Outings for March, 2018

3/3 (Sat) LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area
Lets Snowshoe or micro-spikes up the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural area, the Shelburne Bay Clarke Trail and perhaps some of the Ti-Haul trail 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 and the LaPlatte. Birding can be rewarding so bring your spy-glasses if so inclined. Easy to moderate snowshoe. 4-6 miles. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

3/4 (Sun) Prospect Rock
This short or long hike offers a rewarding view. Picnic at overlook? Moderate snowshoe. 5 miles. 1500′ elevation gain. Adam Heckle, theheckle123@gmail.com.

3/18 (Sun) Mt Abe via Battell Trail
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 will be necessary. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 6-7 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. Group limit 12. Contact leader by 3/16. Sheri Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 878-6828.

3/24 (Sat) Camels Hump Loop
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 to strong pace. 6 miles. 2400′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

3/24 (Sat) Observing Spring through Birds
All levels and experience with birding welcome! Join us to observe the arrival of spring through the birds at Delta Park, one of Winooski Valley Park District’s birding HOTSPOTs. Meet at 8:30 at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Access on Windemere Way in Colchester. Easy walk, 3 miles, leisurely pace. Julianna Tyson, 978- 994-0482, americorps@wvpd.org.

3/25 (Sun) Mt Ethan Allen
Having read Willard Sterne Randall’s biography, I have yet to understand Ethan Allen’s legendary status in Vermont. Bring a bit of Ethan Allen trivia to share and we’ll all learn something (groan) Moderate to difficult snowshoe. 6-7 miles. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net or 660-2834.

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