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Trail Updates and Conditions - Mud Season
Closures, Relocations, Maintenance Work, Word from the Trail
Please do not hike on high elevation trails during mud season. Trails on state and GMC land, including the Long Trail, are closed during mud season. The Green Mountain National Forest also strongly advises against hiking during this time. During mud season, which take place from April until Memorial Day weekend, hiking on wet trails can cause errosion and permanent damage - including trail widening - which negatively impacts our trails and causes additional work for trail manages like the Green Mountain Club's volunteers and trail crews.
Please respect Mud Season.
Vermont Hiking Information
No other resource takes the place of an up-to-date map! Trails change and mapping technology improves, so even a map that is 5 years old may misinform you. We always recommend bringing a current map of the area you will hike along with your other hiking gear and clothing basics. Click here to browse GMC's online store for other guidebooks, maps, and gear!
Mountain Point Forecast gives you real-time weather reports on Vermont Peaks
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Portions of the Long Trail that are closed:
- The Long Trail/Appalachian Trail in Shrewsbury between [Lower] Cold River Road and Governor Clement Road is closed with a clearly signed roadwalk detour.
- "Spruce Peak South" is listed on the USFS website as CLOSED is referring to the snowmobile trail only. The hiking trail (the Long Trail) is open.
The Long Trail System side trails that remain officially closed are:
- Chittenden Brook Trail
- Clark Brook Trail
- Cooley Glen Trail is posted as closed but is expected to reopen this season
- Old Job is CLOSED from FR 30 to the Lake Brook Bridge. The USFS is working on posting closed signs here.
- Homer Stone Brook Trail is listed on the USFS website as CLOSED is referring to the snowmobile trail only. The hiking trail is open.
- The North Shore Trail at Stratton Pond is temporarily closed
- The Lye Brook Trail between Stratton and Bourn Ponds is challenging and requires map and compass skills to navigate
- Kelly Stand Road is closed to through traffic from the Arlington side. The side trails and Long Trail are not accessible via this route.
- The CCC road between Black Swamp Trail and Route 100 in Plymouth is closed by Irene. REopening yet to be determined.
Portions of the Appalachian Trail are closed with marked detours:
- Short relocation around Gulf Stream crossing near Rt 12
- Stony Brook bridge is out and fording is required
- Sargent Brook bridge, near Governor Clement, is out and fording is required
- the LT/AT between Governor Clement Shelter and Sherburne Pass is in rough shape and should be avoided until Spring 2013, when the trees are slated to be removed
With so many bridges out due to Tropical Storm Irene, you might find these river crossing tips from ATC helpful.
- Tucker Johnson Shelter is gone (detroyed in a fire)
- Journey's End Shelter windows can be opened. Please close them when you leave.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:02
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