Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness

Bennington, Vermont 05201

Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness

Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness Professional Guide

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"Deep in the southern Green Mountains, 3,748-foot Glastenbury
Mountain rises above a vast sea of uninterrupted woodland. A fire
tower crowns the summit, offering 360-degree views over some of
Vermont’s wildest terrain. Miles of easy-cruising solitude surround
it. But to reach the peak, you’ve got to earn it."

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100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Established in 2006, the 22,425-acre Glastenbury Wilderness highlights one of Vermont’s remotest areas. Its namesake mountain, while not in the wilderness, provides sweeping 360- degreeviews from its 1927-built fire tower. Located more than 10 miles from the nearest road via modestly inclined trails, Glastenbury Mountain is an ideal backpacking destination. This circuit includes the well-trodden Long/Appalachian Trail corridor, as well as a far more rustic path over the mountain’s West Ridge. While lacking dramatic scenery, the hike lures those seeking a quietness most likely interrupted by an unsuspecting wild creature around the next bend." Read more

Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness Reviews

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This is a tough hike and the bugs are very annoying. On the plus side, it's very quiet and not heavily trafficked so if you enjoy solitude you'll like it (except for the company of bugs). Other than at the fire tower on top of Glastenbury the views are ok but nothing exciting. It's worth doing once but I don't think I would do it again.
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Amazing views from the fire tower atop Glastonbury Mountain.
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Nice Loop with plenty of tent sites along the AT/ long trail. It would be very nice during clear weather. When rainy, you're in the clouds and not much to see. The guide tip to do two nights is a good one, getting up the initial elevation from route 9 the first day, In bad weather the Goddard shelter fills quickly so it would be wise to get in early. Definately a worth while hike. the trail guide is very accurate.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 Days
1,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester, VT 05255, 802-362-2307,
Local Contacts
The Long Trail Guide, Green Mountain Club
Local Maps