View Full Version : Week on the long trail

03-23-2006, 20:26
Leaving May 11th(my birthday) for a week on the trail. Looking for anyone out there.

03-23-2006, 23:28
I'm starting a thru in the first week of May, and I know of a few others who are also going to be out then (on thrus). Even if you don't find a partner at least on the weekends you'll run into a ton of dayhikers, especially at lower elevations where there (should) be less mud.

03-24-2006, 00:49
Not to discourage you guys, but you're not going to find much in the way of company in early may on the LT. I started June 2nd a couple yrs ago and barely saw a sole. Also, there may still be considerable snow at higher peaks and lots of nasty slush/mud in many places. Bugs probably won't be bad yet, though it's possible. THey sucked in early june. Just something to keep in mind

03-24-2006, 14:08
Where are you starting from? Where are you going to?(I won't be out there, just curious)

John S
03-26-2006, 14:52
Another reason why it may be quiet out there in May is that the trail maintainers request that people avoid hiking in the higher elevations during mud season, which doesnít end until Memorial Day. Trails through the Camelís Hump and Mansfield areas (state property) are actually closed from April 15 to Memorial Day weekend.
Thereís info on mud season on the GMC website (http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=60).

03-26-2006, 15:14
I plan on starting at the Ma/VT border NOBO. I am a member of the Green Mnt club and also emailed them about mud season.They will update me on conditions. Might only be going to Mancherster Cnt. See how much time I have. My backup plan is starting at Salisbury, Ct NOBO. But the caretaker from the AMC branch warned me about lots of bugs(blackflies) in May.