Breaking Ground: The Extended Trail North of Maine Junction


New Territory

Just after turning left at Maine Junction, against my leftover AT instincts, the trail quickly took on a new persona. A rougher, naturally much less traveled dirt path from time to time hidden beneath the hobble bush forged north toward Canada. The shelters transformed from uncomplicated lean-tos to 4-sided cabins, total with windows and doors. The crowds have been gone frequently it was just me and Patch at any offered shelter.

Routine began to take more than. Wake up at six, out of camp by 7:30. I’d cease to consume when I got hungry. Any patch of dirt would do. I didn’t require a view or a shelter to stuff my face. I’d stroll till 5ish and then I’d cease for the evening.

Just after leaving Killington, my knee was magically discomfort absolutely free. I would nevertheless stretch every single evening just to make positive it stayed that way. Man, am I glad it got far better, even though. I had completely ready my brain to endure by way of the rest of the trail if that is what it took. I am so glad that is not what it took.

Familiar Landscapes in a New Point of view

Though I have not hiked the Extended Trail north of Maine Junction, I have been to numerous of the locations it crosses. Waitsfield, Warren, Lincoln Gap, App Gap, Mount Ellen, Camel’s Hump, Johnson, and Mad River Glen are all familiar to me. This is a hazard of living in New England. Even though it turned out to be actually cool. Most of these locations I’ve been to in the winter, and acquiring to see them in a diverse season was intriguing.

Camel’s Hump!

Some of my close friends also nevertheless reside in these locations. So when I came into Waitsfield I was welcomed back to “The Pit” with open arms. They let me sleep, shower, and do laundry in their residence. This was also the case when I got to Johnson and saw my pal Zoe. It has been nearly a year given that I’ve observed some of these persons, and acquiring to reconnect with them was an extremely wholesome expertise. In addition, I bagged the summits of Abe and Mansfield, the only two 4k peaks in Vermont I hadn’t been to however.

Seeking North

The farther north I get, the fewer persons I see. Someplace along the way, Patch got ahead of me. So now I’m hiking alone most of the day and camping with strangers. It does not concern me, even though I anticipated there to be much less of a celebration culture on the LT as opposed to the AT. I’m making use of the solitude to reflect on my summer season and assume about what comes subsequent (which, by the way, is going to be Massive. Verify out @the.spitfire on IG for particulars at the starting of November).

I’m not fairly to the border however, but I’m acquiring actually close. I’m basically getting to force myself to slow down so I do not beat my ride there. It will be good to get to loosen up in these final handful of days, and then it is on to the Cohos Trail for Take two!

If you want to comply with my adventures you can discover me on Instagram @the.spitfire or shoot me an e mail at erica[email protected]!

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