Trip Ideas for Spring

Trip ideas for Spring: April, May, June
These are trips that have been led by our section members in the past. If you are a new leader, please feel free to borrow ideas and descriptions for your own trips.
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April
Outing Date
Outing Title Camels Hump via Forest City
Outing Type ‚ Snowshoe or hiking Outing Leader(s)
Distance Round Trip 8.9 miles Total Elevation Gain 2,200′
Difficulty Rating Difficult Trip Pace ‚
Camels Hump via Forest City, Long, Monroe and Dean Trails (Dogs Welcome). We will summit Camels Hump by way of the Forest City Trail and Long Trail.We will make our way back down the Monroe Trail and cut over the Dean Trail to return back on the Forest City Trail. Difficult with moderate pace, 8.9 miles, 2200 foot elevation gain.

April
Tax Day Ride
File early so you can join me on my favorite early season loop between Vergennes and Middlebury with lunch in Middlebury. We’ll set a relaxed pace with time to breathe in the splendor of spring in the Champlain Valley. Distance: 25 mi. Moderate with some good hills. Group limit: 10.

April
Outing Date ‚
Outing Title ‚ Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park
Outing Type – Hike
Outing Leader(s)
Leader phone ‚
Leader Email
Distance Round Trip ‚ 3.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain ‚ relatively gentle ups/downs and stairs
Difficulty Rating – Easy
Trip Pace ‚ Moderate
Call in advance? Y
Group Size Limit – 15
Advance Registration Date
OK to publish in newspapers? Y and Long Trail News? Y
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines ‚ We will hike the trails on the perimeter of Niquette Bay State Park while looking for early spring wildflowers.

April
Hike Snake Mountain
Easy to Moderate about 3.5 miiles 900′ assent slow pace Description: Our winter hike of Snake Mountain didn’t work out so we’ll try it again in early spring. There may be some early wild flowers blooming. We’ll follow a trail to the top where there is an old hotel site with an interesting history, and an excellent view of he Champlain Valley. We may be able to see the new Champlain Bridge. We’ll go back down by an old carriage road.

April
Map & Compass Workshop
Distance Round Trip: 5 mile
Total Elevation Gain: 100′
Difficulty – Moderate
Map and Compass Workshop Learn the basics of reading a map and using a compass to get from Point A to Point B. We will then do a little hike and bushwhack near Colchester Pond to test our skills. Moderate, 5miles.

April
Date:
Title: Mobbs Farm
Type: Hike
Leader:
Phone:
Email:
Distance: Approximately 3 miles
Elevation: rolling hills
Difficulty: easy with easy pace
Please RSVP By:
Group Size: Limit 3 dogs
Ok to Publish
Outings Description
Bring your kids and dogs and lets walk through Mobbs to see early signs of spring. Bring lunch to enjoy at the riverside. Easy, 3.6 mile round trip, 900ft elevation gain.

April
Sunset Knob Bushwhack ‚ Underhill State Park
Shortly before the Cantilever Rock cutoff on the Sunset Ridge Trail, have you ever noticed the rocky knob to the north, on your left? From Underhill State Park winter parking, we will make a mile and a half beeline to this knob. Sunset Knob is at the western end of Sunset Ridge and provides a close up view of Mount Mansfield, the ridge, as well as the sounds and silhouettes of hikers. Moderate terrain, moderate pace, 5 miles roundtrip, 1400 foot elevation gain. E-mail leader by 4/5.

April
Sterling Pond at Smuggler‚ Notch
From the parking lot on Rt. 108 in Stowe, we will walk up the Long Trail 2 miles to Elephant‚ Head then 1.2 miles to Sterling Pond and the shelter. Several wonderful views, a few steep spots. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 8 miles, 1200 foot elevation gain. Group limit 5. Contact leader for car pool details and times.

April
Bike Vergennes to Middlebury
Enjoy an early spring bike ride on back roads, with stops to take in the scenery and rest our posteriors. Lunch in Middlebury. 25 moderately hilly miles at a moderately moderate pace. Group limit 10. Leader:

April
Biking in Burlington
Very Easy ‚ about 6-7 miles; hike abt 2 miles Ride Burlington‚ ‚Äúother‚Äù bike path, the Route 127 path, to Ethan Allen Homestead. Take a break and hike some of the trails there. We will cross a wetland, hike to the river and around a field. There may be early wild flowers. Then return by the same route.

