Vermont Appalachian Trail Backpack

Burlington, VT

Trip Highlights

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Vermont's Long Trail
  • Lakeside Camping
  • Beautiful Views
  • Gorgeous Mountain Country
  • Evening Campfires

Description

On this backpacking trip we explore the Appalachian Trail, Vermont’s amazing Long Trail and the pristine backcountry landscapes of Southern Vermont. We hike a figure 8 loop on the combined Appalachian Trail and Long Trail, summiting Green Mountain as our high point of the trip. Then we descend into lower elevation forests to hike for days past a remote mountain creeks and rivers, and camp near two secluded ponds/lakes. There will be time every day to relax at camp before a delicious guide-prepared dinner and an opportunity for campfires in the evening.

This trip is great for families and guests interested in an immersive experience in Vermont’s wilderness, with moderate hiking and time to savor the backcountry. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your trip today!

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Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-6 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 21MI / 34KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows well maintained trails with moderate distances and elevation gains/losses. There are sections of hiking that are rocky, muddy, slick and areas with tree roots.

Hiking Distances:

4-7 miles

Backpack Weight:

25-35 pounds

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 1000 feet

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 4-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Vermont backpacking trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Drive Time: 2h 15min
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • Elevation Loss: 500 ft

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Burlington, and we’ll head south through the gorgeous Vermont countryside to our starting trailhead. From here we will don our backpacks and head out on our 4-day adventure. We follow a local trail to the summit of Green Mountain and will take some time to enjoy the local mountain views over a tasty trail lunch at one of the vistas. Then we will hike down to a tent site right near a spectacular remote pond (“ponds” in Vermont are more like lakes by most other standards). After setting up camp we will walk a loop around the pond and have some time to swim or enjoy the view before dinner.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.9 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 350 ft

Today we will wake up by the pond and will enjoy a well-deserved camp breakfast before heading out on the Appalachian Trail (also the Long Trail). We will hike on the historic trail for a few miles before looping back to yesterday’s starting point, thus completing the first half of our figure 8. After a well-deserved break and some lunch, we’ll continue on to a Long Trail shelter . We’ll make our way through forested mountainsides to tonight’s campsite next to a beautiful, crystal clear creek. There will be time to relax or explore around camp in the afternoon, before reconvening for our second backcountry dinner and evening campfire.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 950 ft
  • Elevation Loss: 350 ft

Today we will savor a leisurely morning and big breakfast before setting out on the next leg of our adventure. Our hike takes us along a running creek on an old section of the Long Trail. The trail widens into an old logging road and follows the creek most of the day through gorgeous forests and mountain landscapes. We will arrive at camp near a secluded lake, and check out the nearby Long Trail shelter. We’ll have time to enjoy the lake before a delicious, final camp dinner and cozy campfire to celebrate our last night in the backcountry.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 240 ft
  • Elevation Loss: 830 ft
  • Drive Time: 2h 15min

On our last day, we will get an early start and say goodbye to our lovely remote campsite as we hit the trail. The whole day will be on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail, following the iconic white blazes of America’s most famous hiking route. We will stop for a guide-prepared lunch at another unique Long Trail shelter before the final section of our hike returns us to our starting point. We will load up into our vehicle and enjoy a relaxing drive back to Burlington, where we’ll say our fond goodbyes. What a week it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Burlington, Vermont to the hike and back
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group at the Best Western Windjammer Hotel in Burlington, Vermont for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We’re happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you’re not staying at the Windjammer. Your guide will then pick you up the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6:30 and 8:30 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 10 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
  • specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

TENT CAMPING

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

IN THE ACTION

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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