Trip Reports May – August 2013 (updated 1/19/14)

8/24/13 – Hike up Mt. Abe via the Long Trail
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We all met at the Hinesburg Park and Ride at 9:00 a.m., carpooled from there to the top of Lincoln Gap and got on the trail about 10:00 a.m. Since it was a gorgeous summer day and none of us were in a rush, we had a snack and stretching stop at Battell Shelter on the way up , had a leisurely lunch at the top and made it back to our cars by 2:30 p.m. The hike went well, and we couldn’t have asked for a more lovely day.
Trip Leader: Sheri Larsen (and Photographer); Participants: Debbie Page, Fred Royce, Valu Ugro, Julie Soquet, Rosemarie Conn, Karen Furland, Mary Keenan, Bruce Bassett
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8/18/13 Montclair Glen, beaver ponds, and Allis Trail
We had perfect weather. Five people enjoyed this leisurely hike with many stops along the way, including lunch at the beaver pond and a look at Montclair Glen shelter. We had a great view of Camel’s Hump from the David Morse point on the Allis Trail. We liked walking on the soft, morry Allis Trail after the rocky Forest City Trail. We made a long day of a short hike but had fun doing it.
Participants: Jean Anderson, Carol Hignite, Fred Royce, Peter Valesquez, and Dot Myer

8/10/2013 Mansfield: Forehead Zig-Zag
My whole purpose for this trip was to go up the Forehead Bypass, and down the Forehead, which I had previously only gone down and up, respectively. We headed on up the Frost and Maple Ridge Trails to the Forehead. Turning south on the LT we eased our way down the ladders and ledge to the Bypass. We followed the Bypass north, which was as slabby as remembered, as well as very wet and slippery. Hitting the LT, we again turned south, and down the Wompahoofus to Butler Lodge. From here, a quick descent to our start.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith Attendees: Al and Jerry

7/28/13 – Mad River hike.
Attendees Maggie King, Lisa Blmhagen, Katy Wrigley and Lee Wrigley. All enjoyed a beautiful day great views of Mad River, Lunch at the Theron Dean Shelter. Photo taken by Lisa. Lee

7/28/13 – Hike up Mt. Hunger
With Cathy Tilley, Phyllis Rubenstein, Margaret Benn; Trip Leader: Sheri Larsen
Summary: The outing was scheduled originally as a hike up Mt. Hunger and White Rocks from the Middlesex trailhead. The weather forecast was for chance of showers and thunderstorms. Since the trail from Middlesex is quite exposed on the way up to Mt. Hunger and slippery when wet, I changed our outing to a hike up Mt. Hunger from the Waterbury trailhead with an option for an out and back hike to White Rocks.
When we started out it was quite cloudy and foggy and people coming down from the top said there were no views. However, by the time we were approaching the top, the fog had lifted some and we had views in a view directions. And, while we were having lunch, the sun even came out for a bit. But, when we started down, it clouded up again and looked like it might rain. Fortunately, it did not rain, and a good time was had by all.DSC01071zb

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7/13/2013 Mansfield: Vermont’s Toughest Nine Miles
Dave turned out to be the only one tough enough for this hike of nine miles. We met at the picnic area where the LT crosses Smugglers Notch and headed up the road to the Hell Brook trail head. Scrambling up we went, rock by rock, root by root. Hitting the gap we climbed up to the Chin. Continuing south we were soon really scrambling, over, under, through and around the endless crevices and boulders of the Subway, Canyons and Lakeview Trails. The plan was to then drop down on the east side to the Cliff Trail, but I apparently wasn’t tough enough. We turned north on the LT to the Profanity Trail. We whizzed back down to the cars.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith
Attendees: Dave Hathaway

June 23, 2013: Sawteeth, Pyramid, & Gothics
We met at the outlet mall in South Burlington at 7:30 AM and took David’s car across the Lake Champlain Bridge to the parking area off Rt 73 at St. Huberts. We got on the trail about 9 AM. The weather was partly overcast with swiftly moving clouds and patches of sun. We made quick time along the road walk to Lower Ausable Lake, then took the bridge across the Ausable River just below the dam and headed up the Alfred Weld trail (trail 35 in the ADK High Peaks Guide Book map) to the col between Sawteeth and Pyramid. From there the trail got much steeper, and we reached the summit of Sawteeth around noon, where we took a break, had a snack, and took some pictures (actually Wolfgang took all the pictures because David’s camera spent the day on the roof of his car). We then headed back down to the col and headed up to Pyramid, reaching its summit around 1:30. Around this time we started getting the first of several bands of brief passing showers. From there we took the short down and up over to Gothics. By this time we started hearing some distant rumbles of thunder to accompany the intermittent rain showers, so we didn’t linger at the top of Gothics, but hurried along the ADK Range Trail (ADK map 4) toward the Gothics / Armstrong col to get down below the high ridge. From the col we continued down the Beaver Meadow Trail (ADK map 34). The intermittent showers turned into a heavy downpour for about 15 minutes, but our timing was perfect, as it occurred just as we reached a large overhanging rock which is the only rain shelter on the entire hike. We finished our lunch while waiting out the rain, and then continued down as the sun came out. At Beaver Meadow Falls we rinsed out some sweaty clothes and cooled off a bit before continuing along the West River Trail (ADK map 28), across the river on the Canyon Bridge, and out on the road. We got back to the car about 6 PM, and David’s camera was there waiting, a little wet, but still working.
Trip leader: David Hathaway
Participants: Wolfgang Hokenmaier, Scott Springer

