Hi all! I have a trip planned in September to hike the AT but I'm thinking of changing it to July when the kiddos are out of school. For those of you that have hiked during this time or just locals who live there what concerns should I have? I was hoping to hike in cooler weather to hopefully avoid bugs (I'm such a girl when it comes to bees, bugs etc). In TN where I live July would be miserable but it looks like weather averages in VT are much more manageable with 70/80's and 60's lows. Is that about right? It also looks like the average rainfall would be about the same July or September so that really isn't factoring into our decisions.
Our plan is to fly to NH and take a bus to Dartmouth to get on the trail in Hanover. Then we will hike for several days and stop in or around Killington for a hotel night stay. Then hop back on the trail and end in Manchester (if we can make it there if not we may have to stop and figure out transportation). If we can make it to Manchester we will take the Manchester Connection (i think that is the name) but to Rutland and take the Amtrak to NY to catch a flight home to TN.
So my questions are:
1. Better to hike July than September or stick with my original Sept plan and find sitters for kiddos?
2. For those of you that are locals are these possible stopping points and any other transportation options?
3. Hikers and/or Locals: Should I flip this to South to North or am I okay with my North to South plan?