Green Mtns Bennington to Danby, week of 10/3 or 10/10?

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RobF
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Green Mtns Bennington to Danby, week of 10/3 or 10/10?

Post: # 1469Post RobF
Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:39 pm

I'm planning to walk the Long Trail in the Green Mountains between Rte. 9 (Bennington) and Forest Road 10 (Danby); that'll take about 6 days. Almost all of the trail is at elevations of 2500 ft. and above, up to >3500 ft. I could go Oct. 2-8 or Oct. 10-16. Of course, I'd like to see the foliage at its peak, principally in the valleys that one can see from the high viewpoints on the trail, e.g. the lower elevations around Glastenbury Mtn., Stratton Mtn., Bromley Mtn., and Peru Peak. What would those areas look like on those dates?

Is there some rough formula that relates elevation at any given latitude to earlier time of arrival of the peak of foliage compared to low altitudes, e.g. every thousand feet of elevation (up to the evergreen line) translating into so many days earlier of arrival of the peak compared to the valleys at 500 ft. elevation?

Actually, a good indicator of what I might expect on the trail would be the situation at the high point of Rte. 9 around Woodford (about 2400 ft.). What does it look like there now?

From the way things are progressing this year (it appears to be an average year as far as timing is concerned) I would expect that the peak will arrive in the valley and the lower mountain slopes of Rte. 7 between Bennington and Manchester around Oct. 10-15. How much earlier would it arrive at the higher elevations of the Green Mountains in that area?

Many thanks for your help,

Robert


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Re: Green Mtns Bennington to Danby, week of 10/3 or 10/10?

Post: # 1470Post ixl
Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:58 pm

Hi Robert,

Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip.

It's hard to answer since I am not sure exactly where you want to be color. October 2 to 8 would I think be better for the higher elevations, while the valleys will only have early color. October 10 to 16 will be best for the lower elevations, while the hilltops will probably be past peak.

Yesterday I drove not through Woodford but past the Hogback Mtn scenic overlook, if you know where that is. The color isn't peak but it is getting quite nice. I am going to the Somerset Reservoir this afternoon which is at about 2,000 feet and will post some pix if you want to see what it looks like. --c
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RobF
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Re: Green Mtns Bennington to Danby, week of 10/3 or 10/10?

Post: # 1471Post RobF
Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:57 pm

Thanks, Charles, for your report from Somerset Reservoir and for posting your gorgeous photos. The colors up there surely are coming along. I think I will probably opt for starting Oct. 2 rather than Oct. 10. In that case I will be on Stratton Mtn. on Oct. 5, looking down on Somerset Reservoir which should be at its peak then. That should be a lovely sight. Thanks again for your scouting. Great how the Internet extends one's senses!

Robert


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