Trail Conditions and Updates
Closures, Relocations, Maintenance Work, Word from the Trail
Media Contact: Director of Trail Programs Dave Hardy
Vermont Hiking Information
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As frequent rain and storms pass through and drench Vermont sometimes, there can be a lot of water out there with no place to go. While hiking trails do not close unless there is storm damage or during Mud Season, stream crossings can be high but should recede fairly quickly as weather dries out. Please be careful out there and only cross streams where you are confident of your safety. To read some stream fording guidelines, click here.
The Green Mountain Club will periodically update this page with information it has gathered. We will also include crowd-sourced information about trail conditions and other relevant information.
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Monday, August 3
***Camel's Hump Bear Update***
Montclair Glen Lodge is now closed.
A bear broke into the shelter on Sunday afternoon. The shelter will be closed until repairs can be made and bear-safe food storage installed at the site.
Tenting at or around Montclair Glen Lodge (south of the Camel's Hump summit) and at Hump Brook Tenting (Monroe Trail → Dean Trail) is prohibited.
If you are hiking on the Long Trail and plan to pass over Camel's Hump this week, please adjust your plans to avoid Montclair Glen Lodge. The next closest shelters are Bamforth Ridge Shelter, 5.6 miles north and Cowles Cove Shelter, 5.1 miles south of Montclair Glen.
GMC is working with Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation to install bear-safe food storage at these sites.
This is a very fluid situation so we urge people to check our Facebook page or website for updates.
Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the situation so these popular overnight sites can be enjoyed once again.
***Important notice to hikers planning to hike Camel's Hump***
There is bear activity in the Camel's Hump area. A bear has rummaged through campsites, destroyed tents, and is growing increasingly brazen.
Camping near the Monroe Trail and Dean Trail is prohibited at this time. This means Hump Brook Tenting area is closed and tent camping at Montclair Glen Lodge is not allowed.
Montclair Glen Lodge remains open with GMC caretaker staff but please note that if the shelter is full, options are limited. The next shelter north is Bamforth Ridge Shelter, approximately 5 miles from Montclair Glen Lodge and includes hiking over the summit of the Hump. The next shelter south, Cowles Cove, is approximately 5 miles from Montclair Glen Lodge.
Please stay alert, plan ahead, and observe the guidelines below to keep your party safe while hiking in bear country:
• Pack out all garbage and food scraps
• Do not feed bears
• Do not approach bears
• If you encounter a bear, do not corner it. Make noise to scare the bear away. Back away slowly.
The bear activity is being monitored. We appreciate your patience and will provide an update once it is deemed safe to camp in this area again.
Lincoln Gap Road Construction
From the Lincoln side, the road will be closed from July 10-August 28. A 6.4 mile detour is planned.
Long Trail Relocation through Winooski River Valley
From the Camel’s Hump Long Trail parking lot at Duxbury Road, follow the Long Trail North (along the Duxbury Road) 2 miles to new Winooski River Footbridge.
Cross bridge and walk .25 mile through woods to railroad tracks and U.S. Route 2.
Carefully cross active railroad tracks and busy U.S. Route 2. You will see a trailhead parking lot located across the road.
Turn left and continue on Long Trail North running parallel with U.S. Route 2 for approximately .25 mile. Watch for white-blazed posts.
Turn right onto Bolton Notch Road/LT North. At tunnel, stop and press button to activate lighting system which will notify drivers that you are in the tunnel. When lights begin to flash, pass through tunnel.
Continue on Bolton Notch Road/LT North for another .25 mile. Watch for a sign and white blaze on right side of road. Enter the woods here and descend tread ladder.
Follow Long Trail North for approximately 4.65 miles to junction of old Long Trail (now blue-blazed side trail).
Continue north, following white blazes.
Note: Distance between Bamforth Ridge Shelter and Buchanan Shelter on new Long Trail is approximately 12 miles.
Printable trail map
Updates to the Long Trail Guide, 27th edition (2011):
- Boyce Shleter has been closed by the US Forest Service.
- Tucker Johnson Shelter burned down and has not been rebuilt.
Updates to the Long Trail End-to-Ender's Guide, 19th edition (2013)
- The Jonesville Post Office located on Rt. 2 just off the Long Trail has changed its window hours starting in 2013. The window is now open from 8-10am and 3-5pm, M-F and 8-10:30am on Saturday. Unfortunately, this change took place after the printing of the most recent End-to-Enders guide. Hikers expecting to pick up packages at that location should be aware of this change.
- A new grocery store, Sterling Market, has opened in Johnson, Vt. in the same location as the old Grand Union. This store is 2.5 miles along Route 15 from the Long Trail parking lot and about 2 miles from West Settlement Road. Also in Johnson, the Long Trail Tavern has reopened in the same location (across from the Route 15 and Hogback Road junction).