WhiteBlaze Pages
A Complete Appalachian Trail Guidebook.
$10 for printed copy(paperback). $6 for interactive PDF. $2 for printable PDF.
Read more here WhiteBlaze Pages Store

Results 1 to 20 of 20
  1. #1
    The Wandering Bull - AT&FT EndToEnder 2005 djessop's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-27-2004
    Location
    Madrid, Spain
    Age
    40
    Posts
    28

    Default North difficulty compared with South???

    Hello All....

    This August I am planning to return to hiking for a jaunt on the LT, thru-hiking it.

    In 05 I thru-hiked the AT and had no trouble pulling 30s on the LT/AT section. Rumor has it that as the LT departs from the AT, it gets tougher. Is this true and if so, how much so?

    Also, how does the northern LT compare in beauty with the LT/AT. I found the LT section of the AT one of the most pleasant parts along the entire trail.

    Please advise, especially if you have thru-hiked the LT or are a faster hiker.

    The Wandering Bull
    Florida Trail / Appalachian Trail 2005

    P.S. Thank you sir, may I have another?

  2. #2

    Default

    Yeah, the LT gets steeper north of the AT cutoff. And wilder.
    It's a smaller trail cause it doesn't get the numbers (narrower)
    And doesn't get maintained as well so there are more plants/briars/stickers to walk thru.
    There are some tough climbs as it goes on or around a bunch of ski areas in northern VT.
    At least that's the way i remember from my hike in '99.

    It's a great trail. Enjoy!

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by djessop View Post
    Hello All....

    This August I am planning to return to hiking for a jaunt on the LT, thru-hiking it.

    In 05 I thru-hiked the AT and had no trouble pulling 30s on the LT/AT section. Rumor has it that as the LT departs from the AT, it gets tougher. Is this true and if so, how much so?

    Also, how does the northern LT compare in beauty with the LT/AT. I found the LT section of the AT one of the most pleasant parts along the entire trail.

    Please advise, especially if you have thru-hiked the LT or are a faster hiker.

    The Wandering Bull
    Florida Trail / Appalachian Trail 2005

    P.S. Thank you sir, may I have another?
    Agree with Fiddlehead - it's generally more difficult in the north. But the rewards are immense. For about 40 miles starting with the Lincoln Ridge, youi have views of Lake Champlain with the Adirondacks in the background. There's nothing comparable on the AT. Camels Hump is a great climb and is devoid of cars & roads.

    Some of the ups and downs are steep and you have a mini-Mahoosuc Notch in the person of Devils Gulch in the far north.

    Another plus is once past Rt. 108, there's very few people. Also less in the way of services so plan accordingly.

    I just hiked the LT last year - read about it here. Another WBer - Quoddy - also thru-hiked it. And don't forget about Jan LiteShoe's book The Ordinary Adventurer available at Jan's site http://www.funfreedom.com.

  4. #4

    Default

    Generally I'd say parts of the northern LT are much like the AT in southern Maine, with climbs/descents similar to Mahoosuc Arm and rocks/roots similar to the nastiest Maine has to offer as well.

  5. #5
    The Wandering Bull - AT&FT EndToEnder 2005 djessop's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-27-2004
    Location
    Madrid, Spain
    Age
    40
    Posts
    28

    Default

    Thanks for the helpful tips!!! I'm looking forward to it already.

  6. #6
    LT '79; AT '73-'14 in sections; Donating Member Kerosene's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Age
    64
    Posts
    5,445
    Images
    558

    Default

    I concur, the northern section of the LT is much more difficult, and wilder, than the southern portion. I'd think that your daily mileage in southern Maine would be comparable to what you could do in northern Vermont. Of course, you probably won't be in thru-hiking shape when you start the LT. Three weeks should be more than sufficient for the stronger hiker, depending on weather. Certainly you can do it faster if you have a lot of daylight during the northern section. Enjoy!
    GA←↕→ME: 1973 to 2014

  7. #7
    Just Hikin' Along
    Join Date
    02-08-2007
    Location
    New York/Vermont border
    Posts
    481
    Images
    27

    Default

    As CookerHiker mentioned, I did the LT last August. Lincoln Gap to Johnson is, by far, the best stretch. I think the mileage not only slows because of the difficulity of the terrain in this area, but also because it's so scenic. I had to stop and take in the views so often that my mileage suffered, but I was on the hike to see those vistas.


  8. #8

    Default

    Since this isn't the "straight forward" category, i'll drift a little here to say that when i did the LT in '99, it was in preparation for the Pyrenees HRP. I thought the LT was the hardest trail (steepest) and would be good training.

    I got humbled fast over in Spain/France as the mtns over there seem to go perpendicular to the direction you are going. (the ridges are stacked the wrong way) and it's all up and down (steeply) Tis a beautiful hike with practically no one thru-ing it. (there were 2 others besides our group of 3 that year)

  9. #9

    Default

    Lots to see and depending on the traffic (narrow and over grown trail) much easier to get lost or misdirected. I live here and actually wandered off the trail on Laraway Mountain I've walked hundreds of times (no exaggeration).

    The northern section is also muddier with more slippery rock which slows me down.

