Mile 15.3 — Division 10 — Elev. 3030 ft

This shelter replaced Sterling Pond Lodge (3rd)

This framed shelter was built by the Montpelier Section in 1972 and has space for 8. … There is a small unreliable spring 300 ft east of the shelter on the Elephant’s ‘Head Trail. A GMC caretaker is on duty during the summer to assist and educate hikers and maintain the site and nearby trails. A fee is charged for overnight use. Small wood fires are permitted. It has been in use from 1972 to present. On Friday, Sept. 1, 1972, the Madonna Mountain Corp. loaded two of their bombardiers with lumber and other building materials purchased by the GMC and proceeded up the slopes of Sterling Mountain. Six volunteers rode up with them and transported the material by hand from the top of the ski lift to the construction site which is the same spot where the old Lodge sat. Two volunteers baby sat the materials to protect them from the porkies and people. On Saturday, eight volunteers from the lntersectional worked on the stone piles, the floor, and carried the rest of the materials to the site. On Sunday, 10 volunteers. including Roy Buchanan. who was to be the advisor, installed the uprights and back wall. All the burned logs were cut up for firewood. Bunks, roof, and table were completed, and on Sept 23rd and 24th, the finishing touches completed, after which the group enjoyed a hot dog roast and beautiful full moon. [LTN Nov. 1972]

Sterling Pond Shelter, 1998
Sterling Pond Shelter, 1998
Sterling Pond Shelter, 1998
Sterling Pond Shelter, 1998

This shelter was replaced by Sterling Pond Shelter (2nd)