Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This section of the Long Trail is the most rewarding thing I have done in a long time, and served to get me back into backpacking after being an armchair backpacker for a few years. theres plenty of great views and the peaks you bag en route are memorable. The day I started was sunny and warm, but I put on late so I sprinted my way to the summit of Mt. Ellen since I had to have a short day the next day due to work. The summer of 09 was a wet one, and even after 4 or 5 days of consecutive sunshine, the trail was still soggy in places. I hiked the last 4 miles of this in pouring rain, which was a little nerve racking as there is at least one spot where you have to use ladders to get down some rocks. The vertical gain at the beginning and end are nothing to sneeze at but overall it's worth the strenuous effort. Anyone with the opportunity should do this hike!
Beautiful stretch of the Long Trail. There are many opportunities to tent other then shelters. Top of ski runs offer good opportunities. Beautiful views! Steep descent into App. Gap. Not sure how one could snowshoe this, even though it is marked as snowshoe trail. Shelter just before App Gap. has little room for tenting but has beautiful view.
Did the gap to gap with my 18yo son. Started @ 11:15am, finished @ 8pm just in time for sunset. (took a while because I'm really out of shape and stopped often) Rigorous hike, challenging but very worth it. Thoroghly enjoyed it, even the hellacious storm that blew in on top of Abrams and poured for the final 2 miles!! Very steep down to Lincoln gap. Will do again.
The Lincoln Gap Road (Lincoln-Warren Highway) closes every season on November 1st. Critical information that I had to find myself, add that to your report.
Great hike but very hot when we went. Dry summer so few streams and hard to refill water. Awesome views (as long as you don't mind being on ski trails). More traffic than on other sections of teh trail we have hiked. This was our first overnight with kids on teh Long Trail and the start (we did N to S) at the App Gap was pretty harsh--steep and 90 degree weather. After that and a good dinner, all was well. Did with 2 6 year olds, 10 and 11 year old and 2 dogs. We were not prepared to carry the dogs up the ladder near the start of the trail! Great hike but it takes longer than you think--especially when carrying a pack or travelling with younger kids.
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