April
Mount Abe
We will hike the LT to Mount Abe if Lincoln Gap Road is open; otherwise we will go up Battelle Trail. Snowshoes required. 5 miles, moderate pace.

April
Map & Compass Workshop
Learn the basics of reading a map and using a compass to get from Point A to Point B. We will then do a little hike and bushwhack near Colchester Pond to test our skills. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 5 miles, 100 foot elevation gain. Group limit 10.

April
Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
We will start in St. Albans and bicycle the full 26-mile length of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail to Richford, and return. Difficult because of distance, moderate to strong pace, 52 miles. Group limit 10. Contact leader by

April
Snake Mountain: Kid and Dog Friendly
The trail is an Old Carriage Road so it‚ wide and easy to follow. It includes Red Rock Pond on the descent. The summit has 180-degree views of the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley. Easy with easy pace, 4.1 mile loop, 980 foot elevation gain. (The first half-mile is mostly flat.) Approximate hike time is 2 hours but can vary with children. Limit 4 dogs. Contact leader by

April
Wildflower Hike at Niquette Bay State Park
We will hike the trails on the perimeter of Niquette Bay State Park while looking for early spring wildflowers. Easy hike with relatively gentle ups/downs and stairs, 3.5 miles, moderate pace. Group limit 15. Contact leader by

April
Bamforth Ridge Northeast Slope Bushwack
Hike
4 miles Roundtrip
700 foot Elevation Gain
Moderate Terrain
Moderate Pace
Call in advance? ‚ N
Email in advance? – Y
No Limit
April 6
OK to publish in newspapers (Y) and Long Trail News? – (Y)
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)
We will start on Duxbury Road and explore an area that abounds with huge boulders and interesting rock formations, as well as cave-like crawls between boulders.

May
Sunset Knob Bushwack – Underhill SP
Hike
4 miles Roundtrip
1400 foot Elevation Gain
Difficult Terrain
Moderate Pace
Call in advance? ‚ N
Email in advance? – Y
No Limit

May
OK to publish in newspapers (Y) and Long Trail News? – (Y)
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)
We will start at Underhill SP HQ and explore an area to the northeast, including Sunset Knob. May be difficult going through spruce.

May
Outing Date:
Outing Title: Snake Mountain
Outing Type: hike
Outing Leader(s):
Distance Round Trip: 3.6milesTotal Elevation Gain: 900ftDifficulty Rating easyTrip Pace : LeisurelyCall in advance? – (Y)Group Size Limit – noneAdvance Registration Date – noneOK to publish in newspapers (Y) and Long Trail News? – (Y)Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)Easy hike up Snake Mountain. Come along to get the hiking season started. Comfortable and family-friendly trail consisting of old logging road. Great views of lake and Adirondacks from the summit, where one can still find signs of the hotel once located there.

May
Apple Blossom Ride in the Champlain Islands
I seldom time this right, so it may turn out to be the Apple Bud Ride. We’ll maintain a relaxed pace as we pedal from South to North Hero and back with lunch at Hero’s Welcome. Distance: 40 mi. Moderate with few hills. Group limit: 10.

May
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‚ lot at 8am or Richmond Park & Ride (Exit 11) at 8:30am. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4-10 miles, 2000 foot elevation gain.

May
Bamforth Ridge East Slope
Bushwhack Heading north on I89 thru Waterbury, while admiring Camels Hump, have you ever notice the crags in the midground? From Duxbury Road we will gradually ascend southwest, a ridge for two miles or so, through a mature maple forest. The last quarter mile onto Bamforth Ridge is steep and slippery, but it leads to awesome views of the Winooski Valley, Worcester Range and Camels Hump. Moderate to difficult terrain, moderate pace, 6 miles roundtrip, 1500 foot elevation gain.

May
Bolton-Richmond Bike Ride
This will be a 25-mile bike ride beginning in Jonesville and passing through Bolton and Richmond. Bring a helmet, lunch and water. Contact leader to sign up.

