Run away and join the trail crew for a week! Meet new people - all ages, backgrounds, and from all over the U.S. and the world. Camp out in the Vermont mountains. Learn how to build and maintain hiking trails - or, if you're already an experienced trail maintainer, practice your skills on some neat projects.
The crew is made up of 8 - 10 volunteers each week led by experienced paid staff. The GMC will provide food, group camping gear, tools, training and good times. Our summer session (Weeks 1-6) runs on a Friday to Tuesday work week, while our fall session (Weeks 7-8) runs Monday through Friday. A minimum of one week commitment is required, although people can choose to stay longer!
VLTP projects for the 2015 season are described below:
Tread Hardening in the Peru Peak Wilderness
Our work continues on a wet and muddy section of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail between Peru Peak and Styles Peak. Crews will install stepping stones and crushed rock fill, so expect sledgehammers, rock bars and pick-mattocks. Note: The spike (base camp) site is 2.5 miles from the trailhead, and the work site is another 2.5 miles from the spike, so the daily commute is a 5.0-mile round-trip hike.
- Week 1 7/3-7/7
- Week 2 7/10-7/14
- Week 3 7/17-7/21
- Week 4 7/24-7/28
New Side Trail from East Dorset
Crews will be reclaiming an old trail-and-woods-road route from East Dorset up to the Long Trail at Mad Tom Notch. Work will consist of vegetation removal and tread cutting. Note: The spike (base camp) site will be located along the new trail close to the roadside. Hikes from the trailhead to the spike site and from the spike site to the work will be short.
- Week 5 7/31-8/4
- Week 6 8/7-8/11
- Week 7 9/7-9/11
- Week 8 9/14-9/18
To apply, just use the standard volunteer application. To learn about our sister volunteer trail crews on other parts of the Appalachian Trail go to Appalachian Trail Conservancy web page.
For more details about the volunteer crew see Long Trail Patrol and Outdoor Leadership.