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Long Trail and Bald Mountain Loop is a 22.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bennington, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length 22.6 mi Elevation gain 4,376 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

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Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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There are two ways to do this loop: one is to begin at Bald Mountain’s trailhead in Bennington and following the West Ridge Trail to Glastenbury. Or to begin at the Bald Mountain Trail in Woodford. Beginning in Bennington had access to Bald Mountain’s outlook. When you begin from the Woodford side, there is not an outlook point until you reach the summit. The summit of Bald Mountain is the intersection of these two trails with the West Ridge Trail, but the views are hard to see over the treetops. The West Ridge Trail has thick overgrowth compared to the LT, but it’s still accessible.

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Zach Stokes
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BackpackingBugsOver grown

Did the loop counter-clockwise in 3 days, 2 nights (first day just did 2 miles in to the shelter). Like others have said, there really aren't a lot of greats views along the trail, but it's the classic green tunnel feeling with canopy overhead constantly. The first quarter of the hike (counter-clockwise) has plenty of campsites and a handful of spots to get water. You'll cross a big stream and immediately start your ascent to Glastenbury Mountain/Goddard shelter and you'll want to fill up on water there because there isn't anything else until you hit the shelter. Goddard is great, and the fire tower on Glastenbury is really close and has the only gorgeous view of the hike. Coming down the West Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain wasn't as fun. It's really overgrown so you're walking through grass and foliage up to your shoulders sometimes, and up to your knees for at least 4 straight miles. There are zero places along this section to camp or get water, so keep that in mind. Since it just rained and it's the middle of summer, the bugs were out in force. Get some pemethrin and bug spray and you'll be way happier. Despite Covid, there were a lot of people on the trail. I think there were at least 15 people at the shelters both nights I camped. Either way you do the loop, you'll have about 2 miles to hike along Route 9 and this dirt road. The dirt road folks weren't interested in hitch hikers, but I did have a guy on route 9 willing to let me hop into the bed of his truck and drive me up to the trailhead where I was parked.

Jacob Dextradeur
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Drew Villeneuve
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HikingBugs

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.

Mark Litwin
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Backpacking

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.

Dave M
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Hiking

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.

memoirsofa D.
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Backpacking

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

T Doc
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Junauro Landgrebe
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Ted Polys
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Dan Waskevich
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