Mad Tom Notch has become a very popular backpacking destination for solo travelers. This trail sports a total distance of 19.27 miles, but it can be adjusted accordingly to fit any individual’s needs or time frame. The trail is located in East Wallingford and takes the hiker north along VT 140. The trail itself connects Styles and Peru Peaks. Popular destinations include a rock climb up Baker Peak, a stop at Little Rock Pond, and a final summit to White Rocks overlook.
Little Rock Pond is an extremely popular swimming stop in the spring and summer months. There are five available shelters and recommended stopping points along the trail. These include: Peru Peak, Lost Pond, Lula Tye, Little Rock Pond, and Greenwall. This trail is not recommended for novice hikers. Instead, moderate to highly experienced backpackers are more suitable for this trip.
After completing your backpacking adventure, a 15 minute drive will bring you to Cool Moose Café located in Ludlow, VT. Cool Moose Café is considered an Italian American grill that offers fares such as Buffalo wings, steaks, loaded Italian fries, various pastas, and burgers. The café also offers seven varieties of Vermont Microbrews. It is a great stop after a solo backpacking trip. The café is open seven days a week starting at noon.
If time allows, a forty minute drive will bring you to the Inn of the Six Mountains in Killington, VT. This inn allows for the opportunity to tackle smaller hikes as well as enjoy the scenery in a laid back setting. Rates normally run around a hundred dollars a night and the inn provides a bar, indoor pool, and spa. Additionally, the inn is surrounded by the Green Mountains. If looking for a day hike while staying in Killington, Kent Pond is a great option. It is a short two hour hike but provides access to a wide variety of waterfalls and cascading water. It is considered an extremely leisurely hike, especially for an experienced backpacker.
Traveling solo throughout Vermont provides the ability to create new adventures. Mad Tom Notch is a great hike that provides amazing scenery. If time allows, a stay in Killington also allows for more hiking or leisure depending on which option you are seeking. Many trails are available in East Wallingford and Killington as well as plenty of stops along the way. Regardless of which option you choose you won’t be disappointed.