Glastenbury Mountain via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)

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Glastenbury Mountain via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail) is a 22.4 mile out and back trail located near Bennington, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
22.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

Parts of this trail are on the difficult side but overall a doable hike considering the distance taking breaks it was doable to get to the Goddard shelter in about 6-7 hours and we are far from being in top physical shape. The biggest struggle is water conservation there’s about a 4-5 mile stretch with no water access without taking a half mile detour to a pond. I would highly recommend doing this hike in late June to mid July if you don’t mind sharing campsites with through hikers we probably met 15 people that were on there way to Maine from Georgia. The views aren’t especially rewarding for how rigorous this hike is

hiking
1 month ago

We walked in and out -20 miles - in nine hours. We were moving fairly quickly the whole time with only a few short breaks. Decided to turn around a mile and a half short of fire tower in order to get back to route 9 before dark. Intense bugs in early june. bring bug spray and consider purchasing one of those hats with netting over the face. moderately challenging.
The pros: once you get in a few miles it is not well travelled and feels very remote. no noise except the forest. the con: kind of boring as there are no views during the ten miles walking north from route 9 and the scenery does not change much.

hiking
1 month ago

Do not underestimate this trail. The beginning from rt 9 is a test of your will. A large elevation climb. It is a tough trail in good weather and conditions.

backpacking
11 months ago

I hiked here as part of a 65 mile section of the Long Trail I was doing. The hike is was fairly difficult with a lot of ups and downs. The top of Glastenbury has an old fire tower with amazing views in all directions. The shelter is a little ways downhill from the summit. I would recommend returning to the fire tower to watch the sunset after you set up camp.

camping
Friday, February 21, 2014

a buddy and I did this in January 2014. We started at route 9 and snow shoed all the way in to the GOddard Shelter, and back out the next morning instead of the west ridge. It was EXTREMELY cold overnight with ambient temps below zero and wind chills around -30. In the morning we made our way up tto the top of the fire tower, then broke trail the whole way out. It was somewhat grueling and should not be taken lightly in the winter. Would have gotten five stars, except you don't get much in the way of views, and the AT blazes are very worn so trail finding in deep fresh snow can be interesting...

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
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