Outings for September, 2015

9/5 (Sat) Bamforth Ridge Trail
Start at the north end of the Long Trail on Duxbury Road, up the Bamforth Ridge Trail, and down Monroe Trail. There are 2 peaks on Bamforth Ridge that are somewhat clear of trees, giving great views to north, east and west. Multiple lookouts along the trail too. A couple of fun little rock scrambles (easy ones). Difficult hike, moderate pace, 11 miles, 3400’ elevation gain. Contact leader for details. Wes Volk, 355-4135 or wesvolk@gmail.com

9/6 (Sun) Exploring the History Around Waterbury Reservoir
Come see the remnants of the abandoned settlement west of Waterbury Reservoir. Trails follow ancient roads. Stone fences, cellar holes, and three cemeteries remain. Distance will be seven or eight miles with 700 feet of elevation gain. Rating easy to moderate. An all-day outing. Contact Joe Frank at 862-1816 or jefrank2@gmail.com more details.

9/7 (Mon) Mount Abraham
We’ll ascend the west side of the mountain via the Battell Trail to the LT and continue on the LT north to the summit, then return the same route. 5.8 miles, moderate pace, about 4½ hours. Contact Max Seaton 999-3945 or maxyseaton@yahoo.com

9/12 (Sat) Mt. Norris (Eden)
Mt. Norris has everything Camels Hump has without the crowds: ample parking, big rocks, trees, a water feature, a clearing, a lake view and a trail register. The added bonus is a close-up view of the Lowell Mountain wind installation. You won’t get that from Camels Hump! Moderate, 3.6 miles round trip. Group limit 8. Contact leader for details. Mary Lou Recor, 660-2834 or mlrecor@myfairpoint.net

9/13 (Sun) Bird Walk
Fall migration should be heating up! Birds that have nested in Canada will be starting to filter through Vermont and taking lots of stops to fatten up. Many other birds that nested here will also be in a feeding frenzy prior to migration. We’ll take a leisurely walk, either on the Ti-Haul Trail in Shelburne (flat) or the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge or Hinesburg’s Geprag’s Park (uneven ground, both with gentle hills) – depending on the interests and physical abilities of the group. Each is a two-mile round trip. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 9/10. Maeve Kim, 899-4327 or maevulus@surfglobal.net

9/19 (Sat) Jay Peak
Hike from Hazens Notch to Jay Peak ski area; lots of up and down; descend Ullrs Dream ski trail to tram station. Should be close to peak fall foliage. Difficult hike, moderate pace, 10.2 miles, 3000’+ elevation gain. Contact leader by 9/17. Dave Hardy, dhardy@greenmountainclub.org or 343-9017.

9/20 (Sun) Stowe Pinnacle
Hike The pace will be slow to moderate so that all can join on this beautiful fall hike to a rewarding open summit. Dogs are welcome. Moderate, 2.8 miles, 1500’ elevation gain. Contact leader by 9/19. Wolfgang Hokenmaier, 343-8175 or hogges@gmx.net

9/26 (Sat) Whiteface Mountain
From the top of Smugglers Notch we’ll climb to Sterling Pond, then follow the Long Trail over Madonna and Morse Mountains, continue to Whiteface Mountain and return, Difficult hike, moderate to strong pace, ~11 miles, ~4000’ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 9/24. David Hathaway, 899-9982 or david.hathaway.78@gmail.com

9/27 (Sun) Shelburne Pond Paddle
Enjoy a two to three hour paddle on Shelburne Pond in Shelburne. Shelburne Pond is small, but it’s still the largest undeveloped body of water in the Champlain Valley, about 12 miles south of Burlington. 1046 acres of pond, woods, wetlands and limestone bluffs. Not a swimming pond in any season due to algae. Easy outing, easy pace. Group limit 8. Contact trip leader by 9/26 for meet-up time and directions but please take note: This outings leader is not an early riser. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net

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