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.
December 1, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. The Pinnacle, Westminster Larry Walter & Vivian Bebee 775-3855 Loop trail to a ridge top and eventual summit of the Pinnacle with lean-to and beautiful views. The peak is 1,683 feet high, but the elevation gain for this hike is 643 feet. Moderate, 3.9 miles.
December 8, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Mystery Hike No leader. Just meet at the Park and decide on a destination.
Happy Holidays to All!
January 5, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Rutland, 10:00 a.m. Shrewsbury Town Offices Shrewsbury Trails, Shrewsbury Gerry & Chryl Martin 492-2244 Hike or snowshoe depending on conditions. Traction devices may be helpful. Moderate, 3-5 miles.
January 12, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Long Trail, Route 4, Mendon Larry Walter & Vivian Bebee 775-3855 We will hike to the newly-constructed Tucker-Johnson shelter, with option of continuing on to Deer Leap. Moderate, 3-5 miles.
January 19, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Buckner Preserve, West Haven Herb Ogden 293-2510 Depending on snow or its absence, this could be an easy hike or moderate snowshoe or a moderate x-country ski tour. We’ll go from the Old Galick Farm on easy grades about two miles north on recentlybrush-hogged farm lanes to a Lake Champlain overlook. We’ll then return either by the same route or one with a bit more of up and down.
January 26, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Rutland, 10:30 a.m. Shrewsbury Town Offices Shrewsbury Snowshoe, Shrewsbury Barry & Barb Griffith 492-3573 Conditions permitting, we’ll snowshoe approximately 3 miles. February 2, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Notch Road Loop, Mendon Sandy Bragg 492-2143 We’ll head east from the end of the maintained section of Notch Road, crossing North Fork of the Cold River Road, then follow the river south before heading over a north-south version of Notch Road(labeled Northam Road on some maps) and return. Snowshoes or traction devices may be needed. Moderate, about 4 miles.
February 10, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Black Mountain Ponds, New York State Allison Henry 779-4404 Snowshoe to a chain of scenic, backcountry ponds. Moderate, 4-5 miles.
February 17, Sunday, 10:20 a.m. Rutland, 11:00 a.m. East Poultney Green Snowshoe Trek, East Poultney Diane Bargiel 413-687-1109 Destination to be determined by conditions. Call leader for details.
February 23, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Snake Mountain, Addison Larry Walter & Vivian Bebee 775-3855 Hike on old woods road and trails to top of the north-south running ridge with beautiful views of Addison County farms below, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in the distance. Moderate, 3.6 miles with approximately 950 feet of elevation gain.
March 2, Saturday Winter Trails Day, Waterbury Center GMC Headquarters (802) 244-7037 See your Long Trail News for details about this annual event at GMC headquarters. It’s a great chance to try out equipment, meet folks from other sections and drink hot cocoa! Details can also be found at www.geenmountainclub.org.
THURSDAY HIKE SCHEDULE The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department sponsors a series of hikes for those who wish to enjoy their outings at a less strenuous pace. The hikes typically cover two to four 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. Meet on Thursdays at 9 am at the Godnick Center on Deer Street to car pool. We return in early to mid-afternoon. Call hike leaders if you have questions. All are welcome.
None for the winter season thus far.....
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