Outings for April, 2018

4/1 (Sun) Little Otter Creek to Lake Champlain Paddle
This easy 5 MI. (round trip) paddle in Ferrisburgh just south of Lewis Creek and takes us through the Little Otter Creek Management Area so we will might see wildlife. Bring your binoculars. We will put in at the ‘South Slang’ Fish & Wildlife access point off of Hawkins Road and decide on the spot the best route depending on water level and winds. Easy paddle. 5 miles. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

4/7 (Sat) Laraway Lookout
From the Long Trail parking on Codding Hollow Road we’ll follow the Long Trail up to see the ice formations on the rock wall below the Laraway summit, continue to the Laraway Lookout, and return. Microspikes absolutely required, as the ice below the cliffs can be extensive, and snowshoes required since the trail may not be well packed. Moderate snowshoe. Moderate pace. 4.5 miles. 1600′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

4/8 (Sun) Rattlesnake Mt, NY
We’ll head over to New York and climb Rattlesnake Mountain, overlooking Willsboro Bay of Lake Champlain. Easy hike. 3.2 miles. 700′ elevation gain. Beth Ruskai, mbruskai@gmail.com.

4/15 (Sun) Tax Day Bike Ride
We will meet in Vergennes to begin this glorious ride in the Champlain Valley with an after-taxes lunch in Middlebury. Moderately hilly bike ride. 25 miles. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net or 660-2834.

4/21 (Sat) Map & compass
Learn how not to get lost in the woods. Easy workshop. Phil Hazen, 355-7181 or philhazen@comcast.net.

4/22 (Sun) Honey Hollow
Take a nature / exercise walk in Honey Hollow in Duxbury. We’ll hike along logging roads at a moderate pace – except when we stop for ferns, wildflowers, or birds. 5 miles. 1000′ elevation gain. Rich Larsen, 878-6828 or larsen007@aol.com.

4/28 (Sat) Observing Spring through Birds
All levels and experience with birding welcome! Join us to observe the arrival of spring through the birds at Delta Park, one of Winooski Valley Park District’s birding HOTSPOTs. Led by Americorps Volunteer environmental educator Juli Tyson. We’ll met at 8:30 at the Delta Park parking area at the end of Windemere Way in Colchester (past the fishing access) , and should be done around 10. Easy hike / walk. Leisurely pace. 1 mile. Julianna Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or (978) 994-0482.

4/29 (Sun) Wildflower Hike
A decision on location will be made mid-week before the hike. The leader’s preference is to go to Niquette Bay State Park and hike the trails on the perimeter of the park. However, if the weather hasn’t been warm enough and the wildflowers aren’t out, we will move the hike to Snake Mountain, which tends to have wildflowers in bloom earlier. A hike up Snake Mountain would be from the east side. Easy hike. Moderate pace. 3.5 miles. Group limit 15. Contact leader by 4/27. Sheri Larsen, 878-6828 or larsen007@aol.com.

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