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Smuggler's Notch to Journey's End, North Troy Vermont. The Long Trail

The following is my final Long Trail Journal from my final section of the Long Trail through Vermont. It has some trail conditions and a lot of thoughts...

Day 1- 6/3/17 VT108 Smugglers Notch to Madona Peak Warming Hut.
5 miles/60.8 to go

It's finally here. I'm back on the trail. Started today, right where I left off and promptly fell down a ladder and into a stream. It was a wet start that only got wetter as the day went on. There were parts that I was definitely OK with and those that I was not. There are two other hikers out here, Sunflower and Just Josh. Met up with them on the trail and then for lunch at Sterling Pond Shelter. We had planned to meet up at Whiteface Shelter but, the weather got the better of me. I stopped at Madonna Peak and found that the warming hut was open. Once I was inside, I was staying put. I had heard pretty things about this peak and hoped the weather would clear. It will make tomorrow at 13 mile day if I am to keep schedule. I think it's doab…

West Quarry and Rand, Belknap Range

Oh what the heck, I might as well finish something that I started. Last year, I completed the Belknap Range Traverse which left only 4 peaks. Last week, I did Piper/Whiteface so, yeah... Might as well. I started out on Glidden Rd/Old Clough Rd. This is about as exciting as heading up a ski trail to me. Lots of water though and that means MUD. Lots of long grass too which means ticks. I'm actually getting use to picking them off Isis. Thankfully none have imbedded (She is treated with Advantix).




It's not long before I hit the junction with the Quarry Trail. Isis chooses West Quarry first and we head down the trail to the Old Quarry site. I opted for the Dave Roberst Quarry Trail around the ledges to get to the summit. In my opinion, it's just as steep. The bugs are out in full force today too. It is not long before we arrive at my Belknap #11 West Quarry. After a quick rest and some water, I head back the way I came to the junction again to climb to Mt. Rand.



Two wooded su…