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. June 16, Saturday, 9:00 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. Climb the fire tower to enjoy the 360-degree view. The summit of Mt. Olga is 2,400 +/- feet at the top, but this hike is a moderate 2 miles, with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain.
June 23, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Hikers’ Choice Come to the park with ideas and decide there where the hike will be. So many possibilities!
June 30, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Rutland or 9:30 a.m. Cuttingsville Post Office off Route 103 Bear Mountain, Wallingford Gerry and Chryl Martin 492-2244 Trek north on the LT/AT over Bear Mountain to Spring Lake. Moderate, 4 miles.
July 8, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Spier Falls, Gansvoort, NY Allison Henry 779-4404 Hike to a rocky overlook for views of the Hudson River. Moderate, 5 miles.
July 21, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Hapgood Pond, Peru Larry Walter and Vivian Bebee 775-3855 This will be our annual “hot dog” roast for 2018. Hapgood Pond and campground is a Green Mountain National Forest recreation area, which is located east of Manchester. The swimming area is nice and there is a pleasant loop trail around the Pond for hiking. Bring your own eating utensils, beverage and what you would like to roast. Leaders will provide chips, cookies and condiments. J
July 29, Sunday, 9:00 a.m., former Sears parking lot, Diamond Run Mall, Rutland Paddle the Poultney River Barb and Barry Griffith 492-3573 A relaxing paddle on the Poultney River along the scenic Vermont/New York border. Suitable for canoes, kayaks or paddle boards.
August 4, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Rutland or 10:00 a.m. East Clarendon AT/LT parking lot off Route 103 Airport Lookout/Clarendon Gorge Sandy Bragg 492-2143 A short, sweet hike up the LT to Airport Lookout for a valley view, followed by a dip in one of the best swimming holes in Southern Vermont. Moderate, 2 miles.
August 11, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Long Trail Day Hike Herb Ogden 293-2510 To be determined. Call leader for details.
August 18, Saturday, 8:00 a.m., parking lot by the Mendon Town Clerk’s Office on Route 4 Grafton Pond, Grafton, NH Larry Walter and Vivian Bebee 775-3855 We led this paddle in 2010 and enjoyed it so much, decided to do it again. Clear, deep water and scenic hillsides make this gorgeous pond one of the premier paddling destinations in New Hampshire. There are several rocky islands and marshy inlets to explore. As wildlife abounds there, it is possible to see loon, osprey, great blue heron, beaver, otter, mink and moose. Gasoline motors are prohibited, which makes for a very pleasant paddle. Sorry for the early meet-up time, but the parking lot by the Pond can fill up quickly. However, once you are on the water, it doesn’t feel crowded at all.
August 25, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Mystery Hike Jerry Parker 775-6208 Call leader for details. Undecided at presstime.
September 1, Saturday Mystery Hike Diane Bargiel 413-687-1109 Call leader for details. Undecided at presstime.
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 14 Otter View Park and TAM, Middlebury Diana Landwehr 458-8114 Watch for wildlife on woods and boardwalk trails, then TAM. Easy/moderate. June 28 Otter Creek/Caldwell Trail Pittsford Lyn Drigert 775-7038 Follow Otter Creek from Gorham to Cooley Bridge; Caldwell Trail. Easy/moderate.
July 12 Aitken State Forest, Mendon/Shrewsbury Tom Copps 282-1675 Follow old woods road from old Girl Scout Camp to the Brown Bridge. Moderate.
July 26 Mt. Saint Catherine, Wells Tom Copps 282-1675 Hike through woods on this Nature Conservancy loop trail. Moderate.
Aug. 9 Hogback Mountain (and blueberries?), Goshen Tom Copps 282-1675 Hike thru woods between Hogback and Romance Mts. to blueberry patch. Moderate.
Aug. 23 Cookout-Emerald Lake State Park, North Dorset Lyn Drigert 775-7038 We’ll have a fire. Bring some food to share. Hike (moderate, opt.)! Swim! Relax!
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