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Media Contact: Director of Trail Programs Dave Hardy
Phone: 802.241.8320
Posted: 01/07/2015

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!


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.


Directions from Camel's Hump Long Trail parking lot to the Long Trail North in Bolton

From the Camel’s Hump Long Trail parking lot at Duxbury Road, follow the Long Trail North (along the Duxbury Road) 1 mile to a parking lot on the north side of the road (the Winooski side).

Follow signs and white blazes along the bank of the Winooski River and through farm fields for 1.2 miles until climbing to rejoin the road 0.2 miles east of the new Winooski River Footbridge. A blue-blazed high water route brings hikers back up to the road on either side of a ford across Preston Brook.

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 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.



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).
  • The Awesome View Hikers’ Hostel in Johnson has permanently closed.

  • The Mad River Barn opened. It has 16 guest rooms, 2 hostel rooms and is located at the base of Appalachian Gap Route 17, with easy access to the Long Trail
  • The Landmark Tavern (formerly The Long Trail Tavern) has opened in Johnson, VT. They offer food, drink and primitive camping and look forward to serving hikers again!

  • The Warren Falls Inn & Hostel, Warren VT provides private rooms and bed rates with three shared bathrooms and a full community kitchen. 802-496-2977



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