Time  8 hours 30 minutes

Coordinates 2294

Uploaded May 16, 2016

Recorded May 2016

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Stage 147

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 146 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - VERMONT - Section 2. Rt VT-12- Woodstock, to White River - route 14 - Tigertown Road, West Hartford
⇒ Link to the following stage: 148 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NEW HAMPSHIRE -Section 9.1 -Etna-Hanover Rd to Moose Mtn. and Lyme - Dorchester Rd (Dartmouth Skiway)

Tour of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), passing through the states of Vermont and New Hampshire (United States), from south to north. From the intersection of the trail with Route 14- Tigertown Rd, West Hartford, VT, to Etna-Hanover Center Rd, NH.

The stage corresponds to section 1, according to the official distribution of TA stages in the state of Vermont, and to section 9.2 of the state of New Hampshire, and runs through a wide open green corridor through land that has historically it had an intensive agricultural and livestock farm, with numerous farms and some population centers, among them the important town of Hanover, NH, headquarters of Dartmouth College, a prestigious university founded in 1769.



However, the presence of small forests well forested, shows that, at least in the last few decades, the forest has been recovering a bit of its original space.

The first part of the stage, through the state of Vermont, is characterized by the gradual ascent and subsequent descent of the Griggs Mountain (1,570 feet), with a path of comfortable traffic, interrupted only by the passage of several streams, one of which, the Podunk Brook, with its bedding very close to the Podunk Road, has at this time of the year a flow rate higher than usual (consequence of the thaw) and this makes it a little difficult to wade.

After the summit of Griggs Mountain, at a distance of approximately 800 meters, and at a short distance from the path, is the Happy Hill Shelter, built in 1998.

From the detour to this refuge, the Appalachian Trail continues descending, very gradually, for about four kilometers, passing the Mosley Hill (1,180 feet), and then, on a steeper slope, going down to the intersection with Elm Street, the outskirts of the town of Norwich, VT.

Already in urban area, we continue walking for five kilometers on paved roads or streets (it is one of the longest urban stretches of the Appalachian Trail); first, crossing the town of Norwich, VT, and then, after crossing the Connecticut River and the dividing line of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, we entered the important town of Hanover, already in the state of New Hampshire.

The elegant, neat and painstaking aspect of Hanover, NH, with its university atmosphere a bit posh, is combined with the great kindness and friendliness of its inhabitants towards the "hikers" who travel the city with their mountain clothes, well-packed backpacks , beard of many days, an understandable desire to eat something different from the usual bags of lyophilized food, and a less neat appearance than dictated by urban etiquette standards.

Who comes to cross trails and mountains for several days, accustomed to step on rocks, land and roots, and to have as only company the animals of the forest and little else, without worrying about the body odors, or the hair, enter Hanover with that facade produces a certain modesty.

Some motorists and pedestrians stop to say hello. They ask us our names (nicknames) of AT, where we began the journey, and how many days we have been running. They congratulate us for the effort made, and offer us food, drink or accommodation, at no cost. We appreciate the gesture, which helps a lot to break that feeling of being out of place.

Some people find it funny when I tell them that my name is "Three Bells" because of the three bells that hang from my backpack, which although they are more of a kind of amulet than anything else, I put them a long time ago to avoid encounters with the bears, that can hear the sound and anticipate my presence on the path.

There are some who claim, perhaps rightly, that some bears ¨enviciados¨, who have already stolen the food of some hiker, far from hiding when they notice human presence, go out to panic and win a lost backpack. in the accelerated flight of its owner. Be that as it may, I have already traveled more than 5,000 kilometers of trails in the United States, and although I have seen some bears in the middle distance, I have never met a bear face to face, although I am sure that many of these animals, semi Hidden in the thicket, they have seen me (in the forest, what does not move, can not be seen).

When we started to get used to the asphalt, we left the city of Hanover on Lebanon Street (route 120), past a Mobil petrol station, in an unexpected turn of 90º with a little confusing signaling.

A few meters further on, we return to the path of the mountain and return to our usual environment. The "bathroom" of civilization is appreciated, but with the backpack on its back, the muddy boots and the canes, one feels more comfortable in this environment.

Two kilometers uphill, after overcoming a small drop of about 500 feet and an interesting set of rocks, we reached the Velvet Rock Shelter, located on a lateral detour of the AT, and a little further on, continuing the climb and a section also quite rocky, the Velvet Rocks Ridge (1,243 feet).

The final five kilometers, until the intersection of the path with the Etna-Hanover Center Road, where the stage ends, are fairly flat, highlighting the passage through a picturesque marshy area, with its corresponding wooden footbridge.

We are already in New Hampshire. Maine, closer every day.
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Parking

Inicio de la etapa. Estacionamiento del AT en Tigertown Road - Podunk Road, West Hartford, VT

Start of the stage. AT Parking on Tigertown Road - Podunk Road, West Hartford, VT
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Sendero

Sendero
River

Podunk Road. Podunk Brook

Podunk Road. Podunk Brook
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Otro arroyo

Otro arroyo
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el camino que se dirige a Bragg Hill Road

Intersección del AT con el camino que se dirige a Bragg Hill Road
Shelter

Happy Hill Shelter

Happy Hill Shelter
Intersection

Intersección del AT con Elm Street. Norwich, VT

Intersección del AT con Elm Street. Norwich, VT
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En zona urbana. Elm Street. Norwich, VT

En zona urbana. Elm Street. Norwich, VT
River

Connecticut River. Límite entre Vermont y New Hampshire

Connecticut River. Límite entre Vermont y New Hampshire
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Hanover, NH

Hanover, NH
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Intersection

Desvío confuso, con riesgo de pérdida, a la salida de Hanover, hacia el norte.

Confusing detour, with risk of loss, at the exit of Hanover, towards the north.
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Regresando de nuevo a la montaña. Subida bastante empinada, con zona rocosa

Returning to the mountain again. Rise quite steep, with rocky area
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Rocas

Rocas
Shelter

Velvet Rocks Shelter

Velvet Rocks Shelter
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Subida empinada y rocosa

Subida empinada y rocosa
Summit

Velvet Rocks Ridge (1.243 pies)

Velvet Rocks Ridge (1.243 pies)
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Pantano

Pantano
Intersection

Intersección del AT con Trescott Road

Intersección del AT con Trescott Road
River

Rio y pequeño puente de madera

Rio y pequeño puente de madera
Intersection

Intersección del AT con la Etna-Hanover Center Road

Intersección del AT con la Etna-Hanover Center Road

5 comments

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 17, 2016

    Y así durante km. sin saciar la vista? https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/147-appalachian-trail-vermont-y-new-hampshire-seccion-1-rt-14-tigertown-rd-west-hartford-a-etna-han-13321497#wp-13321519/photo-8230959

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 17, 2016

    Un placer al alcance de pocos !!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/147-appalachian-trail-vermont-y-new-hampshire-seccion-1-rt-14-tigertown-rd-west-hartford-a-etna-han-13321497#wp-13321508/photo-8230890

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 17, 2016

    LINDO !!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/147-appalachian-trail-vermont-y-new-hampshire-seccion-1-rt-14-tigertown-rd-west-hartford-a-etna-han-13321497#wp-13321523/photo-8230974

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 17, 2016

    Un inicio duro para un recorrido espectacular !!!

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate May 19, 2016

    !Mil gracias, amigo!. Un gran abrazo.

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