7/6 (Sat) Laraway Loop – CANCELLED
The NOAA weather forecast is now for 80% chance of heavy rain, 1/2 to 3/4 inch, with thunderstorms likely. We won’t be that high, but even the top of Laraway isn’t a good place to be in a thunderstorm. the mountain-weather forecast is a little better, calling it “light” rain, but still calls for thunderstorms.
From Davis Neigborhood we will head over to Codding Hollow, follow the Long Trail up over Laraway Mt, and return via Davis Neighborhood Trail. Moderate hike. Moderate pace. 8 miles. 1600′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, email@example.com or 899-9982.
7/7 (Sun) Tillotson Camp to Hazen’s Notch
We will follow the Frank Post Trail to Tillotson Camp, then head north on the Long Trail to Hazen’s Notch. Highlights include Tillotson Camp (no view), Tillotson Peak (no view) and Haystack Mountain (not much of a view). Moderate hike. 6.6 miles. Contact leader by 7/6. Mary Lou Recor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-2834.
7/13 (Sat) Mystery hike
Contact the trip leader for more information. Moderate hike. Wes Volk, email@example.com.
7/14 (Sun) Mansfield Forehead
We’ll start from Stevensville Road trailhead, head up Butler Lodge trail, then take Wallace Cutoff and the LT (or possibly Wampahoofus and Maple Ridge) up to the Forehead. On the return, we’ll take Maple Ridge, then Rock Garden back over to Butler Lodge trail and down. We may reverse the loop depending on which way promises to be the most fun! Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 6.4 miles. 2600′ elevation gain. Jill George, firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/14 (Sun) POSTPONED – Ravens Ridge
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This will be an easy ramble with a few short steep rocky parts, maybe two hours total including a long lunch break. Raven’s Ridge is described as a rocky forest refuge for a variety of wildlife. This Nature Conservancy property stretches from Lewis Creek south along a ridge on the boundary of Charlotte and Hinesburg to a large wetland complex in Monkton. The Conservancy has improved the steep path that gives access the to unusual rock formation below the ridge known as “the oven”. They’ve put in stone steps at the steepest part. Parts of this walk trail are very steep. But I bet you can make it as the whole outing is just a couple of miles with some nice views. Birding enthusiasts should bring binoculars. All should bring a lunch as we will make this a picnic outing. Contact me for meetup times. If its hot that day Ill be stopping at Bristol Falls for a dunk on the way home – you are welcome to join Easy hike. 2 miles. 400′ elevation gain. Ted Albers, email@example.com.
7/20 (Sat) Cantilever Rock
A 2.7 mile hike about half way up Mt. Mansfield leads you to Cantilever Rock. As you approach the area, look up and see this amazing blade of rock 60 feet above you sticking out of a 100-foot cliff. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll want to go on this hike. $4 state park day use fee. Moderate hike. Moderate pace. 5.4 miles. 1200′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, firstname.lastname@example.org or 899-9982.
7/26 (Fri) Lincoln Gap to Appalachian Gap
We’ll carpool from Burlington to Appalachian Gap to drop off car(s) and proceed to Lincoln Gap. This a wonderful all-day ridgewalk along the Long Trail with our initial ascent up to Mt. Abraham. From here north, the trail continues ascending and descending several 4000′ peaks with 360 degree views. Bring your binocs and a fun attitude for this all day hike. Ideally we’d like to begin hiking @ 8:30 from Lincoln Gap. Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 12.3 miles. 2100′ elevation gain. Contact leader by 7/24. Pete Saile, 658-0912.
7/27 (Sat) Bird Monitoring Walk at Macrae Farm Park
There are several loops on this walk led by Juli Tyson, AmeriCorps member and environmental educator for the Winooski Valley Park Districtand. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow, all are welcome (no expertise on birds necessary). Birds to see here include the Great Blue Heron and Osprey. Macrae is also known for having lots of turtles basking on logs in the river.veral loops here. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow, all are welcome (no expertise on birds necessary). Birds to see here include the Great Blue Heron and Osprey. Macrae is also known for having lots of turtles basking on logs in the river. Easy hike. Leisurely pace. 2.5 miles. 0′ elevation gain. Juli Tyson, 863-5744 or email@example.com.