Outings for September, 2018

9/1 (Sat) Smugglers Notch to Rt 15
From the top of Smuggler’s Notch we’ll climb to Sterling Pond, then follow the Long Trail over Madonna and Morse Mountains, continue to Whiteface Mountain and on to the Long Trail crossing at Rt 15. Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 12.4 miles. ~2600′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

9/8 (Sat) Mansfield Forehead via Halfway House
From Underhill State Park we’ll take Halfway House, Canyon, and Lakeview trails to the Mansfield Forehead, and return via Maple Ridge. Participants should be comfortable with some tight squeezes that might involve removing packs to fit through some narrow slots. Difficult hike. 8 miles. 2200′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Mark McLane, mmclane44@gmail.com or 857-5026.

9/9 (Sun) Bolton Lodge ‘lawn mowing’! 
The Burlington Section will “mow” the “lawn” in front of Bolton Lodge on Sunday morning, September 9th at 9:30 am. Can you help? The GMC wants to keep the area in front of the lodge looking more like a meadow than an overgrown wild-land. We will use clippers, scythes and hand saws which we will provide – but you are welcome to bring your own. We are looking at about 2 hours of cutting. That’s a guess – you can leave whenever you want! Volunteers meet at 9:00 at Richmond Park and Ride or 9:30 at the Bolton Valley Access Road pull off (on the left) where we will walk via the Catamount Trail about 2/3 of a mile up to the lodge. This is an easy walk. Bring gloves, long pants and something to drink. Please let me know if you are coming: ted@ted-albers.net

9/9 (Sun) Raven Ridge
An easy loop hike in the Raven Ridge Natural Area in Monkton. Great views from the ridge, possible wildlife, and caves with a unique and fascinating geology. Easy hike. 2 miles. 400′ elevation gain. Beth Ruskai, mbruskai@gmail.com.

9/15 (Sat) Shelburne Bay Paddle
(was ‘Dead Creek Wildlife Mgmt area’ but water is too low!)
We will put in at the boat launch at Shelburne Bay. Expect to be on the water about two to three hours, max. Good for canoes or kayaks. Easy paddle. Group limit 8. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net

9/22 (Sat) Bird Monitoring in Delta Park
A bird monitoring walk for Delta Park, the birding hotspot for Chittenden County. We will track what species are present and submit the data to eBird.org for citizen science. We’ll met at 8:30 at the Delta Park parking area at the end of Windemere Way in Colchester (past the fishing access) , and should be done around 10. Easy hike / walk. Leisurely pace. 1 miles. Julianna Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or (978) 994-0482.

9/23 (Sun) Camels Hump via Monroe Trail
This outing is a great workout with a great reward – more so if the weather is in our favor, which I promise it will be. The Monroe Trail starts at the end of North Duxbury’s Crouching Lion parking lot, up Camel’s Hump Road which is off of River Road, itself following the Winooski River just to its south. Plan on 2,583 elevation gain over about 3 miles one-way with a few steep parts. We will skirt the B-27 crash site and stop for a look if anyone is interested. Allow about fours round trip, maybe a little more as I am not a sprinter! Difficult hike. Group limit 8. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

9/30 (Sun) Mt Abe to Mt Ellen
Mount Abraham and and Mount Ellen Point to Point. We’ll drop cars at Jerusalem trailhead and drive down to Battell trailhead in Lincoln. We’ll hike the Battell trail to the Long Trail, and then the LT north over Abe, Lincoln, Nancy Hanks Peak and Ellen, and then the Jerusalem trail back down to the cars. Difficult hike. Moderate to fast pace. 11 miles. 1800′ elevation gain. Dana Bolton, boltondj@comcast.net.

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