|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Glastenbury Mountain, VT|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 23, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Limited room at the gate at the T-junction of FR 371 and FR 325 (Castle Brook Rd). The latter road is rough and requires 4x4 and high clearance. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The only major crossing was at an area flooded by beaver damming. There was a lightly beaten footway going around the worst of the flooding. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail wasn't difficult for me to follow, but for novice hikers, it can be tough, especially with the leaf cover acting as camoflauge. |
||A few buzzing about; the mild spell this weekend brought some of them back out. |
|Lost and Found:
||Glastenbury Mountain was on my radar for years, and I finally got myself to do it today. Instead of taking the (very) long usual route from VT highway 9, I went deep into the heart of the southern Green Mountains and took the "secret" eastern route- a snowmobile trail that climbs up the eastern side of Glastenbury and, for a while near the top, parallels the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail. The summit is flat, heavily wooded, and viewless, but there is an old fire tower on it that has great views from the cab.|
This was one of the most eerie hikes I've done for several reasons: the dark, overcast sky, the leafless, dead-looking forest that I was in for most of the hike, a single white balloon floating around just off-trail (if you know, you know), and the fact that the mountain is in the center of an area called the Bennington Triangle, which was where several people mysteriously disappeared in the 1940s/50s.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.