Green Mountain Club (GMC) Bread Loaf Section
Shorter Days and Shared Woods
The days are now shorter and afternoon outings may get out of the woods in the dark. Be mindful of approaching sunset and check the batteries on your headlamp before you realize they don’t work.
Hunting season has started!
Check the Vermont Department of Fish and wildlife for all the details.
Plus, for additional safety reminders, go here on our website.
Hiking in Vermont
Last year, the Green Mountain Club experienced a 35 percent average increase in use on the Long Trail and an 80 percent increase in use of overnight shelters, and this year has also seen lots of trail use!
GMC asks hikers to help protect natural resources by being good trail stewards and responsible members of the hiking community.
Hike with your family & close friends. Or go virtual!
"Maps & Resources" page is a list for areas to explore close to home in Champlain Valley with members of your household.
- OR - "Adventures with Ivor!" Pop some popcorn and go to the movies (on YouTube) and experience new hikes with Ivor.
Hike safely! Plan for changing weather conditions especially at higher elevations. Read trail updates, check the weather & bring a map.
To help ensure a safe and fun outdoor experience, we strongly encourage you to read and learn from these online resources before heading outside:
Bring a paper map or check out downloadable maps.
To check out the GMC's new digital downloadable maps that don't require cell phone service, click HERE. (Or click on GMC's 'Shop' menu item.) Once there, scroll down to view all available maps. Please note that GMC strongly recommends always having a paper map and compass in the backcountry. Digital devices may fail due to batteries dying, getting wet or broken, etc, and should only be used as an addition to paper maps.
Check trail conditions and the weather.
Find Weather Forecast Websites on our "Safety Reminders" page.
"Producers of app aim to cut down on backcountry rescues" (includes a 3-minute video) and interviews with Neil Van Dyke, the state's search and rescue coordinator and GMC's Matt Krebs, operations and publications coordinator. This story was produced by WCAX on December 10, 2018.