8/5 (Sun) Jay Range, NY
A difficult hike NE of Keene NY of about 7 miles total and at least 3000′ of uphill, once you mix in all the up and down. Moderate-plus pace. Rich Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 878-6828.

8/11 (Sat) Long Trail Day
In addition to the Burlington section trips, the GMC is scheduling  hikes all along the Long Trail on this date. See here for details.

8/11 (Sat) Sunset Ridge, Chin, Maple Ridge, CCC Loop
(Changed from Laraway Loop to fit with GMC plans for Long Trail Day). From the Underhill State Park we’ll head up Sunset Ridge to the Chin, then follow the Long Trail alone the Mansfield Ridge to the Forehead and return via the Maple Ridge Trail and CCC Road.  Difficult  hike. Moderate pace. 8.6 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

8/12 (Sun) Mt Hunger & White Rock Loop from Middlesex
We’ll hike up Mt. Hunger from the Middlesex (east) side of the mountain. This trail goes up pretty steadily with some scrambles, including a steep pitch using a rope, near the top. (Note: This is not a hike for people with a fear of heights.) From the top of Mt. Hunger, we will go down the west side of the mountain a short distance and then take the trail over to White Rocks. From White Rocks, we will loop back to the trail we started on and return to the trailhead. Estimated hiking time is 5 hours, including lunch. Moderate-difficult hike. Moderate-strong pace. 6.5 miles. 1500′ elevation gain. Group limit 10. Contact leader by 8/10. Sheri Larsen, larsen007@aol.com or 878-6828.

8/18 (Sat) Bird Monitoring in Delta Park
A bird monitoring walk for Delta Park, the birding hotspot for Chittenden County. We will track what species are present and submit the data to eBird.org for citizen science. We’ll met at 8:30 at the Delta Park parking area at the end of Windemere Way in Colchester (past the fishing access) , and should be done around 10. Easy hike / walk. Leisurely pace. 1 miles. Julianna Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or (978) 994-0482.

8/19 (Sun) Bamforth Ridge to Camels Hump
We’ll head south on the Bamforth Ridge section of the Long Trail, up and over Camels Hump, then down Alpine and Monroe trails to Couching Lion Farm. The trail climbs 3700 feet, making it Vermont’s highest ascent, and crosses numerous open ledgy ridges. Will require car drop (or maybe bicycle?). Difficult hike. Moderate-strong pace. 9.4 miles. Jill George, jillghiker@gmail.com.

8/25 (Sat) Giant & Rocky Peak Ridge, ADK
From Rt 9, we’ll climb over Blueberry Cobbles and Bald Peak, then up to Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant, two of the Adirondack high (4000′) peaks, and descend past the Giant Washbowl to Rt 73. A long open hike with great views. Difficult hike. Moderate pace. 11 miles. 5300′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

8/26 (Sun) Mt Hunger & White Rock
We’ll climb the Waterbury trail to the summit of Mount Hunger, with a side trip to the summit of nearby White Rock Mountain. Difficult hike. 6.4 miles. 2500′ elevation gain. Dana Bolton, boltondj@comcast.net.