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 the discretion to determine if a person is adequately prepared for the trip and can join the group.
NOTE: Hike details may change at the last minute due to various unexpected conditions – always a good idea to confirm with hike leader in case of changes.
June 15, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Rutland, 10:00 a.m. Cuttingsville P.O. off Route 103 Bear Mountain, WallingfordGerry and Chryl Martin 492-2244 Follow the Long Trail/AT north over Bear Mountain to Spring Lake. Moderate, 4 miles, with a few steep climbs and descents.
June 22, Saturday, call for meeting place and time Dean Preserve, East Poultney Diane Bargiel 413-687-1109 Hike to an overlook for views of Lake St. Catherine, with option for a longer trek or a swim afterward at the State Park.
June 30, Sunday, 8:00 a.m. Stratton Mountain/Stratton Pond Loop, Stratton Allison Henry 779-4404 A long hike with fire tower views and a beautiful pond. Moderate, 10.6 miles
July 7, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Pittsford Trails, Pittsford Jerry Parker 775-6208 Explore a new trail to a viewpoint, with a possible extra adventure – call leader for details! Moderate, approximately 3 miles.
July 13, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Around Wilder Mountain, Mount Tabor Herb Ogden 293-2510 Hike old highways and wood roads past long-abandoned farms, with some views, making a loop around Wilder Mountain. Moderate, 6 miles, 600’ total climb.
July 21, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Hunger Mountain, Worcester Allison Henry 779-4404 Climb via the Waterbury Trail to the rocky 3,539’ summit for excellent views of the Greens and Whites. Difficult, 4.4 miles with 2,290’ elevation gain.
July 28, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Around the Reservoir, Chittenden Sue Thomas 773-2185 Follow old wood roads from the former settlement of New Boston, winding down to Lefferts Pond. Bring a swim suit for a dip in the reservoir, if you’d like. Moderate, approximately 4 miles.
August 3, Saturday Long Trail Day – Statewide Individuals and groups will hike segments of the Long Trail to cover the entire 272 miles in one day. Go to greenmountainclub.org/longtrailday for information and to sign up.
August 10, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Diamond Run Mall, Rutland Paddle the Poultney River Barry & Barb Griffith 492-3573 This relaxing paddle along the scenic Vermont/New York border has become an annual event. Bring binoculars for bird watching! Meet at the former Sears parking lot at the Diamond Run Mall, Rutland.
August 17, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Little Rock Pond, Wallingford Sue Thomas 773-2185 Hike in to this beautiful pond for a swim with the loons (optional!). Will go in via Wallingford Pond and out down the Homer Stone Brook Trail. Moderate, 5 miles.
August 25, Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (rain date – Sunday, September 1) Hawk Hill Trails, Brandon Herb Ogden 293-2510 We’ll begin at Otter Valley High School and climb Hawk Hill via Frohloff’s Loop and the Old Brandon Road to visit a cemetery that goes back to the Revolutionary War. Anyone who has transportation, may return at that point, hiking about 1.5 miles round trip. The official hike will continue north on the Old Brandon Road past several cellar holes, then return by the Rossiter, Cutler and Ambier Trails, for beautiful views west and east from the rocky ridge and then a walk along the base of the cliffs.
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: Hikes 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.
June 13 June 27 July 11 July 25 Aug. 8 Aug. 22 Eshqua Bog Nature Area; Rum Road, Hartland/Woodstock Renée Warren 747-4466 Visit this wildflower (Showy Lady’s Slippers!) and bog site & historic Rum Rd. Easy.
Pine Hill Park, Rutland/Proctor Tom Copps 353-3025 Climb past Rocky and Muddy Ponds on this new trail to Proctor. Moderate.
Long Trail/Appalachian Trail, Sherburne Bob Perkins 773-0184 Hike to newly rebuilt Tucker-Johnson Shelter; return via Sherburne Pass. Moderate.
Cookout – Hapgood Pond State Park, Peru Edith Kellogg 775-1246 We’ll have a fire. Bring some food to share. Easy hike (opt.), swim, relax!
White Rocks National Recreation Area, East Wallingford Lyn Drigert 775-7038 Hike to the Ice Beds-a natural phenomenon-at the base of W.R.Cliffs. Easy/Moderate.
Snake Mountain, Addison Nancy Brown 773-9078 Follow logging roads to abandoned hotel site at summit. Spectacular views of Lake Champlain Valley. Some steeper sections. No snakes! Moderate