Hiking the Long Trail

Jay Peak Trail, Jay State Forest, part of Long Trail 

3.5 miles
Hiking time 4hrs
Vertical rise 1680'
Rating Moderate.
The trailhead parking area is on the south side of rte 242, approx 1.4 miles west of the Jay Peak Ski Area and 6.6 miles east of Montgomery Center. Follow the white-blazed Long Trail, northward up the bank opposite the parking area. The small lean-to you see is the Atlas Vally Shelter and not designed for over-night use. Continue past the south end of a loop trail to Jay Camp (a frame cabin with bunk space), going straight at the junction, climbing gradually and then more steeply through forest past the north end of the Jay Camp spur trail. At the 1.0 mile mark turn left over some steep ledges, then left again at 1.2 miles to a steep climb emerging on a ski trail. Continue directly across the ski trail and climb the steep rocks to the summit and the upper station of the Jay Peak Tramway. Your return hike follows the same trails back to the parking area.


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