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21 Jun 2007
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Vermont Hiking
There is an overwhelming abundance of hiking in Vermont. I have no idea of how many miles of trails there must be but it would not surprise me if it were thousands of miles. We get a good number of hikers at our inn each year, many of them here to hike Camel's Hump, just a few miles away. It is the third highest peak in Vermont and has the state's most distinctive profile. It is a moderate hike until the last few hundred yards where hikers almost have to crawl up the bare rock of the Hump itself.

Camel's Hump mountain is featured on the US Mint's Vermont quarter.

One of my favorite books for getting hiking information is the Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont published by the Green Mountain Club . The club is located about ten minutes from our inn and you can stop there to purchase maps and books. Local outfitters around the state will have them too. The best way to make sure you get what you want is to order it online from the Green Mountain Club well in advance of your travel date.

The Green Mountain Club built Vermont's Long Trail between 1910 and 1930. The trail runs directly over the main ridge of Vermont's Green Mountain range from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border, a distance of 270 miles. Today, the club still maintains the trail.

The club's website is a good starting point for all hikes throughout Vermont.

Another hiking web site I found recently is Marc Howe's Peakbagging Guide. . For hikers looking to climb high peaks, Vermont is ideal as Marc points out that the state has about a hundred 3000 footers and a handful of 4000 footers.

What I find most interesting about this site is that Marc has climbed the mountains (some several times) and writes from personal experience. He includes a good number of photographs too. He lists all the VT mountains he has climbed (24 so far), their elevations, and he has links to the reports he has written on each one. You can see that he does a lot of hiking year around so it's easy to be confident that he knows what he's talking about.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus

posted by  grunhaus at  22:52