Outings for January 2023 (updated 1/22)

1/2 (Mon) Butler Lodge
Moved from January 1 due to rain forecast.
Ring in the new year with a snowshoe to Butler Lodge. Moderate snowshoe. Moderate pace. 4.1 miles. 1600′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 12/30. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 802-899-9982.

1/6 (Fri) CANCELLED – Camels Hump full moon outing
Cancelled due to cloud cover.
New year + full moon = let’s view it from a Green Mountain High Point! Moderate snowshoe. Strong pace. 4.8 miles. Group limit – 10. Contact leader by 1/4. Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com

1/7 (Sat) Molly Stark’s Balcony [FULL no new requests please!] 
We will start this outing by hoping for lots of snow to make for a nice snowshoe walk. We will walk the Beane Trail (1.5MI) to the Long Trail at the Birch Glen Camp and head south on the LT for about 1.3 MI over Bean Mt. to the Balcony, and return the same way. Molly Stark Mtn. (2,967′) is a short distance farther south on the LT and the group can decide if we want to summit that too. Return the same way. For reference, this trail is in Camel’s Hump State Park. The Beane Trail starts in Hanksville, which is south of Huntington Center and south of Huntington Gap (and north of the Appalachian Gap). Moderate snowshoe. <6 miles. 1500′ elevation gain. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

1/8 (Sun) Mt. Abraham (4006′)
We’ll take the Battell Trail and Long Trail north to Mt Abraham summit and back. Beautiful alpine summit with excellent views. Microspikes and snowshoes required. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate to strong pace. 5.8 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Jill George, jillghiker@gmail.com.

1/14 (Sat) Mansfield Ridge (4395′)
Moved from 2/4.
From Underhill State Park we’ll follow the CCC road to Maple Ridge Trailhead, take it up to the Forehead, follow the LT north to the Chin (summit), and then return via Sunset Ridge Trail. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 9 miles. 2600′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 802-899-9982.

1/15 (Sun) Butternut Mountain (2715′)
The route to this remote bump on the Long Trail north of Corliss Camp is mostly gentle with a steep section leading up to the ridge. No lines, no waiting, not much of a view. Moderate snowshoe. 5 miles. 1500′ elevation gain. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net or 802-660-2834.

1/16 (Mon) Mansfield via Sunset Ridge (4395′)
We’ll be hiking an out and back up Sunset Ridge and the LT north, from Underhill State Park. We will be keeping a moderate pace. Snowshoes and/or microspikes required. 5.5 miles, 2500’ elevation gain. Group limit is 10 people. Corey Perkins 603-854-0475 coreyryanperkinstime@gmail.com.

1/21 (Sat) Mt. Moosilauke (4802′)
We will hike Mt. Moosilauke (4802′) via the Gorge Brook Trail as an out and back. All participants should be experienced winter hikers with the appropriate gear. Poor weather will cancel the outing. 6AM departure from Richmond Park and Ride. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 10 miles. 3000′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Chris Luczynski, frogged@gmail.com.

1/28 (Sat) Mt. Ellen (4081′)
Join me to hike VT’s 4th highest peak!  We’ll meet at 7 am in Hinesburg and head to the trailhead then ascend the peak via the Jerusalem Trail, LT, summit as an out and back.  You must be an experienced and strong winter hiker with the appropriate gear. Poor weather will cancel the outing. Snowshoes a must and be prepared to “take your turn in the barrel” breaking trail as this is a little used route. 8.6 miles, 2,600′ elevation gain, group limit 10. Contact Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com to sign up on or before Jan. 26, please.

1/29 (Sun) Camels Hump Loop (4083′)
We’ll take Forest City Trail to Montclair Glen Lodge, then climb the Long Trail to the Camel’s Hump summit and return along the Burrows Trail. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 6 miles. 2400′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Dean Wiederin, deanwiederin8@gmail.com or 802-233-1398.

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