Outings for April 2019

4/6 (Sat) Vergennes to Middlebury Bike Ride
I schedule this ride every spring because it reminds me why I love the Champlain Valley. We will ride hilly back roads from Vergennes to Middlebury where we will have lunch, returning on other hilly back roads. Moderate bicycle ride. Easy pace. 25 miles. Group limit 8. Contact leader by 4/5. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net or 660-2834.

4/7 (Sun) Bolton Mt from Underhill
From Stevensville we’ll head up to Nebraska Notch, then follow the Long Trail past Taylor Lodge, over Clark and Mayo, past Puffer Shelter, to Bolton Mt, and return. Difficult hike/snowshoe. Moderate pace. 12.2 miles. 2900′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

4/13 (Sat) Bird Monitoring Walk
Catch the first arrivals of Spring migration, 8:30am-10:30am at Woodside Natural Area! This is a great park for warblers, vireos and woodpeckers. Various species of duck are also likely in the wetland or along the river. Please join us for the fun and educational walk where we will submit data for citizen science through eBird. Winooski Valley Park District will have binoculars and field guides available to borrow. No experience necessary, open to all ages. Easy walk. 1 miles. Juli Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or 978-994-0482.

4/14 (Sun) Little River State Park History Hike
We will walk as much of the the four-mile round-trip Dalley Loop and Hedgehog Hill Loop trail as the group wants. Located at the Waterbury Reservoir in Waterbury, this easy wooded walk passes by what is left of the foundations of several abandoned farmhouses that dotted the area. I’ll be bringing my canoe for a paddle on the reservoir afterwards and you are welcome to bring yours or a kayak for a bit more of an outing, although that is not part of our actual outing. Pray for nice weather – if it rains we may cancel. We will be done with the walk by about 1:00 pm. Easy hike. 4 miles. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

4/20 (Sat) Map & compass
Learn how not to get lost in the woods. Easy workshop. Phil Hazen, philhazen@comcast.net or 355-7181.

4/21 (Sun) Little Otter Creek to Lake Champlain Paddle
This easy to moderate (depending on wind) 5 MI. (round trip) paddle in Ferrisburgh just south of Lewis Creek and takes us through the Little Otter Creek Management Area so we might see some wildlife so bring your binoculars We will put in at the ‘South Slang’ Fish & Wildlife access point off of Hawkins Road. Email for carpool and meet up info. Easy to moderate paddle. 5 miles. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

4/27 (Sat) Lamoille Valley Rail Trail bicycle
Starting in Johnson at the Old Mill Parking, we will head towards Lake Lamoile in Morrisville to the end of the rail trail and return. Moderate bicycle ride. Moderate pace. 16 miles. Kim Farone, kfarone@yahoo.com.

4/28 (Sun) Hoyt Lookout on Eagle Mt
We will hike to Hoyt Lookout, just below the summit of Eagle Mountain, which is the highest point on the Lake Champlain shoreline in Vermont. An easy hike of under 2 miles with good chance for spring wildflowers, especially on side loops. Easy hike. 2 miles. Beth Ruskai, mbruskai@gmail.com.

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