Hiking Northern Vermont

Hiking Northern Vermont: The Long Trail near the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn in Montgomery near Jay Peak

Earlier this week we mentioned all the cyclists who’ve been our guest this summer here at the Phineas Swann. Today we want to give a tip of the hat to those intrepid hikers who manage to hoof it to our door when hiking northern Vermont!

It’s been a very busy year for hikers on the Long Trail, the 273-mile trail that stretches from Vermont’s boundary line with Massachusetts all the way to the Canadian border. The Long Trail actually predates the Appalachian Trail by a decade, and was one of the models for that 2,100-mile-plus path. It’s administered by the Green Mountain Club, which does an amazing job taking care of this state treasure.

We have a soft spot for backpackers here. Partly because Darren is an avid section hiker. Also because his first novel Appalachian Trail was set along that footpath. We also love the fact that we’re so close to the Long Trail we can pick up hikers at one of four major trailheads at the northernmost end of the trail. Specifically:

  • Belvidere, where the trail crosses VT-118 just north of Devil’s Gulch and south of Belvidere Tower,
  • Hazen’s Notch, where the trail crosses VT-58,
  • Jay Peak, where the trail crosses VT-242 just south of Jay Peak Ski Resort, and
  • Journey’s End in North Troy, via a 1-mile access trail from the end of the Long Trail.

Hikers are shocked when they call at the services we provide to our guests from the trail.

  • Laundry? We gladly will do it for just $10 a load.
  • Pickup from the trail? No problem. It’s complimentary!
  • Shipping and receiving resupply packages? No problem. Just address them to our B&B with your name on them.

Hiking Northern Vermont: Jay Mountain near the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn in Montgomery

Several through hikers have called our B&B a “godsend.” One party of four was having such a tough time, that we picked them up at Belvidere, and they finished the last three sections “slack packing” the trail — carrying minimal food and water and returning to the Phineas Swann each evening.

Perhaps our most memorable family this summer shall go nameless, but really shouldn’t. It was a dad and his two teenage sons who called after a miserable four days of rain completely soaked from the trail. We picked them up at Hazen’s Notch and got them to a River House Suite. They enjoyed two days of re-warming themselves, laundry, good warm non-dehydrated food, some TV time. The day they returned to the trail, you could see the two boys were really wishing they could stay in that warm Trout River Suite instead of returning to the trail.

But return they did. They must really love their dad.

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