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. March 17, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. LT/AT, Mendon Sue Thomas 773-2185 What better day than St. Pat’s to go the Green Mountains?! Wear your green and keep an eye out for the leprechauns as we hike north from the Route 4 crossing. The route down will be decided by conditions. Optional stop at McGrath’s Pub at the Inn at Long Trail to celebrate the day. Approximately 3 miles, with some climbing. Snowshoes or traction devices may be needed.
March 25, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Merck Forest Maple Fest, Rupert Sue Thomas 773-2185, Viv Bebee 775-3855 They will be boiling sap in the sugarhouse and serving up a hearty pancake breakfast at Merck Forest & Farmland Center. Come meet the animals, take a wagon ride or join us for a hike to work off the meal. $10 adults, $5 kids 5-12.
March 31, Saturday, 9:45 a.m. Rutland or 10:30 East Poultney Green 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. Moderate, approximately 4 miles.
April 7, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Coolidge State Park, Plymouth Larry Walter and Viv Bebee 775-3855 Initially, some steep climbing on the Park road to a view of Mount Ascutney from the open picnic area and then a nice meadow and trail hike back to the cars through a mix of hardwood and conifer forest. Moderate, 3-4 miles.
April 8, Sunday, 12 noon Killington Section Annual Meeting, Godnick Center, Deer Street, Rutland City Sue Thomas 773-2185 Bring a dish to share and your own place setting for a potluck meal, followed by a short meeting to update us on trail news and election of officers. All welcome!
April 15, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Spier Falls, Gansvoort, NY Allison Henry 775-1627 Climb to a rocky overlook for views of the Hudson River. Moderate, 5 miles.
April 21, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Birds Eye Conservation Initiative, Ira/Poultney Sandy Bragg 492-2143 Explore some of the newly acquired public land south of Bird Mountain, with optional extra bit up Spruce Knob. Moderate, 5 miles with 1,400 foot elevation gain.
April 28, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Rutland or 10:00 a.m. Cuttingsville Post Office Shrewsbury area Gerry and Chryl Martin 492-2143 Destination to be determined. Call leaders for details.
May 6, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Mad Tom Brook Trail, East Dorset Larry Walter 775-3855 We haven’t been up this trail since it was resurrected by local townspeople and re-listed as an official GMNF trail. The route runs along the northern bank of the brook through beautiful riparian landscapes. It was once a popular carriage route, complete with extensive stone retaining walls and hand forged railing supports. Remnants of these still remain. Water-level permitting, we’ll also wade the stream and visit the ruins of an old pig iron site, including an abandoned boiler. Please call ahead, in case we have to alter our plans for the day. Moderate, 3 to 4 miles total, out and back.
May 12, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. (rain date May 13) Long Trail Spring Cleaning, Lower Elevation Herb Ogden 293-2510, Wayne Krevetski 282-2237 All are welcome to help prepare the trail for the summer hiking season. We’ll clear water bars, trim brush and cut blowdowns on the lower elevation stretches. Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes and lunch. Tools will be provided. Have fun in the woods while doing a good deed.
May 20, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Boiling Springs, Chittenden Barb and Barry Griffith 492-3573 Follow old wood roads through the New Boston area to find this unusual site where water bubbles up from the ground. Moderate, 7 miles.
May 26, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Woodland Hike, Wallingford Jerry Parker 775-6208 We’ll hike to a beaver pond and enjoy a view. Moderate, 3 miles, with some bushwhacking.
June 2-3, Saturday and Sunday GMC Annual Meeting, Lake Fairlee Hosted this year by the Ottauquechee Section. Watch your Long Trail News for details.
June 9, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. (rain date June 10) Long Trail Spring Cleaning, Upper Elevation Clear brush and water bars, paint blazes and cut blowdowns, readying the trail for the summer hiking season. Join us to work on our local treasure, the Long/Appalachian Trail. Bring work gloves, lunch and bug spray. Tools provided. Herb Ogden 293-2510, Wayne Krevetski 282-2237
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