12/1 (Sat) Birding at Colchester Pond
A bird monitoring walk at Colchester Pond hike. We will track what species are present and submit the data to eBird.org for citizen science. We’ll meet at 8:30 at the Colchester Pond parking area on Colchester Pond Road. Easy hike. 3 miles. Julianna Tyson, americorps@wvpd.org or (978) 994-0482.

12/2 (Sun) Laraway Loop
What better way to spend a frosty Sunday than in the northern forest. Or you could go shopping. This loop incorporates the Davis Neighborhood Trail, the Long Trail and an abandoned gravel road. Difficult hike. 8 miles. 1600′ elevation gain. Mary Lou Recor, mlrecor@myfairpoint.net.

12/8 (Sat) Camels Hump Loop
We’ll take Forest City Trail to Montclair Glen Lodge, then climb the Long Trail to the Camel’s Hump summit and return along the Burrows Trail. Difficult hike/snowshoe. Moderate pace. 6 miles. 2400′ elevation gain. David Hathaway, david.hathaway.78@gmail.com or 899-9982.

12/15 (Sat) Duxbury Window
This outing is closed as we’ve reached the max. Lets take a pretty but easy hike up to the Duxbury Window. This Long Trail hike starts at the trail-head on Duxbury Road near the Winooski River at the lowest point on the LT. The trail follows Bamforth Ridge, one of the flanks of Camel’s Hump. Moderate hike/snowshoe. 3.2 miles. 800′ elevation gain. Ted Albers, ted@ted-albers.net

12/15 (Sat) Adirondack Surprise
This trip is full.
Count on a 14-15 hour day from A to B with eats and libations planned post-hike with a fireplace to boot! Experienced fast-paced hikers only, please. I’ll think up a fun mountain as date draws near or feel free to share with me what you may want to summit! Difficult snowshoe. Strong pace. 10-12 miles. Robynn Albert, robynnalbert@hotmail.com.

12/16 (Sun) Stowe Pinnacle
Moderate hike/snowshoe. 1650′ elevation gain. Kim Farone, kfarone@yahoo.com.

12/23 (Sun) Mansfield Forehead
From the Stevensville Road trailhead we’ll head up to Butler Lodge, then take Wampahoofus and Maple Ridge up to the Forehead. We’ll return the same way. Route includes some fun steep scramble sections. Snowshoes and spikes required. Difficult hike/snowshoe. Moderate pace. 5.4 miles. 2600′ elevation gain. Jill George, jillghiker@gmail.com.