Newcomers and nonmembers are welcome on our outings. Bring drinking water and a lunch. Wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for weather changes. This is Vermont! Meeting up & Carpooling: Unless otherwise noted, all trips leave from Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street in Rutland City. Distances are round trip and are approximate, as are elevation gains. Trips vary considerably in level of difficulty. Call the leader if you have any questions. HIKE LEADER HAS DISCRETION TO REFUSE ANYONE WHO IS NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED. September 10, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. in Rutland or 9:30 at Shrewsbury Town Office Shrewsbury/Plymouth Area Jerry Parker 775-6208 Hike with a view. Moderate, 5 miles.
September 16, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Mount Equinox, Manchester Sue Thomas 773-2185 A long, steep climb with a spectacular view and historical exhibits in the new summit visitors’ center, or join us for lunch at the top without the climb by driving up the motor road (fee charged.) Weather dependent. Difficult, route to be determined, 5 ½ - 7 miles.
September 23, Saturday, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, Waterbury Help celebrate our volunteers, who keep the trail in shape, man the summits and offices, fund raise, edit publications and so much more. A picnic, awards and music at GMC headquarters, Route 100, Waterbury. Please RSVP by September 8th at www.greenmountainclub.org/picnic.
September 24, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Bromley Mountain, Peru Allison Henry 775-1627 We did it last winter, now see it in summer. We’ll hike in from Mad Tom Notch. Moderate, 5 miles.
September 30, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Mystery Hike Meet at the park and we’ll go somewhere – if you have an idea, all suggestions appreciated.
October 8, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Rum Street, West Woodstock Sue Thomas 773-2185 Explore a 19th century farm community, where stone walls and cellar holes are all that remain, and hear excerpts from diary kept by a teenager who lived there. We’ll follow trails around small reservoir. Moderate.
October 14, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Shrewsbury Figure 8 Hike Herb Ogden 293-2510 We’ll hike the Long Trail north from Vt. 103 to the Lottery Road, stopping to enjoy the view from the top of Great Gorge Gulch and to inspect Clarendon Shelter. Then we’ll hike west on the Lottery Road and turn south on the abandoned Gaynor Road, taking a short bushwhack detour to the hard-to-find Bullard Cemetery and passing the ruins of the former farm nearby. The Gaynor Road takes us past Clarendon Shelter again and ends at Vt. 103 near where we started. The part from the shelter to Vt. 103 was the Long Trail until around 1986. It passes the site of an animal pen on the pre-Revolutionary Crown Point Road. Moderate difficulty, about 5 miles. Total climb 1,000 feet.
October 21, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. AT/LT, Killington Cindy Taylor Miller 446-2288 We’ll head north from Route 4 to Maine Junction, then continue on the AT to River Road, with an optional side trip to enjoy the view at Deer Leap. Moderate, 6 miles. October 28, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Mt. Olga, Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington Larry Walter and Vivian Bebee 775-3855 Loop hike to the fire tower at the wooded summit of Mt. Olga. The windows in the tower cabin are said to be glazed, so we can enjoy the 360-degree view shielded from the wind. Mt. Olga is 2,400 +/- feet at the top, but the hike is an easy 2 miles, with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain. There is an option for more hiking as there are additional trails beyond the fire tower.
November 4, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. “Put the Trail to Bed” Work Party – LT/AT Herb Ogden 293-2510, Wayne Krevetski 282-2237 Join us for our last-of-the-season work party. Bring lunch, water and work gloves. Tools provided.
November 11, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Mystery Hike Location to be determined, but it will be a safe hunting season hike.
November 19, Sunday, 1:00 p.m. Annual Fall Potluck Sue Thomas 773-2185 Join us for our annual hunting season tradition. Bring a place setting and a dish to share. We’ll have a slide program after the meal. All are welcome!
December 2, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Merck Forest, Rupert Larry Walter and Vivian Bebee 775-3855 We will begin by hiking to the newly-renovated Clark’s Clearing Cabin and then decide where to go from there. Moderate, 4 miles.
THURSDAY HIKE SCHEDULE The Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. sponsors a series of hikes at a less strenuous pace for seniors. Hikes typically cover 2-4 miles, involve limited to moderate elevation gain and try to avoid treacherous footing. Bring water and a lunch, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared for Vermont weather. Bring bug spray and guard against ticks by wearing long sleeves and pants. Meet on Thursdays at 9 am at the Godnick Center on Deer Street to car pool. We return in early to mid-afternoon. For further details, call hike leader. All are welcome. NOTE: Hiles are subject to change due to weather and/or trail conditions. ( . . . and please, no dogs). State Parks: free admission w/Green Mountain Passport or $4 per person.
Sept. 7 Long Trail to Aldridgeville, Wallingford Tom Copps 282-1675 Hike to the archaeological site of an abandoned logging village. Moderate. Sept. 21 Mount Independence, Orwell Diana Landwehr458-8114 Walk through Revolutionary War site. Views of Fort Ti, Lake Champlain. Moderate. (State Historic Site –free hike, fee for museum) Oct. 5 Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park, Hubbardton Bob Perkins 773-0184 Explore the Falls Trail in VT’s new state park; visit the Japanese Garden. Moderate. Oct. 19 North Branch of Cold River, Shrewsbury Edith Kellogg775-1246 Hike North Branch Road along the river from Brown Bridge. Moderate.