​​v​​olunteer long trail patrol

Experience life on the Long Trail. Sponsored jointly by the Green Mountain Club and the ATC, the ​Volunteer Long Trail Patrol (VLTP) works on heavy construction projects on hiking trails in Vermont, including the co-aligned Appalachian Trail and Long Trail.

The experiences of working together, learning new skills and backcountry living make an unbeatable combination of fun. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older. Training, equipment, and room and board are provided. Crews will travel to primitive backcountry sites from the base camp.


VLTP 2016 Volunteers

base camp

The crew is based at the Green Mountain National Forest Mount Tabor Work Center, on the site of the historic Danby Camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, builders of Forest Road 10 and many original A.T. shelters in Vermont. The camp has full amenities including plumbing, electricity, and big screen TV and is shared with seasonal Forest Service employees. Crew members sleep in four-bunk dorm rooms. Ample parking is provided.

VLTP 2016 gully waterbar partway

field life & working conditions

Trail work is hard, physical labor. Trail construction involves working with hand tools, and getting dirty is guaranteed. The crews work eight-hour days, rain or shine, hot or cold, regardless of black flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. During the course of the crew season, the weather can vary from sweaty, summertime heat to freezing, winter-like cold.

Read an interview with VLTP crew leaders Sam and Darcy about what VLTP is and what to expect.

201​7 ​volunteer long trail patrol schedule & crew week 


Week Dates Project Description
1 Ju​ne 30 - July 4 Stamford Meadows Puncheon Replacing broken bog bridging along a beaver dam just south of Congdon Shelter on the AT. This project is done in partnership with the GMNF and VASA: Vermont Association of Snow travelers Association (for help hauling the lumber in to the project site).
2 July
​7-11
Branch Pond Trail Re-Route Re-routing the Branch Pond Trail in the Lye Brook Wilderness onto higher ground to protect the trail from erosion and beaver flooding.
3 July
14-18
Branch Pond Trail Re-Route Re-routing the Branch Pond Trail in the Lye Brook Wilderness onto higher ground to protect the trail from erosion and beaver flooding.
4 July
21-25
Branch Pond Trail Re-Route Re-routing the Branch Pond Trail in the Lye Brook Wilderness onto higher ground to protect the trail from erosion and beaver flooding.
5 July 28- August 1 Branch Pond Trail Re-Route Re-routing the Branch Pond Trail in the Lye Brook Wilderness onto higher ground to protect the trail from erosion and beaver flooding.

contact us

Contact the Green Mountain Club at 802.244.7037 or [email protected] with any questions.