Trip Ideas for Winter

Trip Ideas: Winter January, February, March
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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January
Taylor Lodge
About 7.5 miles (including road portion which probably won’t be plowed)
About 4.5 hrs.
This hike is popular at any time of the year and is very good for snowshoes. We take the Nebraska Notch Trail and pass (or cross) a beaver pond before reaching the Long Trail. This takes us to Taylor Lodge, a good place for lunch.

The following trips are from the GMC Winter Trails Festival in February 2016, and would make great winter section trips:

Camel’s Hump 
Distance: 6.8 miles   Time: 6 hours   Elevation Gain: 2600’ Difficulty: Hard/Strenuous
This trip will take hikers up to the picturesque summit of Camel’s Hump via the Monroe Trail. The trail begins at a moderate incline for the first 1.5 miles before beginning to ascend more steeply up to the hut clearing. The last 0.3 miles to the summit are quite rocky and require some hand-over-hand scrambling. Traction, such as microspikes, are a must for this trip as well as preparation and gear to be out for an extended period of time as well as time spent above treeline. Snowshoes also highly recommended.

Mt. Hunger
Distance: 4 miles   Time: 5 hours  Elevation Gain: 2300’ Difficulty: Hard/Strenuous
This trip will afford participants beautiful views to the east and west at the summit of Mt. Hunger in the Worcester Range. This trail has a gentle to moderate beginning as it winds through the hardwoods of the CC Putnam State Forest. About 1 mile up hikers will come to a cascade, after which the trail begins to ascend more steeply. About 0.4 miles before the summit the trail will begin the final steep pitch to the summit, requiring microspikes and some hand-over-hand scrambling. Come prepared to be out for an extended period as well as time above treeline. Snowshoes highly recommended.

Stimson Mountain
Distance: 4 miles  Time: 4 hours  Elevation Gain: 1500’   Difficulty: Moderate
This hike will take participants up the newest section of the Long Trail to just below the wooded summit of Stimson Mountain. The trail begins with a steady uphill and crosses just under the CRAG Vermont climbing area. The trail continues to ascend up an old woods road before hitting some steep switchbacks. The hike will culminate at the height of land next to a giant boulder, with beautiful views through the trees back towards the south. Microspikes suggested, snowshoes highly recommended, and come prepared to be out for an extended period of time.

Duxbury Window
Distance: 3 miles   Time: 3 hours  Elevation Gain: 1300’  Difficulty: Moderate
This hike begins on the south side of the Winooski River and follows Gleason Brook for a distance at a gentle incline. The trail then turns away from the brook into an open hardwood forest before making the final relatively steep pitch up to the Window, which affords great views of the Bolton Range and the river to the north. Microspikes suggested, snowshoes highly recommended, and come prepared to be out for several hours.

Little River State Park
Distance: 3 miles  Time: 2-3 hours Elevation Gain: 1000’ Difficulty: Moderate
This trip will take hikers back through time in Little River State Park on the History Loop. Hikers will learn about local history, building of the dam, and the natural progression of this working forest. The group will start just above the dam and follow the unpaved roads of the park before cutting off into the woods. After a moderate incline the trail will level off at the height of land, offering beautiful views of the reservoir through the trees. The hike will loop back, past interpretive signs, and back down to the entrance of the park. Snowshoes highly recommend, come prepared to be out for 2-3 hours.

Perry Hill, CC Putnam State Forest
Distance: 2.75 miles Time: 90 minutes Elevation: 100′ Difficulty: Moderate-Easy

Camel’s Hump View Trail
Distance: 0.8 miles Time: 90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
This trip is an easy, 0.8 mile loop that is perfect for children and beginner hikers.  The trail is wide and gentle and offers several benches along the way. Enjoy fantastic views of Camel’s Hump. The Hike is an estimated 90 minutes in length. Bring snacks, water, and warm winter clothing.

February
Snake Mountain
3.6 miles
3 hrs.
Elevation Gain 900 feet
This small mountain has an interesting history. Remains can still be seen of a hotel and a dance pavilion. There was also a viewing tower. A circular route goes up past Red Rocks Pond to the summit and back down by an old carriage road. At the summit is a large concrete foundation with an excellent view of the Champlain Valley. (If snow conditions are right we may have snowman building for the young and young of heart.)

February
Outing Date
Outing Title LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area
Outing Type ‚ Snowshoe
Outing Leader(s)
Leader phone
Leader Email
Distance Round Trip 4 to 6 Mi.
Total Elevation Gain none
Difficulty Rating ‚ Easy
Trip Pace Leisurely
Call in advance? ‚ (Y/N)
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines ‚
Snowshoe the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural area, the Shelburne Bay Clarke Trail and perhaps some of the Ti-Haul trail, all in Shelburne. Total distance to be determined by the group depending on the trails we take but will be between four and six miles, mostly flat. This is a chance to get familiar with the walks around Shelburne Bay. Meet at the public boat launch, Shelburne Bay, on Bay Road at 9:00 AM on . On Google Maps, search for: “1135 Bay Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482.” The boat launch is 1/2 mile East of the entrance to Shelburne farms (at Harbor Road and Bay Road.)

