Not up for end to end hiking? That doesn't mean you have to miss out on the beauty of The Long Trail. There are plenty of day hikes and other short routes that you can take to enjoy The Long Trail without thru-hiking.
The portion of the Long Trail that follows Mount Mansfield is popular because of its elevation. About 2.3 miles (4 kilometers) of the trail are above the treeline, with majestic views and even a stretch of Arctic Tundra. Summit Post lists a few routes that you can take to Mount Mansfield, depending on what kind of scenery you're after.
For an easy there-and-back hike with gorgeous views, check out Mount Abram in central Vermont. The five mile (8.4 kilometer) roundtrip should only take about three to four hours and is a good route if you're planning to hike with kids [source: Partsch]. The trail ends at the mountain's summit, where you get a 360 degree view of the Green Mountains. After you soak up the views at the peak, just turn around and head back down the mountain the same way you came up.
Near Huntington, Vermont, the Burrows Trail – a side trail off of the Long Trail - is a popular route up through Camel's Hump State Park. Burrows Trail ends at the Long Trail, and from there it's a short walk up the Long Trail to the summit, where you can get some great views of the Green Mountains [source: Summit Post].
If you're looking for a longer trip, Backpacker Magazine recommends a week-long, 50 mile (80.5 kilometer) hike from Camel's Hump that ends at Long Trail Tavern, a bar in Johnson, Vermont. Really, what's better after a week of backpacking than some pub food and a cold beer? Long Trail Tavern even has a signature brew: Long Trail Ale [source: Emert].