It was a 18.5 mile hike to Story Spring Shelter. By lunch time I had only made it about 6.4 miles. Normally, I have been around 10 or 12 miles by then. But it was all uphill as they say. Luckily, it was not near as rough as the down was yesterday at the end. I was mentally prepared for it and I was thrilled it was much easier, but not easy. It was still hot today, but some cooler breezes higher up helped.
There were signs today saying the trail for a while is less maintained on purpose. I noticed less trail blazes, more down trees, more mud.
There was a old fire tower that I was able to climb for a 360 degree view in Vermont. Can clearly see the mountains are getting bigger and steeper.
At a few springs, the water was clear and seriously ice cold. COLD WATER! Serious treat!
Saw the first moose droppings on the trail today. Hope to see moose going north. Moose make me happy.
I pulled into camp around 8 p.m. That is late by hiker standards. My feet were done, so I was glad I made it. AT hikers and Long Trail hikers are sharing the same part of trail for a while, so there are more people around.