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 contacting our Visitor Center or filling out the form below. Please be aware that all such trail updates sent to the Club may be used and publicized on this page with the source cited.
GMC also posts conditions reports frequently in our Facebook Group.
New this hiking season, the mile-long Long Trail relocation in Smuggler’s Notch is open, featuring an accessible boardwalk, new parking area, and relocated trail that passes right by the historic Barnes Camp Visitor Center, open on weekends through the summer and staffed by dedicated volunteers. The Long Trail north and south of Smuggler’s Notch is accessed from the Barnes Camp parking lot, with hiker parking across the street at Stowe. Follow the boardwalk to take the Long Trail south, or walk over the bridge behind Barnes Camp and up the stairs to take the Long Trail north. The former parking area on Route 108 no longer accesses the trail. If you are hiking up Mount Mansfield on the Long Trail from Route 108, still park at Stowe and take the boardwalk south from Barnes Camp. All GMC maps are up to date.
Renovations to the Cowles Cove Shelter will start on August 13th and run for approximately 3 weeks. During this time, the shelter will be closed to overnight use. As an alternative, hikers can stay at Birch Glen to the south or Montclair Glen to the north. Primitive off trail camping is permitted in this area of Camel’s Hump State Park but as hikers progress north the elevations rise above 2500 ft, at which camping is prohibited.
Some popular hiking spots are currently closed to help protect nesting peregrine falcons. Please check this list before heading out and respect any closure signs you see: Cliff Tops and Overlooks Closed to Protect Nesting Peregrines.
Construction is being done on County Road in Stamford, VT (near the Seth Warner Shelter). Be aware that trailhead parking there may be difficult.
(last updated 8/11/18)
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