I wore my down vest to sleep in while I drifted in and out of shivers, listening to moose. Hoping to catch the leaves at their peak, Vic and I headed to the southern Green Mountains for his first backpacking trip. With two nights in warm hotels, the lugging of the packs was the shortest bit of a weekend spent driving around Vermont and Massachusetts.
Griffith Lake is a four mile hike out of Danby, Vermont. According to hikers we met at Peru Peak Hut, it is usually a bit quieter in the summer than the more popular hikes on the northern sections of Long Trail, such as the Monroe Skyline. With a light snow and past peak for the leaves, we found ourselves alone at the well-developed campsite. True to wilderness ethic, there’s hardly a view of the lake with the dense underbrush and vegetation rehabilitation. The highlight of the trip was startling a moose on the trail.
As far as the rest of the trip, the leaves were better in the Berkshires and we’d recommend eating at any other restaurant in cute and busy Northampton, rather than the horrible Wiggins Tavern located in the basement of the Hotel Northampton.
Leaf Peeping in New England
Word of warning: Never startle a moose.