Green Mountain Club (GMC) Bread Loaf Section
After a long year of social distancing followed by mud season, hiking season is finally upon us.
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 we anticipate another busy season ahead. GMC asks hikers to help protect natural resources by being good trail stewards and responsible members of the hiking community. Read the latest GMC Press Release .
Safety Tips: Read trail updates, check the weather & bring a map!
Safety Reminders including link to Hunting Season dates (on this website)
Alternatives to group hikes: 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.
More Online Resources
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 map!
Refer to published maps & resources. (We maintain a variety of links to info on this website.)
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 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.