The Mountain Times

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The Long Trail reopens

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the last stretch of the Long Trail closed due to damage from tropical storm Irene. Three miles of trail in Shrewsbury remained closed for a month - weeks after the rest of the Long Trail reopened following the forest closure.

"I am pleased to hear that this stretch of the Long Trail is being reopened following damage from Tropical Storm Irene," Gov. Peter Shumlin said. "The Long Trail is important to Vermont's recreational and tourism economy, and restoring access to this beautiful trail is one more sign of progress in our state's long road to recovery from Irene."

The Green Mountain Club proposed a detour of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail around the washouts in Shrewsbury damage and received word over the weekend that the detour had been accepted, posted, and opened.  The Appalachian Trail coincides with the Long Trail in that area and, thus, was also closed for more than a month.

Sargent Brook and Gould Brook washed away much of the three mile segment of the Long Trail footpath in the Killington area. A town road bridge utilized by the trail was also washed away and is impassable.  Due to the damage, hikers will have to walk on Wilmouth Hill and Gilman Roads to avoid the damaged area. The club is working with its partners to map out a plan for returning the trail to the forest.

Many side trails in the Green Mountain National Forest remain closed.  The Green Mountain Club is working with the Forest Service to reopen trails that can be safely used.

The Green Mountain Club manages the Long Trail from Massachusetts to Quebec.  The longer Appalachian Trail was inspired by the Long Trail and collocates with Vermont's trail from the southern border of Vermont to Killington. The Appalachian Trail then bears east to Norwich, Vt.  Much of that portion of scenic trail is also managed by the club.

The Green Mountain Club, established the Long Trail in 1911 and partnered with the Green Mountain National Forest when it was established in 1932.  Together they manage the trails in southern Vermont. North of the national forest, the club partners with private land owners and the state of Vermont to manage the trail.

Tagged: Long Trail, hiking, Shrewsbury, Green Mountain National Forest