Trails & Trail Work

Contact Us About Trail Work

David Morrissey, Bread Loaf's newly-elected 2015-16 Trails Manager.

Since 2015, 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!

Additional 2019 Trail Work to clear blowdowns may be scheduled.

If you have questions about trail maintenance in our section or to volunteer, please contact David: email or phone 802-352-1060. There is work for all abilities. Thank you!

July 2019 Trail Work by LT Crew

A Green Mountain Club trail crew was hard at work earlier this summer repairing major erosion on the Long Trail in the Breadloaf Wilderness. They worked for four (4) weeks out of Middlebury Gap installing 22 steps and cutting almost 200 feet of new trail to repair the well used section of the Long Trail between the Gap and the junction to Silent Cliff. The new section provides a switchback around a steep area creating a more sustainable trail. The crew also spent two weeks just inside the northern boundary of the bread loaf wilderness at Lincoln gap doing gardening work.


Photo album of reroute and rock steps (LT to Silent Cliff trail junction.)

Photos of Trail 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.

A good day's work!

2018 (and 2017) Trail Reports

Fall 2018 work was canceled due to early snowfall.

Summer 2018 Trail Report (7/29/2018)

We had 6 volunteers remove 20+ trees up near the summit of Worth Mountain. All told between this trip and the early June work day, over forty trees were removed from the stretch of trail between Route 125 at the Middlebury Gap and the Sucker Brook Shelter.

This stretch of trail is now clear of blow downs from the storms late last year! (Photos.) There will definitely be one more work day scheduled in October for regular maintenance.

Spring 2018 Trail Report (6/9/2018)

The Bread Loaf Section trail crew spent Saturday, June 9th working on the trail between Middlebury Gap and the Sucker Brook Trail. We had twelve folks join us including three first time attendees. The trail was in tough shape after the winter due to a couple of powerful wind storms that came through our area. There were multiple blowdowns to contend with in addition to the regular maintenance work of clearing waterbars and removing debris from the trail. Luckily we had enough volunteers to break into three groups including one with two cross-cut saws and the sole mission to remove blowdowns! Additional clean up from those storms will likely continue into the summer. Many thanks to all who participated.

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!

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!

Safety Tips & Hunting Seasons

Before heading out to enjoy outdoor treks or paddles, please check:

"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 2007-2012)

Raking out