Hadn't hiked up in Vermont in a little while, so headed out that way to bag a couple of peaks. First went over to Wilmington and the Molly Park State Park to hike Mount Olga. It is a relatively short hike at 2.0 miles RT(have to hike in from Route 9 in the winter) of steady climbing to a fire tower at the 2415 foot summit.
After finishing my hike of Mt Olga I headed back to Bennington to grab some lunch before driving over to the Appalachian Trail/ Long Trail parking area in Woodford. Just to the north of the parking area the trail crosses City Stream with a very well built foot bridge.
Good footing is a must along this rocky cliff area. Especially with snow or ice on the trail as was the case today, which is exactly why I brought my micro spikes along.
The trail levels out considerably after the initial climb with much of the elevation gain behind you. Unfortunately much of the trail was very wet as is usually the case in the early spring. Here a puncheon(wooden plank walkway) crosses a normal wet area.
Here is a puncheon that is partially under water. A giant leap got me over it.
Here is what the rock steps look like climbing the steep part of the trail. Much of the upper 2/3 of the hillside was covered in snow and ice making it even more difficult of a climb. The descent is especially hard on the knees and will make you work.
The trail is 3.4 miles RT, but the steep ascent and steep descent will make it feel like a much longer hike. Overall, I did 5.0 miles of hiking in Vermont and about 1.5 miles on my sunrise hike for a nice total of 6.5 miles for the day.