Outings for October, 2020 (new trips added on 10/13!)

Be aware of special guidelines for hikes during the COVID-19 pandemic. All trip participants must register with their trip leader in advance, acknowledging that they have read, understood, and agree to follow the new GMC outings guidelines (here), and must provide their phone number and email in case of a later need for contact tracing.

10/3/2020 – Mt. Mansfield
We will follow the Butler Lodge Trail to a brief stop at Butler Lodge with breathtaking views to the West. From there up the challenging Wampahoofus Trail to the Forehead and then the Long Trail north to the Visitor’s Center. Another brief stop and continuing on the Long Trail north to the Chin with 360 degree views of waning fall foliage along the way. Return via the Maple Ridge Trail, Rock Garden Trail, and Butler Lodge Trail. About 10 miles, difficult terrain, steady relaxed pace, Suitable for seasoned hikers. Group limit 10. Phil Hazen, philhazen@comcast.net, 802-355-7181.

10/4/2020 – Jay Peak
From Jay pass on Rt 242 we’ll follow the Long Trail to the summit of Jay Peak and return. Easy to Moderate hike, moderate pace, 3.4 miles, 1680′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Sign up by 10/1. Dale Schmit, dtschmit@gmail.com, 920-850-3744.

10/10/2020 Hike Around Mansfield
From Underhill State Park we’ll climb Laura Cowles to summit, then loop on west and east sides of the ridge, through Subway, Canyon, Lakeview, Amherst, and Cliff Trails, then return on Sunset Ridge. This route has some very difficult sections. $4 State Park day use fee may be in effect. Difficult hike, moderate pace, 11.1 miles, 3,500’ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Sign up by 10/8. Dale Schmit, dtschmit@gmail.com, 920-850-3744.

10/11/2020 – Camels Hump
We will follow the Monroe Trail to the Dean Trail, maybe a stop at Montclair Glen Lodge, then North on the Long Trail.  With breath taking views to the East along the way, we will finally climb the Southwest rock face of Camel’s Hump for a short pause at the summit. Continuing North to the “hut clearing” for lunch and then down the Monroe Trail to the parking lot. About 8 miles, 2900’ elevation gain, difficult terrain, steady relaxed pace, Suitable for seasoned hikers. Group limit 10. Phil Hazen, philhazen@comcast.net, 802-355-7181.

10/18/2020 – Emily Proctor / Cooley Glen Loop
We will start by following the Emily Proctor Trail (3.5 Mi.) to the Shelter by that name for a well-deserved break. Then head North on the Long Trail to Mt. Wilson (a 3000’ class Mountain at 3482’), Mt. Roosevelt at 3528’ and finally Mt. Cleveland at 3482’. Views of Killington are rumored to exist along this 5.7 mile stretch of the Long Trail before reaching the junction with the Cooley Glen Trail. At this point it is just a gently downhill walk of 3.2 mi. back to our starting point. Lingering fall foliage should be beautiful. Difficult hike, 12.4 miles, about 2800’of elevation gain, steady relaxed pace, Suitable for seasoned hikers. About 8 hours total trip time. Phil Hazen, philhazen@comcast.net, 802-355-7181

10/24/2020 – Mt. Elmore
From the parking area at Elmore State Park we’ll climb the Fire Tower Trail  to the foundation of an old ranger station overlooking Lake Elmore, climb steeply to the summit and fire tower, then follow the Ridge Trail past balancing rock and complete the loop. $4 per person state park fee may apply. Easy to moderate hike, moderate pace, 4.4 miles, 1466′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Sign up by 10/22. Dale Schmit, dtschmit@gmail.com, 920-850-3744.

10/25/2020 – Belvidere
From Eden crossing on Rt 118 we’ll follow the Long Trail north to the summit of Belvidere Mt., whose fire tower offers views south to Mt Mansfield and north to Jay Peak. Moderate hike, moderate pace. 5.2 miles, 2250′ elevation gain. Sign up by 10/23. Group limit 10. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com, 802-899-9982.

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