    BTW, section 11 (Lamoille River to VT Route 118) was awesome this weekend regardless of the heat. My mother-in-law said the hunidity was oppressive in Burlington, but it was breezy, cool and comfortable on the trail. It was wet after a week of rain, but surprisingly the bugs were not a problem.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    11-01-2006
    Location
    Seekonk, MA
    Age
    65
    Posts
    1

    Default

    Cookerhiker;
    Nice to see your postings. We have a similar history. I hiked AT 1985-2005. Am planning to do northern half of Long Trail later this summer. Hope to meet you at a Gathering or on the trail some time. Best wishes; Dan Kahn (Spice Twin 1)

  11. #11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Spice Twin 1 View Post
    Cookerhiker;
    Nice to see your postings. We have a similar history. I hiked AT 1985-2005. Am planning to do northern half of Long Trail later this summer. Hope to meet you at a Gathering or on the trail some time. Best wishes; Dan Kahn (Spice Twin 1)
    Thanks - look forward to meeting you too.

  12. #12
    Registered User gravityman's Avatar
    Join Date
    11-05-2002
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Age
    48
    Posts
    1,162

    Default Wandering Bull!

    Wandering Bull! Good see (read) you!

    I'm positive you won't have any issue with doing whatever miles you put your mind to on the Northern LT. My wife and I did it as a training hike in 2004, and did not enjoy it very much. Sections of it sure are pretty, but taken as a whole, we found it fairly unrewarding. Lots of large climbs with no views. But obviously other people have had very different experiences on the same trail.

    Personally I would much rather do a section of the Colorado Trail or John Muir Trail than the Long Trail...

    Gravity and Danger (GAME 2005)

  13. #13

    Default

    I did the LT a couple of times and yes, the North is harder. If you are heading North from the Maine Junction the first day or so will be very easy and the next stretch lets you kind of ease into the tougher stretches of trail.

    I agree with Duct Tape - the Northern LT is in the same league with the souther n stretches of the Maine AT. Some people have said its a lot harder than anything they've seen on the AT - but that was probably because they were already hardened by about 2000 miles of walking when they hit the Maine AT.

  14. #14
    Getting out as much as I can..which is never enough. :) Mags's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-15-2004
    Location
    Colorado Plateau
    Age
    47
    Posts
    11,002

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pedxing View Post
    but that was probably because they were already hardened by about 2000 miles of walking when they hit the Maine AT.

    I'd be curious to do the LT (or the AT) again with lighter gear and the better shape I am now in overall (vs. when I started backpacking).

    I found the LT in 1997 to be the hardest hiking I've done before or since in terms of grade. OTOH, it was my first long hike, my BPW was ~30 lbs (egads!), I weighed about 20 lbs more than I do now and I did the trail somewhat fast (esp by 1997 standards) in 18 days.

    Though, I did find the LT in 1999 (less than 20 lbs BPW, better shape) to be difficult as well...so who knows!

    The section between the Maine Junction and RT2 is the most difficult in my opinion. But also the best section, too.
    Paul "Mags" Magnanti
    http://pmags.com
    Twitter: @pmagsco
    Facebook: pmagsblog

    The true harvest of my life is intangible...a little stardust caught,a portion of the rainbow I have clutched -Thoreau

  15. #15

    Default

    I'm thinking about the LT for next year. Or maybe the Wonderland Trail. Or possibly the Superior Hiking Trail. Not sure yet.

    Is there a superior hiking trail to the Superior Hiking Trail? Just wondering.

  16. #16

    Default

    The top 50 miles of the LT has some insane trail, thats for sure. Pretty much Mansfield north. Well worth the effort though, some neat places and outstanding views up there. I recommend going South to North. I went north to south as my first ever long distance hike in June (of '85 I think it was). Big mistake!

    Haven't spent much time up there since I was a GMC caretaker, some 20 years ago. I really should do it again, this time south to north in September. All the tourests are gone (except on nice weekends) and the weather is starting to get crisp.
    Follow slogoen on Instagram.

  17. #17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MOWGLI View Post
    I'm thinking about the LT for next year. Or maybe the Wonderland Trail. Or possibly the Superior Hiking Trail. Not sure yet.

    Is there a superior hiking trail to the Superior Hiking Trail? Just wondering.
    I want to do the Wonderland Trail sometime in the next few years. Was it ever repaired from the '06 washouts?

  18. #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cookerhiker View Post
    I want to do the Wonderland Trail sometime in the next few years. Was it ever repaired from the '06 washouts?
    Yes, all but a few miles where a landslide took out the trail. I have a good friend who was on assignment as the Public Information Officer in the park in late 2007.

  19. #19
    Registered User wilconow's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-17-2003
    Location
    Hobart, Tasmania
    Age
    45
    Posts
    808
    Images
    294

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MOWGLI View Post
    Yes, all but a few miles where a landslide took out the trail. I have a good friend who was on assignment as the Public Information Officer in the park in late 2007.
    I was planning a trip there this summer, but after dealing with things like having to reserve where I'm going to camp every night and trying to avoid crowds, I've decided not to.

    Not positive but I think we're going to go to the North Cascades. I just ordered the Trekking Washington book, which is in the same series as the Trekking the Southern Appalachian book that Mowgli recommended. Hopefully it will be just as good

  20. #20

    Default

    Wilcownow, please give us a trip report when you get back.

++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •