Trip Ideas for Summer

Trip Ideas for Summer: July, August, September
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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July
Bamforth Ridge
Difficult plus
12.5 miles,
about 4400′ total elevation.
Strong pace, long day.
We will get a fairly early start, and climb from the Bamforth Trailhead south on the LT to the summit of Camels Hump, and return.

July
Brandon Gap to Middlebury Gap
Distance: 9.9 mi.
Moderate to Difficult.
We will hike the Long Trail through the “green tunnel” of the Breadloaf Wilderness. To include a foot soaking in Lake Pleiad.

July
Montclair Glen, Beaver Ponds, and Allis Trail
Distance: 5.5 miles
Moderate difficulty,
This hike features the many cascades of Brush Brook and two very different views of Camel’s Hump, a spectacular one from the beaver ponds to the east of the LT and one through trees from the Allis Trail.

July
Monroe Skyline
Join in this 12.3 mile ridgewalk along the famed “Monroe Skyline”. With a little luck we should be treated to expansive views in all directions as we proceed North on the Long Trail beginning @ Lincoln Gap. Once the height of land is achieved on Mt. Abraham, we’ll enjoy an undulating walk over several 4000 footers.
Pace will be moderate with snacks and beverages provided @ App Gap, courtesy of your trip leader. Plan on a full day for this one.

July
Title: Sterling Pond
Type: Hike
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation: 780 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size Limit 3 dogs
Any kid will love to hike this short but steep hike to the pond. We can break for lunch along the pond and enjoy views from Smugglers Notch. Dogs love this hike too! So bring plenty of water for your pooch and kiddos.

July
Mt. Abraham:
Mt. Abe is one of the nicest hikes one can do and still get above 4,000′ and with almost 360 degree views.
Moderate hike
2,500′ elevation gain
5.8 mi. round trip via the Battel Trail.

July
Vermont’s Toughest Ten Miles – Over and Around Mount Mansfield Hike
10.2 miles
3600 foot
Difficult
Moderate 1.25 mph average
We will ascend the steep Hell Brook Trail, to cross the Adam‚ Apple and Chin, before dropping a bit to circle Mount Mansfield on Vermont‚ most difficult, though fun, trails. Including the Cliff, Lakeview, Canyon etal, Subway and Profanity Trails.

July
Rock Garden on Mt. Mansfield
We will go up the Frost Trail to Maple Ridge with lots of views to the west. Then over Rock Garden with its fascinating rock formations, to Butler Lodge for lunch. Down Butler Lodge Trail.
Moderate hike,
1,500′ elevation gain,
4.3 mi.
Moderate pace

July
Outing Title: Laraway Loop
Outing Type – hike
Distance Round Trip: ~8 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~1600 feet
Difficulty Rating – Moderate
Moderate Pace
From Davis Neigborhood we will head over to Codding Hollow, follow the Long Trail up over Laraway Mt., and return via Davis Neighborhood Trail.

July
Outing Title: Pyramid & Gothics, Adirondacks
Outing Type – hike
Distance Round Trip: ~ 12.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~ 3100 feet
Difficulty Rating – Difficult
Moderate Pace
From the Ausable Club we will take have an easy walk to Lower Ausable Lake, then climb Pyramid and continue to Gothics, one of the Adirondack 46 high peaks.

August
Burrows Trail on Camels Hump
Burrows is the shortest route to the summit with spectacular views all around.
Moderate hike
2,500′ elevation gain,
4.8 mi. round trip.
Moderate pace.

August
Bamforth Ridge to Camels Hump Hike
12.4 miles
3700 foot
Moderate pace, 1.5 mph average
We will head south on the Bamforth Ridge section of the Long Trail to Camels Hump, and return. The trail climbs 3700 feet, making it Vermont‚ highest ascent, and crosses numerous open ledgy ridges.

August
Camels Hump Beaver Pond
4 miles round trip
1000 ft. elevation gain.
We will go up the Forest City trail Long Trail Dean Trail to Beaver pond.

