The Green Mountain Club periodically updates this page with trail conditions and reports. We encourage hikers to share their trail observances with the Club either by emailing GMC’s Visitor Center. Please be aware that all such trail updates sent to the Club may be used and publicized on this page with the source cited.
Please be advised when preparing for your hike that water sources are scarce along the Long Trail this summer (2016). You can call the GMC Visitor Center for water updates (802) 244-7037.
Updates to the Long Trail Guide, 27th edition (2011):
- Boyce Shelter was closed by the US Forest Service, and has now been repaired by the Long Trail Patrol and is reopen for public use.
- Tucker Johnson Shelter burned down and has not been rebuilt.
Winooski Valley Long Trail Relocation Updates:
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.