In 2011, NET landowners and maintainers Sam & Barbara Richardson donated a Conservation Restriction to the Town of Northfield on a 38 acre lot on Stratton Mountain. This cabin was built by Appalachian Mountain Club-Berkshire Chapter volunteers in the Fall of 2011 and the Spring of 2012, whose combined efforts contributed over 1000 hours of work. The name “Richardson-Zlogar…” reflects the special efforts of one volunteer in particular-Mike Zlogar, who proved him self invaluable throughout the course of the project. Mr. Zlogar is also a long-time NET/M-M Maintainer.
COST: There is no charge for using the Richardson-Zlogar Cabin on the NET, but a suggested donation of $3/pp
can be placed in the donation box inside the cabin for continued maintenance and improvement.
PARKING: The Cabin and the surrounding land is forever protected from development by a CONSERVATIONRESTRICTION (CR). One of the conditions of the CR is that vehicle use is limited to forestry and
maintenance by the owner/ caretaker. Parking at the TRAILHEAD at the power line at the top of
Alexander Hill Rd. is an easy 10-minute hike, south, along the NET to the cabin. (Cross the power line
and follow the white blazes.)
FACILITIES: There is no electricity, running water, or stove in the cabin, but there is a 5-gallon container of
water (from the town water supply). A Porta-Potty will be on site until the moldering toilet is
approved and constructed.
TENT PLATFORM: Two tent platforms have been built and one more is planned.
RESERVATION AND GROUP SIZE: If a group of 2 or more has made a reservation, others will need to use an
over-flow tent platform. If there are less than 2 in the group, the party should be prepared to share
the cabin with NET hikers who may arrive.
FIRE PIT: Fires are permitted only in the constructed fire pit. Please cover the fire pit after fire is completely out.
TRASH AND GARBAGE: This shelter has a CARRY IN – CARRY OUT policy. Take your trash/garbage with you.
CELL PHONE SERVICE: Verizon service is good in the area; AT&T is sometimes spotty.
EMERGENCY: Medical: 911. Police: (413) 498-5118. Dispatch: (413) 625-8200. Fire: (413) 498-5100
AMENITIES: In Northfield – a 5-mile hike, west, on Alexander Hill Rd., there are restaurants, a creamie, a
grocery store, a convenience store, and a B & B.
Northbound, the next trailhead after the power line at the top of Alexander Hill Rd. is about 2 miles of easy hiking at Bass Road (formerly called White Rd.) in Warwick. The next shelter, northbound, is about 4 miles beyond the Bass Rd Trailhead, on the N side of Mount Grace.
Southbound, the next trailhead is on Gulf Rd., about an hour-and-a-half, moderate hike (about 3 miles), along the NET from the cabin. The distance to the next shelter from the cabin is about 15 miles, located near Ruggles Pond at Wendell State Forest. From there the next shelter, south, is the Mosher Trail Shelter, about 10.5 miles further, in Leverett.
The Richardson-Zlogar Cabin is closed for the remainder of 2020
Reservations are Required
- You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation.
- There is a $3/person recommended donation for stays
- Persons/groups stay is limited to 2 consecutive nights.
- Groups of 2 people or less may have to share cabin space with others.
- We kindly request reservations be made at least one week in advance to ensure all required information is received by our caretakers, and those staying.
The cabin itself is closed until further notice. The two tent platforms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Use of the platforms, tables, and porta-potty are at the users own risk and social distancing measures are encouraged. No sanitation maintenance currently in place.