Breadloaf Wilderness Loop Hike

March 16th, 2015 by

Breadloaf Wilderness Loop Hike:

Breadloaf Wilderness is the largest in the state containing around 25,000 acres and numerous mountains in the Presidential Range over 3,500 feet.

Deep in the Vermont wilderness of the Breadloaf lays a trail that wanders through an ancient boulder strewn canyon left from the days of the glaciers.

Rushing river, ancient rock, towering trees and whispering mountains. Song of bird, track of beast, shadow of fish and trail of sun. Green moss and fern drop of dew, hue of flower, sands of time. Ancient land worn through ages graced with waters of life stretch far and wide over rolling mountain after mountain like slumbering giants. Vermont and the Breadloaf Wilderness await you!

Won’t you join us through Element Mountain for a wander through the Breadloaf Wilderness area of the Vermont Green Mountains? Leaving the modern world behind, except the gear you carry upon your back and enter the raw wilderness to tap deeply into your soul, reconnect with the life-force that beats within all the world and discover things many people will never see.

This is a loop hike consisting of 12 and a half miles through the wilderness.

We will begin at the trailhead and hike in along the easy to moderate trail entering the wilderness area. Our goal- to reach the Long Trail and top three mountains around 3,500 feet in the Presidential Range:

  • Mt Cleveland- 3,482 feet
  • Mt Roosevelt- 3,528 feet
  • Mt Wilson- 3,745 feet

Along the way we will be exploring the surrounding plants, trees, tracks, rocks, river, sounds, smells, touch, emotion… just simply to experience ourselves within the landscape of the wild. Though this exploration we will certainly learn new things and gain experiences that will change awareness of self and hopefully open new pathways within for continued growth on all levels of our being.

White Wolf will guide you and share wisdom of the land throughout this wilderness wander.

Breadloaf is one of the rarely visited wilderness areas along the range it remains a quiet and deep country wilderness.

The Breadloaf Wilderness is the largest wilderness inside the Green Mountain National Forest, almost 25,000 acres. It contains 11 major mountain peaks all over 3,000 feet elevation, (@ 915 meters) and was established in 1984.

This hike will take place rain or shine.

Please no dogs. We love dogs, but when dogs come along on our hikes the hike becomes about the dogs and not what we are able to see and experience without dogs along. Thank you for your understanding.

From birch and maples, ash and aspen below to pine, spruce and fir above, the tree variety of the northern forest is truly captivating. Moose and Mountain Lion, Deer and Bobcat, Coyote, Mink, Fisher Cat, Porcupine, Squirrel, Voles, Red Fox, Wolf, Black Bear, Barred Owl and Sharp-Shinned Hawks, Brook Trout and Wood Frogs are among the few of the many critters that call the wilderness home.

The remote mountain demands its respect as do all mountains. The trail, though incredibly beautiful tends to be wet and rocky in places and weather in the Green Mountains is of course very finicky. In the warm season it can be a lovely 60 degrees and sunny or 33 and pouring rain. The mountains make their own weather.

Total hike round trip will be 12 ½ miles. We will be spending the night in the wilderness primitive camping with the gear we bring in on our backs. This is a fairly difficult hike in the way of being strenuous. Our elevation gain is 3,120 feet, which is nothing to scoff at in the eastern part of America.

Element Mountain will not be supplying food for this trip. You will be responsible for your own food and gear and upon registration you will be emailed an equipment list and directions to the hike location.

The trail is of good quality with solid footing and easy following. There will be plenty of water for filtering along the entire hike.

For more details please inquire at:

info@elementmountain.com

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