listed from north to south
These photos were compiled in October of 2007. Though change comes slowly to The Long Trail, this index is no longer completely accurate. Check out the End to End Guide for the most up-to-date information.
You also may enjoy reading about my southbound thru-hike. Plenty of beautiful autumn photos fill each day.
WARNING: New food storage rules for 2019!
Bears have become much more of a nuisance in Vermont in recent years. After several disturbing incidents of bears becoming more aggressive for food, the Green Mountain National Forest has issued the following requirements:
Food must be kept in an approved storage container, in a vehicle, or hung in a tree.
When food is hung, it must be 12 feet off the ground and 6 feet horizontally from the tree trunk. This is easier said than done, so personally I think the weight of a bear canister is more than worth the trouble.
Bear boxes have also now been installed at several shelters, marked with the phrase “BB” on the list below
For more tips, see my article 12 Ways to Avoid Getting Eaten by a Bear
Journey’s End II Camp
Shooting Star Shelter
Laura Woodward Shelter
Atlas Valley Shelter
Hazen’s Notch Camp
Spruce Ledge Camp
Bear Hollow Shelter
Beaver Meadow Lodge (new)
Sterling Pond Shelter*
Duck Brook Shelter
Bamforth Ridge Shelter BB
Montclair Glen Shelter* BB
Cowles Cove Shelter
Birch Glen Camp
Theron Dean Shelter
Glenn Ellen Lodge*
Cooley Glen Shelter
Emily Proctor Shelter
Sucker Brook Shelter
David Logan Shelter
Rolston Rest Shelter
Tucker Johnson Shelter (no longer exists)
Churchill Scott Shelter
Governor Clement Shelter
Minerva Hinchey Shelter
Little Rock Pond Shelter*
Lula Tye Shelter* (no longer exists?)
Big Branch Shelter
Lost Pond Shelter
Peru Peak Shelter*
Spruce Peak Shelter
William B. Douglas Shelter
Stratton Pond Shelter* BB
Story Spring Shelter BB
Caughnawaga Shelter (no longer exists)
Kid Gore Shelter BB
Goddard Shelter BB
Melville Nauheim Shelter
Seth Warner Shelter BB
All shelters along the trail are maintained by volunteers from The Green Mountain Club.
Most are simple structures with three walls, a roof, and a wooden floor, but many sites designated as “lodge” or “camp” are fully enclosed.
*Those sites marked with a star* have a seasonal caretaker on duty to collect $5 per person per night. All other sites are free.
Every structure is located near a spring or stream to be utilized as the water source, but some springs are dry on occasion. Backcountry water sources should always be treated.
Each site contains a separate outhouse / privy.
The oldest shelter on The Long Trail is Taft Lodge, which was first built in 1920.
Most are named after early pioneers of the Green Mountain Club.
Have you ever been to the secret shelter?