GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, VT
Follow the 272-mile Long Trail along the spine of the Green Mountains this month and you’re guaranteed top-notch vistas of slopes painted red and orange. But leave a detailed itinerary at home before you go: In the last century, half a dozen hikers have simply vanished from the area now known as the Bennington Triangle.
DO ITPick up the Appalachian/ Long Trail from VT 9 (42.885110, -73.115580) and take it north. Mileage monsters can thru-hike 20.4 miles to Kelley Stand Rd. (43.061171, -72.967758) below Stratton Mountain. It’s 9.1 miles to the Goddard Shelter and 9.4 to the 3,748-foot Glastenbury summit. Short on time? Do part for an out-and-back.