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Events and reports for 2017
Montpelier Section reports in the 2017 Long Trail News
Wed Jan 4
Wednesday, January 4 -- Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. Members are welcome. You may bring a dessert to share. Contact: Steve Bailey, for meeting time and place.
Wed Jan 11
Wednesday January 11 -- Evening snowshoe hike exploration of local trails by moonlight     Leader: Jill Aspinall
Thur Jan 19
January 19, Thursday -- Cross-country Ski Snowshoe. Bolton. Various distances. All abilities. Bolton Touring Center. Trail fee. Bring lunch.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith
Mon Jan 23
January 23, Monday -- Cross-country Ski. Elmore. Moderate. 6 miles round trip. Start at Rte. 12 south of Elmore village and ski north to Little Elmore Pond, following an old woods road which is also used by dogsledders on weekends. If the weather is cold enough, we will also ski around the pond.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Wed Jan 25
January 25, Wednesday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Winter Membership Meeting.
Sun Feb 5
February 5, Sunday -- Cross-country Ski Snowshoe. Morristown. Moderate. 4.6 miles. Beaver Meadow Lodge. The first half mile is flat and becomes more rolling. There is a stove at the lodge so feel free to bring a dish to warm up and share. Bring food and warm beverages. Meet at MHS or at the Beaver Meadow winter parking lot.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Wed Feb 8
February 8, Wednesday -- Hike Snowshoe. Montpelier. Easy. Evening snowshoe hike exploration of local trails by moonlight. Bring headlamp. Meet at 7:00 P.M.     Leader: Jill Aspinall
Sat Feb 11
February 11, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Moderate. 6.5 miles. Start at Sterling Gorge and ski the Catamount Trail south to Peek-A-View Mountain, where you can relax in a bench swing with a view of Mt Mansfield. Metal edged skis recommended.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Sun Feb 19
February 19, Sunday -- Snowshoe. Duxbury. Moderate. 6 miles. Montclair Glen Lodge. Snowshoe from the winter parking lot via the Monroe and Dean Trails past the Beaver Pond to the recently renovated lodge.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Sat Feb 25
February 25, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Plainfield. Moderate. 7-8 miles. Spruce Mountain to Seyon Ranch. This is a new trail which starts at the base of Spruce Mountain and goes to Noyes Pond in Groton over moderate terrain.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin
Wed Mar 8
March 8, Wednesday -- Other Walk YAC. Burlington. Join other outdoor lovers with littles at ECHO in Burlington. Meet at 10 am at the ticket area. We'll visit the butterflies and other exhibits, have lunch, and if weather allows, whoever wants to use the post-lunch nap hour(s) to walk, we'll head North along the Burlington Bike Path.     Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Sat Mar 11
March 11, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Moderate to Difficult. 6 miles round trip. Start from Barnes Camp near Stowe Resort, up and over Smugglers' Notch on the highway which is closed in winter, ending at the road barricade on the Jeffersonville side. Metal edged skis are not required, but helpful if the snow is hard packed.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Wed Mar 15
March 15, Wednesday -- Meeting. Montpelier Section Meeting. Quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee. All members welcome. 7 pm.
Wed Mar 15
March 15, Wednesday -- Walk YAC. Montpelier. North Branch Nature Center. 10 am. Ready to be outside with the kiddos, no matter what mother nature tosses our way? Sunny warm days, followed by sub-freezing temps and blowing snow are what makes Vermont the state we love and raise our children to enjoy. Join us for a tromp along the river, picnic, and other adventures with young 'uns. See you there! Wear layers and bring a picnic lunch. Meet in the parking lot.     Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Sat Mar 18
March 18, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Duxbury. Moderate to Difficult, depending on trail conditions. 7 miles round trip, 1800 ft vertical gain. Follow the Monroe Trail to Camel's Hump summit. This should be a snowshoe hike, but if the snow is well packed it could be better with microspikes.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Tue Mar 21
March 21, Tuesday -- Other Walk YAC. Montpelier. Meet at Morse Farm and enjoy a tour of the sugaring operation, followed by sugar-on-snow. Meet at 11 am by the front entrance for the guided tour. $3.30 for sugar-on-snow. Bring lunch if you wish!.     Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Sat Mar 25
Saturday March 25 -- Mt Elmore snowshoe     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Sat Apr 8
April 8, Saturday -- Meeting. Montpelier Section Annual Meeting. Christ Episcopal Church parish hall. 5:30 p.m. Social Hour. 6:00 p.m. Potluck. Followed by Annual business meeting and awards, followed by Tour du Mont Blanc and Cinque Terre Slideshow by Sharon Plumb, GMC Montpelier Section Vice President.
