Long Trail Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
It’s easy to feel like an outsider when you’re a weekend hiker sharing a shelter with four Long Trail and Appalachian Trail vets. That’s the way I started the evening. But now, sitting in the fi re tower on top of 3,748-foot Glastenbury Mountain, I start to feel like an insider. The orange-pink light of sunset washes over Stratton Mountain, where in 1909 James P. Taylor conceived the fi rst long- distance trail in America. I’m just hiking a tiny piece of his historic route—a quiet ridge draped in New England hardwoods—and already I know, deep down, that there’s only one thing to do: keep walking.
Get this view of the Greens from the fire tower on Stratton Mountain.