Outings for April 2015

4/4 (Sat) Sterling Pond via Elephant’s Head Trail
We’ll park at the gate on 108 at Stowe Ski Resort, hike up the closed road until we come to the Elephant’s Head Trail, and then hike up to Sterling Pond.  On the way down we may take a shorter trail and walk the closed portion of 108 sooner if there isn’t enough daylight to come back the same route. Difficult hike, moderate pace, 9.6 miles, 1500′ elevation gain. Wes Volk, 355-4135 or wesvolk@gmail.com

4/5 (Sun) Worcester Mountain Trail to Worchester Mountain
Moderate hike, moderate pace, 5 miles, 1970′ elevation gain. Meet at 10am in the parking area on Mountain Road, Worcester. Contact leader by 4/3. Lindsay Pokorak, 607-242-7420, or lpokorak@gmail.com

4/11 (Sat) Mount Hunger & White Rock
We’ll snowshoe the Waterbury trail to the summit of Mount Hunger, taking a side trip to the summit of nearby White Rock Mountain on the way back. Difficult hike, moderate to strong pace, ~6.5 miles, ~2500′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 4/9. David Hathaway, 899-9982 or david.hathaway.78@gmail.com

4/12 (Sun) Middlebury to Vergennes Bike Loop
We’ll earn our ice cream riding low-traffic roads from Vergennes to Middlebury for lunch. There will be several stops to admire the scenery and the company before we return to Vergennes. Moderate (hilly) at a non-competitive pace, 25 miles. Group limit 8. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net, 660-2834.

4/19 (Sun) Paddle Around the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area
We’ll paddle around the LaPlatte River Natural Area in Shelburne (a Nature Conversancy habitat). Length and duration of outing to be determined by group. Use this as a chance to learn about this unique river shore area, a habitat for migratory waterfowl, beavers, etc. The marsh area is located at the end of the LaPlatte River, which we’ll attempt to paddle. The LaPlatte runs 16 miles from Lake Iroquois to Lake Champlain. The lakeshore area is regularly flooded when the lake level rises. Spring is the best time to go, as one can paddle through stands of maple and willow if conditions are right. Contact ted@ted-albers.net by Saturday evening, April 18th.

4/25 (Sat) Mills Riverside Park
We’ll explore the trails of the Mills Riverside Park in Jericho. Easy hike at a moderate pace, ~3-4 miles, ~ 300′ elevation change. Group limit 15. Contact leader in advance.  David Hathaway, 899-9982 or david.hathaway.78@gmail.com

4/26 (Sun) Shelburne Pond Paddle and Skinny Dipping
Enjoy a fun and possibly chilly canoe or kayak paddle on Shelburne Pond. We’ll paddle for as long as the group wants to go. Remember life jackets and bring a picnic lunch, as we’ll be starting around 10am. Contact ted@ted-albers.net by 4/25 evening.

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