May
Honey Hollow Botany Walk
We will walk the Honey Hollow trail and road, identifying ferns and wildflowers, and trees if anyone knows them. 4 hours, moderate pace but lots of stops. Group limit 15. Contact

May
Worcester Range / Skyline Trail
We will climb the Middlesex Trail to the summit of Mt. Hunger, then follow the Skyline Trail to Mt. Worcester, returning on the Worcester Mt. Trail. Difficult, ~11 miles, ~3000 foot elevation gain, moderate to strong pace. Group limit 10. Contact

May
Walk Among the Sounds of Spring
A nature walk with a focus on sounds ‚ We will hear (and watch) birds as they coo to their mates, yell about territory and squabble with nest mates. Leisurely walk with many stops, mostly flat ground. Group limit 8.

May
Outing Title: Green River Reservoir
Outing Type – (hike, snowshoe, ski, boating, etc): paddling
Outing Leader(s):
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: ~ 10 miles
Total Elevation Gain: N/A (0 feet)
Group Size Limit – (if there is one): 8
Advance Registration Date – (if there is one)
OK to publish in newspapers (Y/N) and Long Trail News? – (Y/N): Y and Y
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words):
We will paddle around the islands and shores of the Green River Reservoir, looking out for loons, kingfishers, beaver dams, and more.

June
Outing Date:
Outing Title: Worcester Range / Skyline Trail
Outing Type – (hike, snowshoe, ski, boating, etc): hike
Outing Leader(s):
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: ~ 11 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~ 3000 feet
Difficulty Rating – Difficult
Trip Pace – Moderate
Call in advance? – (Y/N): Y
Group Size Limit – (if there is one):
Advance Registration Date – (if there is one): Friday, June 15, 2012
OK to publish in newspapers (Y/N) and Long Trail News? – (Y/N): Y and Y
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words):
We will climb the Middlesex Trail to the summit of Mt. Hunger, then follow the Skyline Trail to Mt. Worcester, returning on the Worcester Mt. Trail.

June
Hike to Mt Ethan Allen via Forest City trail then Long trail. Elevation gain 1900 ft, 5 miles round trip moderate pace. Contact

June
Hike to Forehead via Frost, Maple Ridge, and Long Trail. We will come down Long Trail to Butler lodge then down the Butler Lodge Trail. 5.5 miles difficult trail. Contact

June
Bike Ride We will meet at my house in Jonesville. It is a moderate ride of approx. 21 miles. The ride is on paved roads which include Duxbury Rd., Rte, 2, and Cochran Rd. If interested and to get directions call.

June
Honey Hollow Botany Walk – We will try to identify all the June wildflowers, ferns, and fungi, while moving along at a decent pace. (We will identify the flora but not ‘stop to smell them’ too much.) Moderate hike, moderate pace, 5 miles, 1000′ elevation gain. Group limit 15. Contact leader by June

June
Date:
Title: Taylor Lodge via Lake Mansfield Trail: kid and dog friendly
Type: Hiking
Leader:
Phone:
Email:
Distance: 3.0 miles
Elevation: 750 foot
Difficulty: Easy with Easy Pace
Please RSVP By:
Group Size: Limit 3 dogs
Ok to Publish
Outings Description
A family friendly easy hike up to Taylor Lodge where we will enjoy a snack break. We will look for beavers at the beaver pond, identify wildflowers, listen for frogs, and try to spy some brightly colored newt.

June
Sterling Pond. We will hike up from Route 108 in Smugglers Notchto Sterling Pond and have lunch at a scenic overlook facing Mt. Mansfield. Moderatehike at a moderate pace. Distance is 4 miles round trip; 1,000′ elevation gain. Callleader by Thursday, June 14 for information and to sign up.Outing Date:

June
OK to publish in newspapers (Y) and Long Trail News? – (Y)
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)
We will head up the Cooley Glen Trail to the Long Trail, then south through the Breadloaf Wilderness Area, before returning on the Emily Proctor Trail.Sunday, May 20 – Mad River Glen. The Long Trail and its side trails need to dry outthrough Memorial Day weekend, so we will hike up the easy ski trails of Mad River Glen.Lunch at Starks Nest patrol hut at the top of the single chair. Distance approximately5 miles, elevation gain approximately 2,000′. Moderate hike at a moderate pace.
Call leader by Friday, May 18 for information and to sign up.

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