Day 11 - Long Trail

We had a huge breakfast of duck and chicken eggs, homemade bread, and coffee before hitching a ride out of town and back up the mountain.  We were picked up by man driving from Maine to New York and dropped off at the trailhead at 9 am.  We began by climbing steeply up the hill toward Silent Cliffs. We reached the side trail quickly and began climbing Burnt Hill soon after.  It sprinkled a little, but we stayed relatively dry.  We quickly arrived at the Boyce Shelter, which has been closed due to the footings holding up the shelter completely collapsing out from underneath.  We were already up pretty high and made the next few miles past Skyline Lodge toward Emily Proctor shelter pretty quickly.  The trail had started to get pretty soggy and muddy, so we decided to take a lunch break at Emily Proctor Shelter.

 

 NoKey at Emily Proctor shelter

NoKey at Emily Proctor shelter

The sun still hadn't made an appearance and we had to put on our rain jackets to eat.  The damp air with the cloudy skies made it pretty chilly!  We began climbing again up to Mt. Roosevelt where the clouds parted a little and we had a beautiful view toward Killington and the surrounding mountains.  We climbed Mt. Wilson and Mt. Cleveland and we were feeling pretty beat from attempting to dodge the mud and stay upright on the wet rocks.  The rain started and stopped two more times, never getting heavier than a sprinkle though.  We finally started to think we had missed our camp at Cooley Glen when we finally got there at 4 pm.

 

We camped with K1, the writer of the book Three Hundred Zeroes, and Bernard.  We also camped with a father and three teenage boys.  It was a chilly night and we ate huge dinners and crashed early as we were pretty worn out and wet from hiking today.