of 4 gores (land grants that are not part of any chartered town) in Vermont, and
sits astride the spine of the Green Mountains. VT Highway 17 winds its way up
one side of the ridge to Appalachian Gap (mountain pass), then winds its way
down the other. You must go slow in order to negotiate the hairpin turns and
the steep slopes. If you have car troubles and you're traveling west, you can
have your car serviced at Buel's Garage; if you're traveling east, you need to
descend all the way down to Waitsfield, about a dozen miles away.
Buel's Gore is a gem of a spot. The Long Trail crosses the highway here, and there are
lovely views to the east and west. Nestled just below the pass is a secluded
On my hike down from the pass to the pond, I observed a
female Magnolia Warbler, and a pair of Common Raven flying overhead. All of the
other birds were heard from the nearby woodlands. I plan to return and hike on
the trails up to the rocky summit.
Black-throated Green Warbler
see also my Gallery of Vermont Scenes for other views