A lumbering camp about 0.5 mile from Bread Loaf Inn in Middlebury Gap

For several years we have hoped to have some lodges which the Bread Loaf School could consider its own, for its own use, rather than for the public. At length we have such a one, and it is ready for occupancy. It is Blowdown Camp, on the brook two miles northeast of the Inn. It is not a lodge of the Adirondack type, but is a chopper’s camp, generously turned over to the School for its use by Mr. Fritz, the College Forester. It has been cleaned out and renovated. The camp is reached by the Gilmore Trail, which is in excellent condition, and is clearly marked all the way with the blue blaze, which is the blaze of the Forestry Dept. and the Bread Loaf School. The camp[s] is available for picnic groups from the School, or small parties over-night. The bunks are ready with fresh balsam on them, so that no preparation in that line is needed, but over-night parties need to take their blankets. There are no cooking utensils except a good tea-kettle and a four-quart pail. The sleeping capacity will accommodate parties up to six. It is quite feasible to take both supper and breakfast there, or to set back to the Inn for breakfast. The windows have screens on, and those who use the cabin are asked to leave the window open as they are and to shut the door when they come away, so as to keep flies and mosquitos out. In order to avoid “stacking up,” Mrs. Harrington has been asked to act as the one to whom word can be given. She will reserve the cabin for parties who plan to use it on a given date.

The Crumb, August 1, 1924

The third route from Bread Loaf Inn is by way of Blowdown Camp, a set of buildings erected for logging purposes. The start of this trail is the same as that for the Burnt Hill Trail. The route leads past the barn at the Inn, crosses a small pasture, and follows a cart track past the Gilmore House and across a brook. On reaching the cemetery beyond the brook the route turns to the left, following an abandoned road. This leads in one and a half miles to the lumbering center known as ‘Blowdown Camp.’ Continuing past the camp by a logging road and taking a right-hand fork, the trail leads easterly, gradually rising and following logging roads. There are blazes to mark the right way at forks. The logging roads lead to an area on the west side of Bread Loaf Mountain where timber was blown down in a heavy storm. The route follows the northerly side of the blowdown, enters forest, and at once comes out upon the Long Trail. [O’Kane]