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A long segment mostly through the woods. Yes, there are not many views (only real good one is at Glastenbury summit), but the woods are really beautiful and has a great wilderness feel. Be prepared for mostly rolling forest walking. Last water on the loop counterclockwise is at Hell Hollow (or Little Pond) before you get to Goddard shelter. LT/AT section has much more mud then West Ridge, which was the best trail section of the trip. The intersection of Bald Mountain trail to pavement at the bottom of the mountain is tricky and unmarked, hang left when you get to an intersection of three dirt roads, which will lead you to Long Trail Rd and eventually rt. 9. The roadwalking is longer then you think. If you are in shape and hiking fast, easily doable starting in early-mid PM, camp, and off-trail by 1 next day.

Didn’t do the whole thing, so take my review with a grain of salt. Packed up to a campsite near Hollow Creek at 3.2m, then went to Little Pond the next day, and then packed back out. Was the last weekend in September after a couple of days of rain, so the trail was very muddy, boggy, and leaf-covered for long stretches. Campsite by the creek was nice and flat with a decent stone fire ring, and about far enough off the AT so we didn’t have traffic right through the site. Little Pond was definitely worth a visit, and also a good place to camp. Only two viewpoints on the stretch we did, neither of which were mind-blowing.

Despite my phone dying after day one and not recording the second leg of this 2 day trip, I did make the whole loop. There aren't a lot of views on this route. A couple of glimpses through breaks in the trees. There are plenty of campsites along the LT/AT and water sources everywhere. Most of the route was rolling terrain until hitting the base of Glastenbury Mountain. From there it was straight up for a decent stretch. Once turning onto the Bald Mountain trail it worked it's way down with some rolling terrain that was pretty easy. 13.2 miles done on the first day before camping. On day 2 I again continued with rolling terrain before climbing straight up for a short distance. Then it was relatively easy walking along the arm of the ridge. Bald Mountain trail is part of the Glastenbury Wilderness and the trail isn't nearly as well traveled as the LT/AT so it's narrow and sometimes looks no more than a deer path. Overall this was an enjoyable hike and I would do it again. Oh, the side trip to Little Pond was worth the trip as well. it's a very pleasant spot for a break or a camp.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

west ridge trail to glastenbury is loaded with camp sites but with little to no outlook points until the summit. if goal is to reach summit in one day - i suggest starting before 9 AM. some real beautiful camping spots. especially liked little pond - about a half mile off the LT/AT

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

If you are looking for a solid workout this is a good one, steady climb and uneven trail makes it challenging. View is decent but if you are looking for that gorgeous mountain view this isn't it. i suggest not going after rain as the bottom gets a little muddy.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Nice hike, great view from the top!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Nice low-key hike. Trees obscure view at the summit.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Great hike - didn't see anyone else and nice view from summit.

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