The Butler Lodge is a rustic cabin, one of many shelters along the Long Trail popular among thru-hikers. Originally built in 1933, it was dedicated to Mabel Taylor Butler by Roy Buchanon and the Long Trail Patrol. It was rebuilt in 2000 by a group of Green Mountain Club Volunteers, and it now serves as a year-round shelter for hikers. There is a $5 per night fee from May through October when the lodge is staffed by a GMC caretaker. All other months, there is no fee.
With a large sleeping platform near the entrance and a loft accessed by a ladder, the Butler Lodge has a maximum capacity of 14 people. In the late fall, winter, and early spring, it is rare to find more than one or two visitors. There is a composting toilet in the woods nearby, and a water source near the cabin. Water should be purified before it is consumed.
The simple cabin is a pack-in, pack-out shelter, has no electricity, and has quiet hours designated from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Visitors must bring their own sleeping pads, bags, and pillows, as well as food for their stay.
The shortest hike to reach the lodge is via the Butler Lodge Trail from the parking area on Stevensville Road. From here, it is a moderate uphill climb for 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1060 feet.