January
Davis Neighborhood-Laraway Mountain Loop
Snowshoe
10 mile Loop
1500 foot Elevation Gain
Moderate-Difficult Terrain
Moderate Pace
Call in advance? ‚ N
Email in advance? – Y
No Limit
January 5
OK to publish in newspapers (Y) and Long Trail News? – (Y)
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words)
We will park on Coddling Hollow Road, and continue on it to the Davis Neighborhood Trail, and onto Corliss Camp. We will then loop around on the Long Trail, crossing Laraway Mountain and passing spectacular icicles

February
Wampahoofus-Rock Garden Trails Loop
Snowshoe
4.2 mile Loop
2100 foot Elevation Gain
Difficult Terrain
Moderate Pace
Call in advance? ‚ N
Email in advance? – Y
No Limit
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 Frost and Maple Ridge Trails to the Wampahoofus Trail and Butler Lodge. We will return on the Rock Garden Trail, and down the way we came up.

February
Outing Date:
Outing Title: Taylor Lodge
Outing Type – snowshoe
Outing Leader(s):
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: 4.4 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Difficulty Rating – Easy
Trip Pace – Moderate
Call in advance? – (Y/N): Y
Group Size Limit – (if there is one): 10
Advance Registration Date – (if there is one):
OK to publish in newspapers (Y/N) and Long Trail News? – (Y/N):
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines – (perhaps 10-20 words):
From the Stevensville trailhead we will follow Nebraska Notch Trail and the Long Trail to reach Taylor Lodge, and return.

March
Mt. Hunger and the Reservoir
Snowshoe up this smooth white-carpeted rocky trail like it was just an easy stroll. Return via a visit to the Reservoir. Moderate hike, moderate pace, 4.4 miles, 2500 elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader for details.

March
Cross Country Ski in Burlington Intervale: Kid Friendly
Immaculately maintained trails right here in Burlington! Easy, flat terrain, approx. 3 miles. Contact leader by

March
Butler Lodge
From the Stevensville trailhead, we will snowshoe up Butler Lodge Trail to Butler Lodge. If we’re ambitious, we may continue up the Wampahoofus Trail to the Forehead of Mt. Mansfield. Moderate hike, moderate to strong pace, 3.6 miles, 1500 foot elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by

Outing Date: March
Outing Title: Mt. Abraham Via Battell Trail
Outing Type: Hike or Snowshoe
Outing Leader(s):
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: Approx. 6 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 2500 vertical feet
Difficulty Rating: Difficult
Trip Pace – Moderate
Call in advance? – Y
Group Size Limit ‚ no limit
Advance Registration Date – By March 1
OK to publish in newspapers (Y/N) and Long Trail News? – Y
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines ‚ Depending on the weather conditions, we will hike or snowshoe to the top of Mt. Abraham via the Battell Trail. The views from the top in winter can be really lovely. If it is icy, crampons or microspikes and poles may be necessary.

March
Hike: Stowe Pinnacle
2.8 miles.Moderate hike.Group limit 8 participants.This is a relatively short but steep hike with a bald open summit which, on a clear day, offers views of the Green Mountains and thw Worcester Ranges.

March
Adirondack Ski and Snowshoe Week-end – Weizel Cabin, near Lake Placid, New York. If you are one of the lucky ones to sign up early for this annual GMC/Burlington Ski Club trip, you know this is one bargain not to be missed. Come play in the snow with some of your newest or oldest best friends, eat and drink and relax to your heart’s content. Call early for details and to get on the list.

March
Outing Date:
Outing Title: Butler Lodge
Outing Type – (hike, snowshoe, ski, boating, etc): snowshoe
Outing Leader(s):
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: 3.6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
Difficulty Rating – Moderate
Trip Pace –
Call in advance? – (Y/N): Y
Group Size Limit – (if there is one): 10
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):
From the Stevensville trailhead we will follow Butler Lodge Trail to Butler Lodge, and if we‚are ambitious, we may continue up the Wampahoofus Trail to the Forehead of Mt. Mansfield.

March
Outing Date:
Outing Title: Butler Lodge, Wampahoofus, Maple Ridge Loop
Outing Type: Hike
Outing Leader:
Leader phone:
Leader Email:
Distance Round Trip: 5.1 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Trip Pace: Moderate
Call in advance: Yes
Group Size Limit: No Limit
Advance Registration Date:
OK to publish in newspapers and Long Trail News: Yes
Describe Outing for Ridge Lines:
We will snowshoe from the Stevensville trail head near Underhill, VT, to Butler Lodge on the south side of Mt. Mansfield. From Butler Lodge we will climb the Maple ridge via the Wampahoofus trail and then descend via the Maple Ridge and Frost trails. This snowshoe trip features an interesting, little-used trail on Mt. Mansfield and outstanding views from the Maple ridge.

March
Hedgehog Brook Trail to Burnt Rock Mountain
Snowshoe
5.2 miles Roundtrip
2100 foot Elevation Gain
Moderate Terrain
Moderate Pace
Call in advance? ‚ N
Email in advance? – Y
No Limit
March 8
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 Hedgehog Brook Trail to Burnt Rock Mountain, and its expansive views. This is a 4-5 hour trip. The backup plan is Friday night, or at the very least Saturday.

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