Outings for October 2018

10/6 (Sat) Mt Grant
Hike from Appalachian Gap south on the Long Trail to Mt. Grant and back. Moderate hike. Moderate pace. 8 miles. 1200′ elevation gain. Jonathan Breen, jonathan.h.breen@gmail.com or 318-8104.

10/7 (Sun) Shelburne Falls walk
We will park and meet at the Shelburne supermarket parking lot off of Falls Road and walk this section of the LaPlatte Nature Park Trail. This can be a good spot for birding. Why this walk? Because I have never done it, and it should be a pretty outing. The halfway point of this loop is Shelburne falls. Time permitting (its up to the group) we can continue our walk on another section of the LaPlatte, near its mouth into Lake Champlain, following the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area trail along the river. Shelburne Falls has played a major role in the history of Shelburne. Ira Allen built a saw mill and grist mill around 1786 and also built the first log bridge over the LaPlatte River. The mills served the Town until the early 1920’s. The Flood of 1927 swept away the grist mill, dams, and bridge into the LaPlatte River. (Shelburne Parks & Recreation). Easy walk. 3 miles. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

10/13 (Sat) Birding at Woodside Natural Area
A bird monitoring walk at Woodside Natural Area, We will track what species are present and submit the data to eBird.org for citizen science. We will meet at 8:30 at the end of Woodside Drive in Colchester, VT. Easy hike. 1 miles. Julianna Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or (978) 994-0482.

10/13 (Sat) Tillotson & Belvidere
We’ll loop up the Frank Post Trail to Tillotson Camp and on to Tillotson Peak, then go back south on the LT to Belvidere Mountain, and return on the Forester’s Trail. Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 8.5 miles. 2400′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

10/14 (Sun) Mt Hunger
We’ll hike up Mt. Hunger from the Waterbury Center side of the mountain. This trail goes up pretty steadily with a few scrambles near the top. Estimated hiking time is 2 1/4 hours up and 1 1/4 hours down. Moderate hike. Moderate pace. 4.4 miles. 2290′ elevation gain. Rich Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 878-6828.

10/20 (Sat) Mt Grant via Cooley Glen Trail & LT
An out and back hike up the Cooley Glen trail and then north on the LT up Mt. Grant and back again. Moderate to difficult hike. 8 miles. 2200′ elevation gain. Dana Bolton, boltondj@comcast.net. (Changed from planned loop hike due to extensive blowdowns and muddy trails.)

10/21 (Sun) Camels Hump
From the Couching Lion Farm site in Duxbury we’ll climb Camels Hump via the Monroe Trail and return. Difficult hike. 6.8 miles. 2700′ elevation gain. Kim Farone, kfarone@yahoo.com.

10/27 (Sat) Adirondack Surprise
Count on a 14-15 hour day from A to B with eats and libations planned post-hike with a fireplace to boot! Experienced fast-paced hikers only, please. I’ll think up a fun mountain as date draws near or feel free to share with me what you may want to summit! Difficult hike. Strong pace. 10-12 miles. Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com.

10/28 (Sun) Rattlesnake Mt, NY
We’ll head over to New York and climb Rattlesnake Mountain, overlooking Willsboro Bay of Lake Champlain. Easy hike. 3.2 miles. 700′ elevation gain. Beth Ruskai, mbruskai@gmail.com.

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