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June 25 2013 Montclair Glen Lodge
All enjoyed a hike up to Montclair Glen Lodge then onward to Mt.Ethan Allen.
Trip Leader Lee Wrigley
Attendees, Katy Wrigley, Rob Selvaggi, Lee Carvalho, Robin Moore, Barb Johnson, Ormond Mongeon, Denise Mongeon and Clyde Mongeon.
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6/8/2013 Stowe Pinnacle, Hogback and Skyline Trails to Hunger Mountain
We met up at Hunger Mountain trailhead on the Waterbury side, and dropped a car off. Continuing to the Stowe Pinnacle trail head, we were soon headed upward. After stopping on the Pinnacle awhile we backtracked to the Hogback Trail. My whole purpose for this hike was to take this trail, which I hadn’t done before. The trail wasn’t as steep as I expected, and seemed to wind around forever before finally hitting the Skyline Trail. We continued south to Hunger Mountain and lunch. We headed down, regrouped and dispersed.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith
Attendees: Jackie, Robin, Jeanne and Phyllis

May 29, 2013 Sounds of Spring
An odd thing happened with the May 29 Sounds of Spring nature walk: it grew into three walks, none of which took place on May 29.(That turned out to be lucky since 5/29 was cold, windy and rainy.)
Several people called early in May to say they wanted to come along but couldn’t make it on the designated day. So on 5/12 and 5/14, leader Maeve Kim walked at Woodside Natural Area in Essex Junction, the first time with five participants and the second time with two more. On 6/4, a group of three walked the Ti-Haul Trail in Shelburne.
Many GMC hikers would be astonished at our pace. On one walk, it took three hours for a group of healthy adults to complete the mile-long loop at Woodside. That’s good birding! Fifty species of birds were seen and/or heard, with many long looks at birds as they went about their all-important spring tasks. Some highlights:
• Baltimore Oriole weaving grass into a partially-completed nest right over our heads, at Woodside
• Alder Flycatchers along the Ti-Haul Trail repeatedly saying “free BEER” – and the jogger who overheard us talking and stopped to look for the beer
• The resident pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks chasing away a Red-Tailed Hawk, with much screaming, wheeling in mid-air, and striking with extended talons
• Two male Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks engaged in a loud territorial dispute
Here’s the full list from the three walks:
Alder Flycatcher
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Redstart American Robin
Baltimore Oriole Black-capped Chickadee Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Blue-headed Vireo Brown-headed Cowbird Canada Goose
Cedar Waxwing Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Common Raven Common Yellowthroat
Double-crested Cormorant Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee European Starling
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Hairy Woodpecker Mallard
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal Osprey
Ovenbird
Pileated Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-shouldered Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Red-winged Blackbird Ring-billed Gull Rose-breasted Grosbeak Ruby-crowned Kinglet Savannah Sparrow Solitary Sandpiper
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Veery
Warbling Vireo White-breasted Nuthatch White-crowned Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Willow Flycatcher
Wood Duck
Yellow Warbler Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-throated Vireo
On all three walks, we got great views of American Redstarts. Like most warblers, redstarts are small and active birds. We were lucky to see two males right in the sun, singing over and over to announce ownership of their territory.

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May 19, 2013 – Honey Hollow Botany Walk – Richard Larsen, organizer
A group of 14 people showed up for the Honey Hollow Botany Walk. The trip was stated to focus on wildflowers and ferns and trees (if anyone knows tress), but for some reason a contingent thought that ‘birds’ fell into the category of ‘botany’, and would scurry off at times to search for the ‘scarlet-tailed ovenbird’, or something similar. But, they would return, drawn back by the allure of looking a the botanical specimen. (One thing about plants – they don’t fly away – everyone can look at a specimen, and take picutres, for as long as desired.) We went up to Honey Hollow Trail, following the Catamount Trail, until it intersected with the Honey Hollow Road, and completed the loop down the road and back to the cars. It was a five-mile walk that gained about 1000′, and we made the usual ‘botany walk’ time of 4 hours. We found more than 30 types of wildflowers, counting a few that were ‘going to seed’, about a dozen types of ferns, and half-dozen ‘fern relatives’. Participants – Mary Keenan, Paul Parris, Julie Soquet, Peggy Faucher, Marc Faucher, Bill Banke, Renata Banke, Judy Bond, Jean Cannon, Louanne Nielsen, Joan Mackenzie, Llyn Ellison, Sheri Larsen, Richard Larsen DSCN7260pse_1

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5/19/2013 Thanks to the 25(!) volunteers who helped Pam and John for trail-work day
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Bolton-Blowdown1Trail Work 2013: Phil deals with a giant blowdown across the Long Trail just south of Puffer Lodge. Click for larger image. DSCN7159_0946

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IMG_0563Trail participants: Pam Gillis, John Sharp (organizers, too) Forrest Aldrich, Fred Royce, George Long, John Pennucci, Lynn Ellison, Rick Manning, Phil Hazen, Ted Albers, Wendy Savoie

5/5/2013 Bamforth Ridge Bushwack
Five of us converged on the Richmond P&R and headed off to Duxbury Road, midway between the LT trailhead and Camels Hump Road. I decided on a route, that started out steep, to get us up on a ridge. We scrambled upward, across the tops and bases of cliffs, crawled through a tunnel or two, squeezed through crevices and around boulders. It was a bright sunny day, that saw our pants zipped off into shorts. Traversing the ridge we finally reached the door for the final ascent to the top. We enjoyed lunch and the views of the Winooski and Camels Hump, before heading back down.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith Attendees: David, Lynda and Jean

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