Outings for December 2022

12/3 (Sat) Mansfield Forehead via Rock Garden
We’ll climb Butler Lodge Trail, then cross top Maple Ridge on Rock Garden, climb Maple Ridge to the Forehead, and return on Wampahoofus and Butler Lodge. Difficult hike. Moderate to Strong pace. 6.4 miles. 2600′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 12/1. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 802-899-9982.

12/4 (Sun) Stowe Pinnacle
From Pinnacle Meadows Parking area, we will follow the steep but relatively short Pinnacle Meadows Trail to the top of Stowe Pinnacle, with great views of Mt. Mansfield. Return by same trail. Easy to moderate hike. Moderate pace. 3.2 miles. 1000′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 12/2. David McColgin, davidmccolgin@yahoo.com or 802-356-9863.

12/10 (Sat) Snake Mt.
We will wall up Snake Mountain (in Addison County near Vergennes, just east of Rt. 22A.) This 2 ½ hour hike winds through a forest with a wonderful mix of trees. It is relatively flat for the first 1/2 mile then climbs steadily to a nice viewpoint facing west to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. The trail joins an old summit carriage road (there used to be hotel at the top) which we may take down. The almanac says the earliest sunset of the year was December 9th, so lets celebrate later sunsets! Easy to moderate hike. 4 miles. 900′ elevation gain. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net.

12/11 (Sun) 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 hike. Moderate pace. 6.2 miles. 1700′ elevation gain. Jonathan Breen, ghostman2651@gmail.com or 802-318-8104.

12/17 (Sat) Hunger & White Rock from Middlesex
From the trailhead in Middlesex, we’ll do a loop hike over Mt. Hunger and White Rock. Spikes and snowshoes may be required, depending on conditions. Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 6.5 miles. 2100′ elevation gain. Jill George, jillghiker@gmail.com.

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