Trails & Trail Work

Contact Us About Trail Work

David Morrissey, Bread Loaf's newly-elected 2015-16 Trails Manager.Bread Loaf's Trail Manager is David Morrissey. If you're interested in learning about trail work in our Section, read our Trail Work Procedures. David will send out email alerts a few weeks prior to each workday. Weather permitting, there are always volunteer opportunities which can be done individually or in a group! If you have questions about trail maintenance in our section or to volunteer, please contact David. There is work for all abilities. Thank you!

Trail Work Schedule 2018


Spring clean-up, TBA

Fall trail work, TBA

Saturday dates will have Sunday rain dates.

Fall 2017 Trail Report

On October 14th, seven volunteers spent the good part of the day cleaning water bars, removing debris, and pruning back overgrowth. Part of the group worked on the Long Trail heading south from Route 125 at the Middlebury Gap. The other group worked on the Sucker Brook Trail and then north on the Long Trail. The trail was in great shape as we all hiked back out that day. Thank you to all those who were able to participate.
Looking ahead, the unorthodox fall weather seemingly left a large amount of leaves on the trees through late October. That coupled with the powerful wind storm a few weeks later should leave plenty of fun for trail maintainers come the spring!

Spring 2017 Trail work/walk through

On June 3rd, eleven trail crew workers walked through 6+ miles in 2 groups from Middlebury Gap to Sucker Brook Shelter. After arriving back at the cars, David Morrissey’s family treated some of the crew to an awesome surprise “tailgate style” cook-out at the Chatfield parking area on Brooks Road, complete with salads and chocolate chip cookies. Thanks to all the Morrissey family!

Fall 2016 Trail Report

At our Sept. Exec Comm. meeting, Bread Loaf Section Trails Manager David Morrissey reported on three full days of work, Sept 9, 10, 11, with 20 Middlebury College volunteers installing a set of stairs on the LT near the Snow Bowl, as well as work on water bars south of Rt. 125. Matt Shea from GMC supervised the stairs project, and David Morrissey worked the full 3 days. Another section of the trail needs stairs, which will require 5 days of trail crew labor plus materials. T This project is on a heavily used part of the trail en route to Lake Pleiad. Some puncheon replacement is needed this fall, to be scheduled October 29/30.

Trail Notes/Updates in the Bread Loaf area

Our section of the Long Trail is an 11.4 mile section from Sucker Brook Shelter northward through Middlebury Gap (Vt. route 125) to Emily Proctor Shelter.
Please check the GMC Headquarters website's Long Trail Updates for notices about trail conditions along the entire Long Trail.

Weather Reports of Vermont Peaks

Mountain Point Forecast gives you real-time weather reports on Vermont Peaks!

Photos of Trail Work 

A good day's work!
Volunteer trail work is a rewarding experience and a great way to give back to the trails.
 Take a look at some photos of recent trail work parties.

Safety Tips & Hunting Seasons

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Raking out

"Remember that anyone who can hike 3-5 miles and wield a rake, hoe or clippers can do trail maintenance. We love to have new folks on the crew. And sometimes there are even cookies! "

Chip Morgan (Trail Manager 2007-2013)