First built in 1933, Glen Ellen Lodge is one of the over 70 overnight sites located along Vermont’s vast Long Trail. The rustic lodge is sits between the peaks of Mount Ellen (4,083 feet) and Stark Mountain and is accessible from a 0.2-mile spur trail off of the Long Trail. The lodge can be accessed three ways: from the north via the Long Trail starting at the Appalachian Gap (3.6 miles), from the south via the Long Trail starting at the Lincoln Gap (8.4 miles), and from the west via the Jerusalem Trail (2.6 miles).
The lodge is constructed with a stacked log base and an interior log frame supporting a metal roof. Smaller diameter vertical logs create the upper portions of the walls. The lodge is quintessentially rustic with no creature comforts other than shelter from wind and rain. There is no heat source, electricity, or insulation. Daylight filters through the gaps between the vertical log walls. Water is either packed in or collected from the nearby stream and purified. A composting outhouse can be found down a path just outside the lodge.
The interior is cozy. A picnic-style table divides the lodge in half. Each half has a full-size, two-level wooden bunk and a narrow bench at the edge of the room. The lodge can accommodate eight hikers, two per bunk. Visitors are responsible for bringing appropriate sleeping bags and pads, food prep, water treatment, and lighting.
There is no fee to stay at this shelter, and all overnight sites along the Long Trail are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Green Mountain Club requests that visitors stay no more than two consecutive nights at the lodge.
The Green Mountain Club maintains the trail and all the structures along its length. Please help their efforts by practicing Leave No Trace principles.