Trip reports October 2019 (last updated 10/15/2019)

Sunday Oct. 13 – Raven’s Ridge
This Nature Conservancy property stretches from Lewis Creek south along a ridge on the boundary of Charlotte and Hinesburg to a large wetland complex in Monkton. There is a accessible boardwalk path for the first 900 feet over a seasonal wetland leading through the woods to a overview. A loop path continues for about a mile up some rocks to west facing views on the left. On a clear day you can see forever! The return passes through mainly hardwood forest. The colors this weekend were wonderful and we were rain-free as a bonus. With Charlotte and Ted, Annette and Chuck, Norine, Patrick, Cathy, Mary.

10/12/2019 – Eagle Mt
We met at the Colchester park & ride to carpool for the short drive up to the Eagle Mountain trailhead.  It was a gorgeous sunny day with the leaves in full color. We began with a short hike to Hoyt Lookout which afforded a great view across the Lake Champlain Islands. We then climbed to the summit. The land around Eagle Mountain was given to the town of Milton by the Champlain Land Trust and the town maintains a network of trails in the area. We spent a pleasant hour trying to explore all the trails. With a small, congenial group, we had a very pleasant morning. Participants: Karen Baron, Ginger Cooper, Greg Bostock, Dana Baron (leader)

10/6/2019 – Mt Hunger & White Rock
After waking up to the first frost of the season, we met at 8:30 at the Richmond Park & Ride  and took one car to the Waterbury trailhead, where we snagged one of the last parking spots and started up around 9:10. It was cold and sunny, but the trail was a little wet, and as we neared the Mt Hunger summit the wet spots started to become icy spots. We reached the summit around 10:45 which already had about 10 to 15 people on it. After hanging out for a bit to enjoy the views, we backtracked to the White Rock trail. This trail had a lot of muddy spots, despite the puncheon that’s been added in recent years, and although we saw a few people, it was much less travelled than the Waterbury Trail up Mt Hunger. We reached the White Rock summit around noon, then headed back to the Waterbury Trail, which was now almost crowded with people. We reached the car around 2:10, and found the parking lot full and cars lining the road for about a tenth of a mile. Participants: Greg Bostock, David Hathaway (leader).

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