua próxima al refugio
panorama

Vista panorámica y desnivel con escalera

Vista panorámica y desnivel con escalera
Intersection

Notown Clearing. Stony Brook Road. Stony Brook. Fin de la etapa

Notown Clearing. Stony Brook Road. Stony Brook. Fin de la etapa

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