Mile 11.8 — Division 12 — Elev. 2180 ft.

Located just north of the highway, this shelter. maintained by the GMC. is a small lean-to of plywood and plywood cores. It has been provided for the use of hikers by the Atlas Plywood Division over whose timberlands this portion of the trail passes. It was fabricated at the company’s Morrisville plant and assembled on the site by members of the GMC in 1967. Although not designed for overnight use. it can accommodate 3 or 4 hikers, if necessary. Water is located across the highway at a spring located on the LT. It has been in use from 1967 to present.

Construction of the Atlas Valley Shelter, 1967
Construction of the Atlas Valley Shelter, 1967

Shortly before 10 am on Sept. 9, 1967, a truck from the Foss & Phelps Sawmill of Morrisville came to a stop at the LT crossing on Route 242 south of Jay Peak. A dozen or so people awaited the arrival and without delay they quickly transferred the cargo to a carefully chosen spot located a few feet north of the road where the Original Jay Camp was located. After the placing of several large rocks in a square. a rugged plywood platform 8′ square was taken from the truck and expertly leveled. The pace quickened and two side walls. Then the rear wall was fitted precisely to the side walls. The one-piece plywood roof was a bit heavier and more awkward but was also maneuvered into its appropriate location. Lo and behold! We were putting a lean-to together! With all pieces in place, the new structure was literally the center of a swarm of activity. Up on the roof a crew was busily laying down and nailing tar paper, while directly underneath other people were actively spiking and bolting everything down securely. Outside, a couple of people were happily creosoting everything in sight, including the shelter: they showed so much talent with a paint brush, in fact, that they were allowed to do the inside as well. A drywall to keep out the porcupines was built. The shelter was finished in early afternoon. The shelter was designed and prefabricated in the Morrisville Plant under the direction of the Company Forester, Warren B. Drown, who also supervised the assembly. Mr. Drown emphasized the need for recreational use of its extensive northern Vermont timberlands as an important aspect of their multiple use management.

George Pearlstein, in the Long Trail News, 1967.
Atlas Valley Shelter
Atlas Valley Shelter, 2023

Long Trail Guide Book, 23rd Edition 1985

Long Trail News, Nov. 1967