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Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Long Trail in March on 09/05/2007 15:49:23 MDT Print View

In no way is this a trip announcement or an ad for partners (yet.....) but does anyone have accurate numbers of around the average temperature and snow levels through personal or meteorological experiance in Vermont or on the Long Trail in March. I've never actually been to Vermont (NH and ME though), and I was wondering how bad it could be in that imfamous "shoulder season"


Edited by hotrhoddudeguy on 09/05/2007 15:53:27 MDT.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
LT in March on 09/05/2007 16:34:04 MDT Print View

You'd be passing the top of about 8 ski areas which might give you an idea of just how much snow you'd encounter. I even ran into 2 1/2 feet of snow on Glastenbury during the 2nd week of May this year.

I don't know if anyone has tried the LT during that time of year, but it's difficult enough during the summer.

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Long Trail in March on 09/05/2007 18:56:14 MDT Print View

I did most of the LT in May becuase thats when the trail 'opens'.
The GMC doesnt want people useing the trail during "mud season" because it erodes the trail. The day after Memorial day is usually the end of mud season and the start of black fly season.
The time of year your talking about can be unpredicable year to year but I would expect freezing rain, freezing nights, some warm days, and travel on slush and ice.
more info at
The GMC's Longtrail map is awsome.

john flanagan
(jackfl) - F

Locale: New England
Spring Hiking in New England on 09/06/2007 09:29:31 MDT Print View

My experience mirrors the other posts - weather gets tremendously variable... can range from rain in the 50's to below 0 in one 24 hour period. Can also still get big dumps of snow - bring your snowshoes. That said, if the snow cover is consolidated and nights are below 20 or so, and if the trail is broken out, you can cover ground like no other time of year - at least until it starts to thaw later in the afternoon. The alternate scenario is the warm, foggy night that saturates (rots) the snow creating conditions where you're sinking into wet mush every step. Uugh. It's entirely weather dependant.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: Spring Hiking in New England on 09/14/2007 18:44:10 MDT Print View

I also have a break in the Winter too. I suppose the winter snow cover would remain and there would be lows of about 0? or lower?