The meeting packet
Sat Apr 22
April 22, Saturday -- Walk. Berlin. Easy. 5 miles. Walk around Berlin Pond. Meet at Berlin Pond parking spot at 1:00 p.m.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Tue Apr 25
April 25, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Orange. Moderately Difficult. 20 miles. Reservoir Rd. to East Hill Rd. to Cameron Rd. to Plainfield. Lunch at Positive Pie. Return via Brook Rd. and Reservoir Rd. Wear helmet. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sat May 6
May 6, Saturday -- Hike. Northfield. Moderate. 8 +/- miles. Car spot. Bushwhack from Paine Mountain to Irish Hill.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein. (originally scheduled for May 20).
Thur May 11
May 11, Thursday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 12 miles. Montpelier to Middlesex and return. Helmet required. We will stop at the Red Hen for lunch. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Dept. of Labor by the bike path.     Leader: Mary Garcia and Mary Smith.
Sat May 13
May 13, Saturday -- Work Hike. Duxbury. Rain Date: May 14, Sunday. All abilities welcome and needed. LT south of Winooski River to Bamforth Ridge Shelter, and farther south on Camel's Hump, snow conditions permitting. Bring lunch and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at MHS, 8:00 a.m.     Leader: Andrew Nuquist.
Sat May 20
May 20, Saturday -- Work Hike. Stowe. Rain Date: May 21, Sunday. All abilities welcome and needed. LT north of Barnes Camp to Chilcoot Pass or to snow on trail, plus Sterling Pond Trail. Bring Lunch and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at 8:00 a.m.     Leader: Andrew Nuquist.
Sun May 28
May 28, Sunday -- Hike. Groton. Moderate. 6 miles. Groton State Forest Wildflower Hike. Big Deer-Osmore area.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.
Tue May 30
May 30, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Moderate. County Road to Bliss Pond Rd., Adamant Rd., Center Rd., to Bliss Rd. and County Rd. Easy. About 13 miles although we could decide to go further. Wear helmet. Bring lunch or get something at the Adamant Coop. Meet at Morse Farm at 10:00 a.m.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Jun 3
June 3, Saturday -- Hike. Stowe. Moderate. 3.2 miles. From the Lake Mansfield Trout Club we take the Lake Mansfield Trail to Nebraska Notch and Taylor Lodge on the Long Trail, then return by the same route. Optional additional 1 mile loop through the top of the notch on the Clara Bow Trail, which is beautiful but rugged. Spring wildflowers should still be blooming. Meet at M.H.S. at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: John Page.
Wed Jun 7
June 7, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Orange. Moderately difficult. 20+/- miles. Orange to Plainfield. Reservoir Rd. to East Hill Rd. to Cameron Rd. to Plainfield. Lunch at Positive Pie. Return via Brook Rd. and Reservoir Rd. Leave at 10:00 A.M. at the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302.     Leader: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia.
Tue Jun 13
June 13, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 13 miles (could be more, if bikers want to extend the trip). Montpelier to Adamant. Meet at Morse Farm, travel on County Road to Bliss Pond Rd. to Adamant Rd. to Center St. to Bliss Rd. and return to County Rd. Leave from Morse Farm at 10:00 a.m.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Jun 21
June 21, Wednesday -- Hike. Montpelier. Moderate. 4-5 miles. Sabin's Pasture. Hike from after work until sunset. Bring a light dinner or snacks, water and headlamp.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene Bohl.
Thur Jun 22
June 22, Thursday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. Members are welcome. 7:00 P.M. You may bring a dessert to share.
Fri Jun 23
June 23, Friday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 20+/- miles. Enjoy a ride from Montpelier to Waterbury to enjoy the Strawberry Festival at the Waterbury Congregational Church. Great food! Leave at 4:00 P.M. from the parking area behind the Dept. of Labor.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sun Jun 25
June 25, Sunday -- Hike. Underhill. Moderate. 6.6 miles. Mt Mansfield, Chin. From Underhill State Park, we will take the "Eagle's Cut" to the Sunset Ridge Trail, ascending to the summit with a short side trip to "Cantilever Rock", returning on the same trails. Meet at 6:00 A.M. at M.H.S.     Leader: Alan Paschell.
Tue Jun 27
June 27, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Berlin. Moderately difficult. 24 miles. Berlin Pond to Brookfield Floating Bridge. Bring lunch as there is no place to buy it. Leave from the Berlin Pond public parking area at 10:00 A.M.     Leader: George Plumb.
