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09-10-2002, 05:51
Info, questions, comments, experiences (good or bad) regarding - Stony Brook Shelter

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09-10-2002, 09:45
I stayed at Stony Brook Shelter the first night of my September 2000 section hike. This was a pleasant shelter with a solid plywood floor. The shelter faces east, but is within a fairly thick stand of trees, so there is little direct sunlight. Water is obtained from Stony Brook, no more than a quarter mile north on the Trail. There are a few tent sites around back.

09-26-2002, 20:53
The 2001 Wingfoot (not sure if it's changed for current edition) says that this shetler is .7 off the trail..causing us to almost pass it by. We took "shelter" here during a wicked rainstorm coming from the Inn at Long Trail, and ending up spending the afternoon playing Hearts and Poker with trail-mix, watching it rain. Great little spot with plenty of tenting and roomy enough for 8-10.

08-18-2003, 20:19
One interesting feature of the Stony Brook shelter is a rear deck covered by the roof overhang. This space serves as the kitchen area. The design accomodates more hikers, it is more comfortable than the usual alternative of sitting on the front edge of the shelter without any back support and most importantly, minimizes the amount of food that gets inside the shelter. The only other approach to separating the shelter from the eating area that I have seen on the Trail was in Virginia where the builders had erected a gazebo about thirty feet away from the shelter. This works just as well but its a much more costly option than the rear deck idea., which should be incorporated into shelter design generally. I seem to recall seeing the same type of deck on the Thistle Hill Shelter.

08-19-2003, 06:51
Unless they re-routed the Trail in 2001, the shelter is very close to, if not visible from, the Trail. Water is a ways down the Trail, northbound.

08-19-2003, 20:58
There's been no change in the Trail past the shelter as of last week.

08-08-2005, 11:55
My Thru-Hikers' Companion says it's 0.1 mi. off the trail. Perhaps Wingfoot's editors misread the 1 for a 7 that year. Happens quite a lot (in general, not in that book). ;)

08-12-2005, 18:18
Photo attached of Stony Brook shelter taken August 7, 2005. Shelter is very close to trail and is visible as you start down the side trail. It easily sleeps more than the 6 listed in the LT Guide (you can stand up and not hit your head) and there are plenty of suitable tents sites nearby. Water source is 100 yards north of shelter and, as of early August, still has large filterable pools of water.

LT end-to-end 2003