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This trail is fairly easy to find and offers beautiful views of the New Haven River. It may be combined with Long Trail and Emily Proctor Trail to create a 12.75 mile hike.

From South Lincoln turn south onto Forest Road 54 and travel about 4 miles. Make a left onto Forest Road 201 and within a very short distance you will see trailhead parking for Cooley Glen Trail. This lovely trail meanders along the New Haven River, then on to the Cooley Glen Shelter which is located on the Long Trail. The New Haven River is known for its excellent brook, rainbow and brown trout.

For the enthusiast hiker, this trail may be combined with the Emily Proctor Trail to form a 12.75 mile loop. To make the loop, hike south on the Long Trail for 5.6 miles past Mt. Cleveland elevation 3,482 feet; past Mount Roosevelt elevation 3,528 feet (Killington View); and past Mt. Wilson 3,745 feet. At the Emily Proctor Shelter, take the trail northbound to reach the parking lot on Forest Road 201. A river is crossed three times along the descent. A short high water enroute bypasses two of the river crossings. From the shelter back to the parking lot the distance is 3.7 miles.

Directions: From South Lincoln, VT, Travel south on Forest Road 54. Travel about 4 miles and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 201 and continue .3 mile to the trailhead parking.

Elevation: 3,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,120 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

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