About GMC Northern Frontier
Founded in 2000
The Northern Frontier Section of the Green Mountain Club was founded in May 2000 to maintain that part of the Long Trail System formerly maintained by the former Jay Section and Montgomery Section of the GMC. Since 1986 this section had been maintained by an informal group of GMC "at-large" members (unaffiliated with a section) and the Long Trail Patrol.
Trails & Shelters Maintenance
GMC Northern Frontier maintains the Long Trail from Hazen's Notch (Route 58) to the Canadian Border as well as the Journey's End Trail. The Northern Frontier section is the most remote part of the LT and includes some of it's most challenging terrain.
The Northern Frontier Section includes (from south to north) Hazen's Notch (1,780 ft.), Bruce Peak (2,900 ft.),
Buchanan Mountain (2,940 ft.), Domey's Dome (2,880 ft.),
Gilpin Mountain (2,920 ft.), Jay Peak (3,858 ft.), Big Jay
(3,800 ft.), Little Jay (3,600 ft.), Doll Peak (3,409 ft.),
North Jay Peak (3,400 ft.), Carleton Mountain (2,670 ft.)
and the northern terminus of the Long Trail at the
US/Canadian border (2,100 ft.).
The members of the Northern Frontier section maintain 18.7 miles of trail and five shelters (from south to north): Hazen's Notch Camp (2,040 ft.), Atlas Valley Shelter (2,220 ft.), Jay Camp (2,205 ft.), Laura Woodward Shelter (2,800 ft.), Shooting Star Shelter (2,260 ft.) and Journey's End Camp (1,550 ft.).
Our section includes Jay Peak, Vermont's 8th highest mountain, Big Jay, Vermont's 12th highest mountain, and Laura Woodward Shelter, the highest overnight shelter on the Long Trail north of the Lamoille River.
Membership, Activities & Meetings
Membership currently stands at 82. Since the Spring of 2000 we've cleared our section of the trail of winter blow downs (as snow pack permitted!!) in early to mid-May. Section members lead a variety of outings to include
hikes, bike rides, canoe trips, bird walks, picnics, as well as ski
and snowshoe tours in winter.The section annual meeting is in
the spring. Most meetings take place at the Montgomery Community
Meeting Room adjacent to the Montgomery Town Library at 86 Mountain
Road (Route 242) in Montgomery Center, Vermont.
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