Green Mountain Club
Montpelier Section

Trails and Shelters

Volunteer activity for Trail work during the coronavirus pandemic

Our mission

The Montpelier Section maintains these segments of the Long Trail (LT). Trails and shelters are maintained by adopters. The work of the adopters and the section is coordinated by the Trails and Shelter Committee of the section. Backup is provided by the volunteer coordinator and field programs director, both staff members of the GMC. Policy is set by the Trail Management Committee, a volunteer GMC group. Since our trails are entirely within Camels Hump State Park and Mount Mansfield State Forest, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation (FPR).

There are always trail maintenance tasks which can be done, individually or in a group.2005 Construction of the new Sterling Pond Shelter

Construction of the Sterling Pond Shelter (2005) is illustrated at right; follow this link for construction history.
Construction of the Bamforth Ridge Shelter (2002) and some history is here.

Work Hike reports for 2005-2007.

Trails and Shelter Committee summary for 2003.

Trails and Shelter Committee summary for 2002.

Reports of maintenance activities from previous years are kept on another server.

Trail standards

  • Branches clipped to create a 4x8-foot corridor, allowing hikers' packs to clear wet branches
  • Drainages clear of debris
  • The path clear of tipovers, except those which can be stepped over easily
  • Absence of a broadened treadway and detours around obstructions


The section provides tools for work hikes: shovels, hazel hoes, pick-mattocks, loppers, saws, safety equipment, and a chain saw. However, if you have your own tools, bring them as we may have more workers than expected. Folding saws and hand clips are especially useful.

On every work hike, bring:

  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • The usual items you would take on any day-long hike to combat rain, heat, cold, bugs, and darkness.

Responsibilities of adopters, Section, and GMC

  • Routine maintenance, such as cleaning drainage, clipping, and signs, is undertaken by the adopter
  • Adopters report tasks requiring more than a single person's effort to the section
  • Section work hikes help adopters repairing and installing rock work and puncheons
  • The Long Trail Patrol, funded by FPR and the GMC, builds rock staircases and other more involved work

Trails and Shelter Committee

Report problems and offer assistance to the Trails and Shelters Coordinator, email

A description of the Trails and Shelter Committee coordinator's job.

At work...

trail work photo trail work photo

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