Mile 7.5 — Division AT2 — Elev. 1480 ft.
In recent years the maintenance of Clarendon Lodge has become increasingly difficult due primarily to misuse. After much deliberation the Killington Section decided to re- model from the closed lodge to an open shelter. On May 15 some 40 people were present to do the carpentering, pick up an entire pick-up load of trash (all accumulated since last September, clear up the remains of one of the twin pines right in front of the shelter which some “kids” had cut down with a hand-axe (it was about 50 years old), fell the other twin since “kids” had started hacking into it in such a way that it would fall directly ON the shelter, and build a new privy using lumber taken from the front of the lodge. The fence around the shelter is to keep out the cows in summer; there will be a gate at the opening.
The Killington Section took this drastic action in hopes of making the shelter a little less hospitable, hoping in turn that fewer “hippies” and drug addicts will make use of it as a semi-permanent abode. Also, that fewer people from the area will use it as a walk-in or drive-in picnic grounds, including those on snowmobiles and trail bikes.
[LT News, August 1971]