Outings for May 2015

5/2 (Sat) Mount Ethan Allen via Forest City Trail
Learn native trees in a variety of forest communities, swim in mountain streams, and witness majestic views. Moderate terrain, moderate pace, 10 miles round trip, 2200′ elevation gain. Group limit 8. Contact leader by 4/28. Adam Heckle, aheckle@uvm.edu

5/3 (Sun) Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park
We’ll hike the trails on the perimeter of Niquette Bay State Park while looking for early spring wildflowers. Easy terrain, moderate pace, 3.5 miles, relatively gentle ups/downs and stairs. Group limit 15. Contact leader by 5/1. Sheri Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 878-6828.

5/9 (Sat) Spring Trail Work
Help clear the Long Trail (and some side trails). Bring work gloves, lunch, water. Tools provided or bring your own. Meet at UVM visitor’s lot at 8am or Richmond Park & Ride (Exit 11) at 8:30am. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4-10 miles, 2000′ elevation gain. Pam Gillis, 879-1457 or gillis1986@gmail.com, and John Sharp, 862-3941.

5/10 (Sun) Easy Snake Mountain hike for Beginners, Kids, Dogs
One of the easiest and most rewarding wilderness summits in VT, Snake Mountain offers an interesting history, open views, a unique natural lake close to the summit, and easy walking along an old carriage road. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to join. Easy, leisurely pace, 3.6 miles, 900′ elevation gain. Contact leader beforehand.  Wolfgang Hokenmaier, 343-8175 or wolfgang.hokenmaier@gmail.com

5/16 (Sat) Spring Trail Work
Help clear the Long Trail (and some side trails). Bring work gloves, lunch, water. Tools provided or bring your own. Meet at UVM visitor’s lot at 8am or Richmond Park & Ride (Exit 11) at 8:30am. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4-10 miles, 2000′ elevation gain. Pam Gillis, 879-1457 or gillis1986@gmail.com, and John Sharp, 862-3941.

5/17 (Sun) Bike the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
We’ll start in St. Albans and bicycle the full 26-mile length of the trail to Richford, and then return. Difficult because of distance (52 miles), moderate to strong pace, elevation change negligible. Group limit 10, Contact leader by 5/15. David Hathaway, 899-9982 or david.hathaway.78@gmail.com

5/17 (Sun) Bird Walk in Essex
The one-mile loop at Woodside Nature Area is one of the prime birding spots in the state. We’ll get an early start, walk it slowly in one direction, and then turn around and walk it the other way. Easy, with a few wooden staircases. Maeve Kim, 899-4327 or maevulus@surfglobal.net

5/23 (Sat) Spring Trail Work
Help clear the Long Trail (and some side trails). Bring work gloves, lunch, water. Tools provided or bring your own. Meet at UVM visitor’s lot at 8am or Richmond Park & Ride (Exit 11) at 8:30am. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4-10 miles, 2000′ elevation gain. Pam Gillis, 879-1457 or gillis1986@gmail.com, and John Sharp, 862-3941.

5/24 (Sun) Molly Stark Mountain via Bean Trail
Enjoy a morel hunt along a sidetrail leading to the L.T.  and views from the summit. Birding will be in full swing! Moderate terrain, moderate pace, 9 miles round trip, 2000′ elevation gain. Group limit 8. Contact leader by 5/20. Adam Heckle, aheckle@uvm.edu

5/25 (Mon-Memorial Day) Camels Hump West Loop/Burrows Trail
From the Burrows Trail, we’ll connect to the Forest City Trail then join the Long Trail north to the summit. We’ll descend to the parking lot via the Burrows Trail. 5.8 miles, moderate pace. maxseaton2@gmail.com or 802-999-3945.

5/30 (Sat) Spring Trail Work
Help clear the Long Trail (and some side trails). Bring work gloves, lunch, water. Tools provided or bring your own. Meet at Richmond Park & Ride (Exit 11) at 8:30am. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4-10 miles, 2000′ elevation gain. Pam Gillis, 879-1457 or gillis1986@gmail.com, and John Sharp, 862-3941.

5/31 (Sun) Camels Hump Loop
From Burrows parking lot we’ll cut over to Forest City Trail and hike up to the Long Trail. From the summit, we’ll come down the Burrows Trail back to the parking lot. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 5.2 miles, -2200′ elevation gain. Contact leader in advance. Wes Volk, 355-4135 or wesvolk@gmail.com

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