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    Default Goddard Shelter

    This is a huge, beautiful shelter just short of the summit of Glastenbury Mountain. It has two-levels and sleeps about 12, with water available just south on the AT. It has a great view south toward Greylock and be sure to check out the stars at night... I've never seen so many! Totally worth the uphill effort to get there. Head up to the Glastenbury Mt. summit firetower for sunrise. so pretty!

    Only downside was the privy, which is the scariest I've ever seen. It was covered with hundreds of big blue flies, both inside and out. The woods were much more appealing!

    I spent Saturday night at the shelter with some terrific company!

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    Goddard is definately nice, but consider camping up near the firetower as there are lots of level sites up there. I spent the night up in the tower back in '81. Water sourse is a good spring at the shelter.

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    It is a big shelter but I somehow missed this 2nd level both times I have stayed there. Definitely my favorite shelter on the trail. COLDEST water source too.

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    I guess two-level could be misleading... perhaps a better way to describe it is as having a step up to the sleeping area from the cooking area.

    - Ivy

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    Default Goddard shelter location

    Could someone please tell me if the Goddard shelter is located North of US 9, and if not, which is the first shelter located North of US 9 on the AT/Long Trail? thanks.

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    It is 10 miles north of route 9. Melville Nauheim shelter is 1.6 north of Route 9.

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    thats what i like to see L.Wolf!!! knowledge of the distances between roads!!! you da man!!!
    very cool shelter. it very cold last time i slept there!!

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    it's been rebuilt as of last fall

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    I was at this shelter this weekend it was rebuilt in sept of 05 its in good shape with a very larg and clean privy. The couple that built it and dedicated it the there son who passed away where at the shelter when I got there about 4pm on sunday great people. But the clouds moved in so no sunset on this trip. took the west ridge trail back down to vt 9 if you take this route have a compus as the trail ends at an old fire road about 3 miles from the shelter and can be hard to follow. also there there is about 4 mile road walk at the end to get back to the parking lot. NO FUN IN THE RAIN ON MONDAY 6/26.

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    one more thing it was the third aniv. of there sons death on Sunday. there is a photo and story about him in the log book.
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    Default A very nice location!

    Isn't the rockwork at the spring nice and those rock steps just beyond the shelter too! I wonder who did that?

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    Some of the best water on the AT, IMHO

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    Spent a very rainy and windy night there on 7/3/08. Very nice shelter despite the wind blowing in, and the rain only got on one corner of the lower platform. The guy next to me left out the pot he cooked ramen in, an apple, a half eaten bag of cookie dough, and some cookies (in the open, right next to my sleeping bag) and we didn't have any problems with critters of any kind. See photos for a picture.
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    Going to be at goddard shelter sat march 19th with some friends if anyones up for some cards and ghost storys

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    Stayed here solo this past sunday march 20th. Stayed at melville the night before then got up early and started hiking while the surface was still crispy. I didnt start post holing til about the last half mile. Any sort of tracks ended at about the fifth mile, so i was stuck trying to follow the blazes, which was a bit difficult at times. Lots of moose activity. Got to the shelter around 1:45 or so to see that no one had been there for a while. The last log was around mid December. The shelter was nice and clean, but a bit windy on the hill. Watched the sunset from the tower, and got an early nights sleep. Woke up to find i had to hike back i a little snow storm. By the time i got back to rt. 9 my legs were jelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    It is 10 miles north of route 9. Melville Nauheim shelter is 1.6 north of Route 9.
    Goddard ...The place that I met Lone Wolf and Gypsy
    very nice shelter ..

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    Good water too! You go about 8-ish miles with stained, crappy tasting water and then you hit a beautiful, ice-cold spring 60 yards before Goddard. Life is great!

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    I was up there last weekend, and it was a poor sight

    The bench that was outside by the fire pit had been busted up and burned. Someone decided to build a fire ring INSIDE the shelter. There was food, garbage, and half burnt wood everywhere. Someone tried to enclose one side with a tarp that had candle wax all over it, and just left it there. It was really disheartening to see all this because this is one of my favorite places to stop and rest on the Southern LT....

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