7/31 – Prospect Rock (almost)
Seven of us met at the Cambridge park & ride at 10:30 and carpooled to the Rt 15 trailhead where we met two more. The trail follows the edge of the meadow, and we got off route almost immediately, as there was a post and a trodden trail before the actual LT turn into the woods. But we quickly reconnected with the trail and continued to the river, where some of us took the ladder down the bank, and some took a more gradual slop off to the side. One of the bottom ends of the ladder is broken, making it a bit unstable. The poison ivy along the trail on the on the island had mostly been cut, though it’s beginning to grow back. But there’s a fair amount along the path up from the bridge to the road. We continued up from the road, but ran into signs saying the overlook is closed until August 1 (the next day!) for Peregrine Falcon nesting. So we followed the rules and headed up to the upped road, where we had lunch before heading back. Participants included: Jordan Mitchell, Fred Royce, Renata Cupertino, Helena & Bill Nicolay, Ellen Bardin , and David Hathaway (leader).
7/30 – Pyramid, Gothics, Armstrong & Upper Wolfjaw
Six of us met in Burlington at 4:30 AM (with another pickup to follow in Vergennes) for the drive to Keene Valley, NY for a 6:00 AM start. Cool to cold weather throughout the day made for very comfortable hiking, while skies were a mix of sun and clouds with some strong winds on the summits. We started out with a four mile walk along Lake Road on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve property to Lower Ausable Lake before summiting Pyramid and Gothics via the Weld Trail. The original plan was to hike only these mountains and then descend, but the group was feeling quite good after our Gothics summit and voted to add on Armstrong and Upper Wolfjaw to make it a 13.5 mile outing spanning three of the ADK 46 peaks in the Great Range. We returned to the parking lot around 3:00 PM and made our way back to Vermont shortly thereafter. A very strong group of hikers with a willingness for a very early start helped to make this a really fun outing. Participants, Julie Cimonetti, Liana Edwards, Lisa Morris, Jill George, Colin Laurence, Kevin Burke and Chris Luczynski (leader).
7/3 Camels Hump via Bamforth Ridge
Seven of us met at the Richmond park and ride at 8:30 on a beautiful cool, sunny day. After waiting a few minutes for a couple maybes, we took four cars up, leaving two at the Monroe Trailhead and then taking the other two to the Bamforth Ridge trailhead at the Winooksi River. We were on the trail around 9:30. A couple hikers who were in the lead lost the trail at one point, where the trail climbs steeply along the right side of a large rock outcrop, but after a few minutes and a couple cell phone calls there found their way back to the rest of the group. The weather was absolutely perfect. Conversation along the way included map and compass navigation and ash and beech tree and identification. The trip leader was the slowest of the group, with the excuse of having recently recovered from a bout with COVID, but we still made pretty good time all the way. We reached the Alpine Trail junction around 12:30, the hut clearing around 1:45, and the summit around 2:10. At the summit we saw someone celebrating Independence Day early with a large American flag. We got back to the cars around 4:15. Participants: Julie Cimonetti, Liana Edwards, David McColgin, Laura Williams, Taro Williams, Hanako Williams, David Hathaway (leader).