North­ern Long Trail Sum­mit

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Water­bury, VT

TheGreen Moun­tain Club to­day an­nounced the of­fi­cial nam­ing of a sum­mit on the north­ern­most stretch of the Long Trail as Doll Peak.

The moun­tain in the towns of Jay and Rich­ford is named af­ter Charles Doll, the Univer­sity of Ver­mont ge­ol­o­gist who helped cut and blaze the part of the Long Trail and thus com­plet­ing the grand­fa­ther of Amer­ica’s long dis­tance hik­ing trails.

“This is a great day for the Green Moun­tain Club as we fi­nally of­fi­cially rec­og­nize the trail­blaz­ing ef­forts of Charles Doll by nam­ing this beau­ti­ful north­ern Ver­mont moun­tain af­ter him,” said Jean Haigh, Green Moun­tain Club vice pres­i­dent and leader of the North­east King­dom chap­ter of the club. “Doll Peak is a beau­ti­ful sum­mit and an es­sen­tial part of The Long Trail sys­tem which has been en­joyed by Ver­mon­ters and vis­i­tors for decades. The Long Trail has cross Doll Peak for gen­er­a­tions but only to­day is that of­fi­cial.”

The work of cre­at­ing The Long Trail from Mas­sachusetts to Canada along Ver­mont’s ridge­lines was first dreamed up in 1910 with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Green Moun­tain Club. It was not com­pleted un­til Charles Doll and Phillips Car­leton cut and blazed the fi­nal stretch of trail to In­ter­na­tional Boundary Marker 592.

The club has long re­ferred in maps and guide­books to this moun­tain along the trail as Doll Peak which stands 3,400 feet tall. But it was not un­til re­cently that that moniker was of­fi­cially ac­cepted. Doll Peak is 2.7 miles north of Jay and about 8 miles from the Cana­dian bor­der. The pris­tine prop­erty is owned to­day by Jay Peak Re­sort.

On De­cem­ber 23, 2010, the Green Moun­tain Club sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to the Ver­mont Board of Li­braries to des­ig­nate a moun­tain sum­mit lo­cated in the Or­leans and Franklin coun­ties as Doll Peak, hon­or­ing the mem­ory of for­mer state ge­ol­o­gist and emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor at U.V.M., Charles Doll. This pe­ti­tion was of­fi­cially ap­proved re­cently by the United States Board of Geo­graphic Names.

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