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Closures, Relocations, Maintenance Work, Word from the Trail

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Posted: 10/02/2013

Vermont Hiking Information

No other resource takes the place of an up-to-date map!  Trails change and mapping technology improves, so even a map that is 5 years old may misinform you.  We always recommend bringing a current map of the area you will hike along with your other hiking gear and clothing basics.  Click here to browse GMC's online store for other guidebooks, maps, and gear!

Weather

Mountain Point Forecast gives you real-time weather reports on Vermont Peaks. 

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.

Trail Updates

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. 

The Green Mountain Club encourages hikers to share their trail observances with the club either by emailing GMC's Visitor Center here or Dave Hardy, director of trail programs, here, Facebook, or Twitter.  Please be aware that all such trail updates sent to the club may be used by the club and publicized on this page with the source sited.

Portions of the Long Trail that are closed:

  • Shrewsbury: The Long Trail/Appalachian Trail in Shrewsbury between (Upper) Cold River Road and Governor Clement Road is closed with a roadwalk detour (see below).  The trail between Lower and Upper Cold River Roads has been repaired and is reopened.  The new detour is now:
    NORTHBOUND: At Upper Cold River Road follow road west to Gilman Road; follow Gilman Road north to Gov Clement Road; follow Gov Clement Road east to washed out bridge and turn left onto LT/AT north just before the wash out. This bridge will be replaced in July 2014.
    SOUTHBOUND: At Gov Clement Road and washed out bridge follow Gov Clement Road west to Gilman Road; follow Gilman Road south to Upper Cold River Road; follow Upper Cold River Road east to footpath; turn right onto LT/AT south. Proceed to Massachusetts or Georgia.
  • "Spruce Peak South" is listed on the USFS website as CLOSED is referring to the snowmobile trail only. The hiking trail (the Long Trail) is open.

The Long Trail System side trails that remain officially closed are:

  • Chittenden Brook Trail is closed due to damage from tropical storm Irene
  • Old Job Trail is CLOSED from Forest Road 30 to the Lake Brook Bridge due to damage from tropical storm Irene.  Thus, the trail is open to Old Job Shelter between the Long Trail (south of Forest Road 10) to FR 30 and closed nearly to Griffith Lake.
  • Homer Stone Brook Trail is listed on the USFS website as CLOSED is referring to the snowmobile trail only. The hiking trail is open.
  • The North Shore Trail at Stratton Pond is temporarily closed due to flooding.
  • The Lye Brook Trail between Stratton and Bourn Ponds is challenging and requires map and compass skills to navigate

Road Closures:

  • Kelly Stand Road is closed to through traffic from the Arlington (West) side. The side trails and Long Trail are not accessible via this route.  They are accessible via Kelly Stand Rd. from the east.
  • The CCC road between Black Swamp Trail and Route 100 in Plymouth is closed by Irene (the east entrance to the road). The schedule for reopening yet to be determined.
  • Access to the trailhead parking for the Foresters and Frank Post Trails in Eden (climbing to Belvidere Mountain and Tillotson Camp respectively) is limited.  Mine Road is closed a few miles north of Eden in the vicinity of the asbestos mine (i.e. south of Tillotson Road).  It is possible to access Tilotson Road from the north by following Rte. 58 about 1.1 miles west from Lowell and turning right onto Mine Rd. and heading south. 
  • River Road in Duxbury, east of Camel’s Hump Road, is now reopened after damage from a recent storm. (Posted 7/30/13)

Portions of the Appalachian Trail are closed with marked detours:

  • Short relocation around Gulf Stream crossing near Rt 12

Other:

  • 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).
  • The beaver dam on the Long Trail south of Taylor Lodge has flooded the trail.  Be very careful.
  • The Stony Brook Bridge along the Appalachian Trail has been replaced
  • the Awesome View Hikers’ Hostel in Johnson has permanently closed.

Shelter Updates

  • Tucker Johnson Shelter was detroyed in a fire. The Green Mountain Club and the US Forest Service would like to replace it and are seeking financial support to make that possible.
  • Journey's End Shelter windows can be opened. Please close them when you leave.
  • Glen Ellen Lodge was renovated by the Long Trail Patrol during the field season of 2012
  • Clarendon Shelter was renovated by the Killington Section (ie regional chapter) in 2012
  • Birch Glen Camp was renovated by the Long Trail Patrol during the field season of 2011
  • Pico Camp (on Sherburne Pass Trail off of the LT/AT) was renovated by the Killington Section in 2011
  • Worth Mountain Lodge was removed in 2011.  The lodge was not on the Long Trail and was property of Middlebury College, but was often used by hikers.

 
Vandalism


Each year, vandalism becomes a problem at a few trailheads. The best option is to find a way to avoid leaving your vehicle at a trailhead overnight. If possible, leave your vehicle in town or arrange to be shuttled to and from the trail. Police and service stations will usually provide a place to park (in the case of the latter, usually for a small fee), and the Long Trail may then be reached by walking, taxi, or other public transportation. The Long Trail End-to-Ender’s Guide, updated biennially, lists available shuttle services.  Shuttle information is also available from the Green Mountain Club visitor center staff.

Leave valuables at home, or, at the very least, keep them locked in the trunk or otherwise hidden. Remove your stereo if possible. Don’t leave a note on the car advising of your plans. Some folks empty their glove compartment and leave it open. If you do that, remember to unscrew the glove box light, or you may return to a dead battery. Park in the open in plain view. If you have a problem at a trailhead, call the local or state police immediately. GMC would like to be notified as well, but your highest priority is to notify law enforcement as soon as possible.





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