August
Title: Mobbs Farm, Jericho Center
Type: Hike
Distance: Approximately 3 miles
Elevation: rolling hills
Difficulty: easy with easy pace
Group Size: Limit 3 dogs
Bring your kids and dogs and lets walk through Mobbs to see early signs of spring. Bring lunch to enjoy at the riverside. Located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center.

August
Blueberry Cobbles
Distance: 3.8 miles
Moderate difficulty,
slow pace
This short Adirondack hike leads to open ledges with great views of the Dix range and, if we’re lucky, plentiful blueberries (according to the Adirondack guidebook “enough to make blueberry cobbler for an army”). Bring pails for blueberry picking. For people who want to hike farther and spend less time picking blueberries, the trail continues on to Mason Mountain – with more blueberries.

August
Jay Range in the Adirondacks
Outing Type: Hike
Distance Round Trip: Approx. 6 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: Estimate of 2000 vertical feet
Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult
Trip Pace – Moderate
We will take the Charlotte ferry over to NY State and drive to the trailhead in Wilmington. The trail, which is really a well-used herd path, climbs through the woods for about 1.5 miles until it reaches an open ridge. The trail continues on the ridge for another 1.5 miles, although we might stop a bit short of that if the group prefers. On top of the ridge there are terrific 360 degree views. We will return the same way we went up.

September
Honey Hollow Botany Walk
5 miles, about 1000′ of climbing, at a moderate pace.
Easy-moderate hike.
We will walk the loop from the Honey Hollow Trailhead, up the HH trail and down the HH road. We will attempt to identify the wildflowers, ferns, trees, mushrooms, but will move along at a decent pace.

September
Outing Title: Mt. Abraham via Battell Trail
Outing Type: Hike
Distance Round Trip: Approx. 6 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 2500 vertical feet
Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Pace – Moderate
We will hike to the top of Mt. Abraham via the Battell Trail. We will stop at the Battell Shelter for a snack and then continue to the top for lunch. After eating lunch and enjoying the great 360 degree views on the top, we will return the same way.

September
Cantilever Rock and cook-out
Distance: 5.4 milles
Moderate difficulty, slow pace
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. The hike will be followed by a cookout at Undrhill State Park. Everyone should bring something for themselves to cook and something to share with the group. There is a fee to hike in the park at this time of year.

September
Mt. Ellen via the Jerusalem Trail
We will go up the Jerusalem Trail to the Long Trail, 1,800′ elevation gain, 2.4 mi., then south on the Long Trail for another 1.8 mi. and 800′ elevation gain to the summit of Mt. Ellen.
Moderate hike, moderate pace

September
Hedgehog Brook to Burnt Rock Mt. (Fayston)
We will goup the Hedgehog Brook Trail for 2.0 mi. and 1,500′ elevation gain to the LongTrail. Then we will go north on the Long Trail for another 0.6 mi. and 500′ elevation gain to Burnt Rock Mt.
Moderate hike,
moderate pace.
Beautiful views almost all around.

September
Leader:
Jay Pass to Rt 105.
Distance: 9.3 miles
Moderate pace.
Enjoy beautiful fall colors and views of the Vermont and Quebec country side as we hike the northern part of the Long Trail over the summit of Jay Peak.

September
Title: Catching glimpses of Fall from Stowe Pinnacle
Type: Hike
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation: 1520 foot
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: Limit 3 Dogs
This kid and dog friendly hike is relatively short but steep, leading to a bald open summit which will provide spectacular views and signs of fall over the Green Mountains and Worcester Range

September
Jay to Journey’s End
Hike
14 miles
3600 foot
Moderate to Difficult
Moderate to Fast pace 2.0 mph average
We will cross Jay Peak, shortly after starting from Route 242. From there we will continue north to Journey’s End, and the trail down. Will require a car drop and pooling.

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