Camp 4 on Bolton Mountain
Camp 4 on Bolton Mountain

The first trip across Bolton Mountain to locate a trail was also made in October 1910 by Mr. Cowles and Mr. Burt. Starting from the Nebraska Notch road near the Trout Club, the route lies along an old logging rod nearly to the summit of Mt Admiral Clarke; one of the outlaying peaks of the mass of Bolton Mountain and arrives at the summit; 4 miles. Some judicious lumbering on the heavily wooded summit would improve the situation by opening up some fine views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. The trail continues south from the summit soon finding Bolton Brook which if follows to the Winooski River. Two miles down the trail an abandoned lumber camp known as Camp No. 4 offers shelter, and two miles below this are found the mill and buildings of a lumber company now closed. [The Making of the Long Trail by Lewis J. Paris, M.D.]

This is the first reference to a GMC shelter that I can find. It may be the same place or camp as Dunsmoor Lodge, however, that is doubtful. O’Kane says that Camp #4 was 1.2 miles south of Bolton summit. Dunsmoor Lodge is listed in numerous places as 2 miles north of Bolton Lodge and the hiking distance between Bolton Lodge and the Summit in that era was 3.6 miles, which tells me that there were two different places .4 miles apart. Laura and Guy Waterman say that Camp #4 and Dunsmoor Lodge are the same. Whether they were the same place or not, Camp #4 on the south slope of Bolton Mountain was the first GMC shelter which wasn’t a care-taker summit camp that catered to the public. [Paul Woodward 4/17/1999]