Bring drinking water and a lunch. Wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for weather changes. Distances are round trip and are approximate, as are elevation gains. Hike leader has discretion to refuse anyone who is not adequately prepared. Proof of vaccination may be required. Call the hike leader for meeting place and time, and if you reserve a space and are unable to go, please let the leader know ASAP so that someone else can take your place. If you are sick or have any symptoms, please stay home and join us next time.
LONG TRAIL DAY
Join GMC members, staff and section volunteers for a day of hiking trails all over Vermont. More details are available at greenmountainclub.org/longtrailday. Here in our area, volunteers will be handing out snacks and drinks to backpackers at the Rt. 140 crossing, contact Wayne Krevetski if you’d like to participate in a little “trail magic.” Herb…
HOGBACK MOUNTAIN, Goshen
rain date: Sunday An easy-to-moderate 2 ½ mile hike ending with a panoramic view. Vaccination required.
“PUT THE TRAIL TO BED” WORK PARTY
Join us for our last-of-the-season work day. Bring lunch, sturdy shoes and work gloves, tools will be provided.
EMERALD LAKE VISTA TRAIL, DorsetEmerald Lake 65 Emerald Lake Lane, East Dorset, VT
Views west to the Taconics, old stone walls and a beautiful stand of evergreens. 2.4 miles, moderate, total climb 500 ft. Full COVID vaccination, including boosters recommended by the CDC required.
SLATE HISTORY TRAIL, BomoseenWest Castleton Slate Company 22 Cedar Mountain Rd, Fair Haven, VT
A safe, easy walk for hunting season to explore the abandoned village of the West Castleton Slate Company. We’ll poke around the ruins of the dam and the 1868 slate mill, then take a scenic walk along the lake shore to a quarry site, returning for lunch by the lake at the State Park. 2…
SLATE VALLEY TRAILS, Poultney
Bring snowshoes or skis if it snows, hiking boots if it doesn’t, to explore this varied and beautiful network of trails. Options include woods, a pond or a scenic view, leader will decide based on weather and trail conditions. Vaccination required. 5-6 miles, moderate.
CHAPMAN FARM SITE & CEMETERY, West HavenGalick Farm West Haven, VT
Depending on the weather, we will hike, snowshoe or ski from the Nature Conservancy Buckner Preserve trailhead at the Galick Farm across used and unused farm fields and through a little woods to a farm site overlooking Lake Champlain. We’ll walk down to a little cemetery near the shore, where some of the Chapmans are…
SPRUCE PEAK, ManchesterMancheter, VT Manchester, VT
We’ll head south on the Long Trail, ascending the ridge and with a short, steep scramble at the end to reach a scenic view. Snowshoes and/or traction devices will be needed depending on conditions. 4.8 miles, moderate with some steep bits. Vaccination recommended for carpooling.
HOT DOG ROAST, Lake St. Catherine State Park, PoultneyLake St. Catherine 3034 VT-30, , VT, Poultney, VT
We’re reviving a Killington Section mid-winter tradition! Bring hot dogs or whatever you’d like to roast over the fire, and snowshoes or spikes for a short hike. Vaccination recommended for carpooling.
CADWELL TRAIL, PittsfordPittsford, VT Pittsford, VT
Snowshoe or ski along Otter Creek, where we may see otter tracks and slides. 2.5 miles easy to moderate, and if it’s too nice a day to go home, we have the option to add another nearby trail. Vaccination recommended for carpooling.
LOST POND TRAIL, Pharoah Lake Wilderness Area, Chilson, NYChilson, NY Chilson, NY
The trail starts at Putnam Pond Campground and ascends gradually to Lost Pond. We will then hike the one-mile loop around the pond and return the way we came. The loop around the pond has some moderately steep, rocky sections at the far end. Total distance 4 miles, moderate, micro-spikes or snowshoes may be needed.…
MUD SEASON MAPLE MEANDER, East PoultneyEast Poultney, VT East Poultney, VT
Please join us for a walk near a local sugarhouse that will include part dirt road with an historic cemetery and old school-house, hemlocks, hardwoods, & cows, and part off-road hiking or snowshoeing (if Mother Nature cooperates). Spikes & hiking sticks may be useful if the back roads are still icy, 2 – 4 miles.…