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The Long Trail's Northern Terminus

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This is the final stretch.


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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

78%

Runnable

2,658' 810 m

High

2,081' 634 m

Low

1,344' 410 m

Up

1,344' 410 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This run utilizes the last portion of The Long Trail from State Route 105 to the Canadian border. Along the way, enjoy plenty of climbing and the gorgeous forests that call Northern Vermont home.

Runner Notes

The trail is steep and rocky in places; make sure your shoes have the proper tread.

Description

Starting from the parking area on VT 105, the trail climbs to the northeast over some schist(?) slabs. It climbs to a junction with a side trail to Carleton Mountain Lookout. This short little side trail offers views, when it's not covered with rain clouds. The wooded summit of Carleton Mountain is a little bit further from this junction to the north on the trail. The trail continues with some ups and downs over the ridgetop. The northern terminus of the trail ends at the boundary marker/Journey's End Trail. If you're running the Long Trail, this will either be your start or finish. If you're exiting the trail via Journey's End Trail, it will take you 1.4 miles down to the parking at Journey's End Road. If you're feeling adventurous and want to continue into Canada, run back to the trail crossing at VT 105, take VT 105 to 105A into East Richford, and the Les Sentiers de L'estrie (trail) starts on the Chemin de la vallee-Missiquoi (road).

Flora & Fauna

Wintergreen, spruce, beech, pine, birch, and red squirrels inhabit this area.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Smith

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

Misty ridgeway trail.
Dec 14, 2017 near Richford, VT
This is either the last or the first sign you'll see if you're hiking the Long Trail (LT).
Dec 16, 2017 near unknown, unknown
Vermont/ Canada Boundary Marker
Dec 6, 2017 near unknown, unknown

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Jul 31, 2019
John Stevenson
The view from the trail was obstructed — 1h 50m