Outings for January 2020

1/4 (Sat) Camels Hump via Monroe Trail
Hike Up Monroe Trail to the Dean Junction, spur off onto Dean until we hit the LT. We follow the LT to the Summit and follow the Monroe back. Difficult snowshoe. moderate pace. 7.4 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. Group limit 12. Wes Volk, wesvolk@gmail.com.

1/11 (Sat) Butler Lodge via Nebraska Notch
Starting from Stevensville, we will hike the Nebraska Notch Trail to the Long Trail, then follow it to Butler Lodge and return along the Butler Lodge trail. Moderate snowshoe. moderate pace. 6.2 miles. 1700′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

1/12 (Sun) Sterling Pond
From the parking lot at Stowe on Rt. 108 we will walk up and up the Long Trail about 2 miles to Elephant’s Head then another 1.2 up miles to Sterling Pond and possibly a few hundred yards longer to the shelter – and to the Smugglers Notch trailheads to look at all the skiing underway at the summit. The total length is under 8 miles, some considered ‘difficult’ with a few rock-scrambles and steep spots with drop-offs here and there. This is a great workout! Please note we are departing from the Stowe Rt. 108 parking lot area. If you are coming from the north of Smugglers Notch on Rt. 108 (as the Notch itself is closed) meeting up is not practical. Difficult snowshoe. <8 miles. 1200' elevation gain. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

1/18 (Sat) Eagle Mt
Eagle Mountain has a small network of trails including views of the Lake Champlain Islands. A great opportunity for easy snowshoeing. Easy snowshoe. leisurely pace. 3 miles. 100′ elevation gain. Dana Baron, dk.baron@comcast.net or 373-8613.

1/18 (Sat) Mt. Mansfield
We’ll head out from the winter parking lot on Mountain Road (Underhill State Park), ascend Lower Teardrop, Maple Ridge, Forehead, ridge, summit, descend Sunset Ridge. Difficult snowshoe. strong pace. 8 miles. 3000′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com.

1/20 (Mon) Burnt Rock
We’ll head up Hedgehog Brook Trail to the Long Trail, and continue up the steep final stretch to the summit of Burnt Rock Mtn. Snowshoes and spikes required. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 5.2 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. Jill George, jillghiker@gmail.com.

1/25 (Sat) Winter birding at Colchester Pond
We’ll take an easy walk around Colchester Pond and look for winter birds. Prepare for icey spots! Bring snacks and water. Hopefully we will see or hear signs of the Barred Owl. Easy walk. 3 miles. Juli Tyson, jstyson17@gmail.com.

1/26 (Sun) Bolton Lodge Potluck
All are welcome to join the Burlington Section at Bolton Lodge for our new-annual pot-luck gathering. Ski or snowshoe down from the Bolton Nordic Center, or showshoe a short distance up from the parking on Bolton Access Road. The stove will be roaring. Bring something to snack on and make the Lodge your base for an afternoon of skiing or snowshoeing. Or lounging! No RSVP for Bolton Lodge. For decades the Burlington Section celebrated New Years eve at Bolton Lodge but we have moved the gathering to the Sunday after our Annual Meeting (or this year, the week after). This year our meeting is on Saturday January 25th at 5PM at the Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St., South Burlington 05403. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

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