Smuggler's Notch and Madonna Peak

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The Grist Mill Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville

So, I finally arrived in Vermont, also known as the Green Mountain State (taken from the French Mont Vert). One of the four states that used to be sovereign before entering the union as the 14th state to join and currently the 6th smallest state. Three things I almost immediately noticed: the specific dirty green license plates of the cars, the total absence of bill boards (by law), and the nice and friendly rolling hills that have a surprisingly European atmosphere.

I set the Tomtom to a mountain area and drove along the village of Jeffersonville, where I encountered a very nice covered Bridge, the Grist Mill Covered Bridge (here on map).

Sterling Pond
A great place for a photo session.

I continued along route 108 to Smuggler's Notch. A notch between Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak (yes another one, but I could not hike it today) and the surrounding mountains. The notch gave access to the north, to Canada and was widely used by smugglers. In the 1800s when the US could not trade with Canada, later by the Underground Railroad, that smuggled slaves to freedom, and also during the era of prohibition, when liquor found its way over the mountains. An extra advantage of the Smuggler's Notch is the presence of caves. Great to hide people or liquor, or stay over during the night.

The area around the notch is now a state park Smuggler's Notch State Park. I liked the area so much that I decided to make a small hike. It was listed as a few miles, so I did not bring anything apart from my shoes, camera and GPS.

Autumn foliage
I climbed about 270 meters to Sterling Pond and then spotted the trail went on. So I hiked anther 2 kilometers, climbing another 200 meters to the 1107-meter (3632 ft) height summit of Madonna Peak of Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort. The views on the orange fall foliage covered surrounding mountains was splendid.
It felt very odd. I was the only person in the area where in winter thousands are present.

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de 

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Sterling Pond
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Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
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One of the caves at Smugglers Not…
One of the caves at Smuggler's No…
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Smuggler's Notch, view on the sho…
Sterling Pond
Sterling Pond
The ski lift of Smugglers Notch S…
The ski lift of Smuggler's Notch …
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage and one of the soon…
Autumn foliage and one of the soo…
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage on the road south
Autumn foliage on the road south
GPS Profile for Madonna Peak (rend…
GPS Profile for Madonna Peak (ren…
GPS Height Profile for Madonna Peak
GPS Height Profile for Madonna Peak
Smugglers Notch
photo by: venusgurl28