Jun 28
June 28 -- Executive Committee meeting
Wed Jul 5
July 5, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Moderately difficult. 30+/- miles. Montpelier to Elmore. Leave at 10:00 A.M. from the Worcester Town Office.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Jul 8
July 8, Saturday -- Hike. Franconia, NH. Difficult. 11+/- miles. Franconia Ridge. We will hike up the Liberty Spring Trail to the ridgeline (optional summit of Mt. Liberty) and continue along the ridgeline to Mt. Lafayette. We will descend to the Greenleaf Hut and to the Bridle Path. Bring a lunch, snacks and water.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene Bohl
Sun Jul 9
July 9, Sunday -- Hike. New Hampshire. Moderate to Difficult. 8.7 miles. Enjoy a long day in the White Mountains National Forest. Ascend Mt. Hale via the Hale Brook Trail. Descend via the Lend-A-Hand trail to Zealand Falls Hut. Continue on the flat Zealand Trail, and finish by coming out on the Zealand Road back to the Mt. Hale trailhead. Bring food and liquid for a day hike.     Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue Jul 11
July 11, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 20+/- miles. Montpelier to Moretown. Leave at 10 A.M. from the parking area behind the Dept. of Labor.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Jul 12
July 12, Wednesday -- Montpelier to Moretown Bike Ride     Leader: George Plumb
Wed Jul 12
July 12, Wednesday -- Paddle. Hyde Park. Easy to Moderate. 4-8 miles. Green River Reservoir, one of the most scenic areas in Vermont! Distance depends on weather and abilities of the group. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sun Jul 16
July 16, Sunday -- Hike. Lemington. Moderate. 5 miles. Mount Monadnock. Enjoy fantastic views from the summit forest tower. Bring food and liquid for a day's hike.     Leader: Michael Chernick
Tue Jul 18
July 18, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. East Montpelier. Easy. 20+/- miles. East Montpelier/Calais back roads. Leave from the parking area at No. 10 Pond in Calais at 10:00 A.M. Bring lunch as there is no place to buy lunch.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Jul 19
July 19, Wednesday -- Hike. Berlin. Moderate. 4.5+/- miles. Irish Hill. We'll hike from after work until sunset. Bring a light dinner or snacks, water and headlamp.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene Bohl.
Sat Jul 22
July 22, Saturday -- Hike. Warren. Moderate to Difficult. 5.2 miles round trip. 1600' elevation gain. Mt. Abraham via the LT from Lincoln Gap.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Tue Jul 25
July 25, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Northfield. Difficult but all on paved roads. 40+/- miles. Northfield to Randolph Loop. Bike Rte. 12A south, stop for lunch at the Randolph recreation area, and return via Rte.12 with a break stop at the Country Store. Meet at 10:00 A.M.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Jul 26
Wednesday July 26 -- The Best Ride So Far This Year     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Jul 29
July 29, Saturday -- Hike. Stowe. Moderate to difficult. 8 miles. We will start up Stowe Pinnacle, continue up to the Skyline trail, over to Hunger Mtn. and down the Waterbury Hunger Mtn. trail. A car spot will be needed.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sun Jul 30
July 30, Sunday -- Hike. Duxbury. Difficult. 12.4 miles. Early Bird outing. Camel's Hump via Bamforth Ridge trail. From the River Road parking lot/trailhead, we'll follow the LTS to the summit, have lunch, then return by the same route. Meet at MHS parking lot at 6:00 A.M. or the trailhead no later than 7:00 A.M.     Leader: Morgan Irons.
Tue Aug 1
August 1, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Orange. Difficult. 30+/- miles. Orange to Groton via Rte. 302. We may take a side dirt road part of the way. Enjoy delicious ice cream in Groton. Meet at the Orange Recreation area just up on the right off the Reservoir Rd.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Aug 2
August 2, Wednesday -- Hike. Montpelier. Moderate. 4-5 miles. Hubbard Park. We'll hike from after work until sunset along some of the less-traveled trails. Bring a light dinner or snacks, water and headlamp.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene Bohl.
Sat Aug 05
Saturday August 05 -- Trail Magic Day     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Tue Aug 8
August 8, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Marshfield. Easy. 30 miles round trip. Cycle the Cross Vermont Trail. Marshfield to Groton. Enjoy a beautiful forest covered trail using the old railroad bed. Park at the Marshfield Town Office and leave at 10:00 A.M. Ride up to the bed, take the bed down to Groton village, loop back on Rte. 232 and a little section of Rte. 2 to connect back to the start. Bring lunch.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Aug 16
August 16, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Williamstown. Moderately difficult. 24+/- miles. Williamstown Gulf to East Randolph and return along Rte. 14. Meet at the parking area in Williamstown Gulf. Bring lunch.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sun Aug 20
Sunday August 20 -- Camel's Hump     Leader: Morgan Irons
Tue Aug 22
August 22, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Middlesex. Difficult because of distance. 40+/- miles. Middlesex to Richmond. Lunch at a restaurant in Richmond. Leave at 9:30 A.M. from the Middlesex park and ride.     Leader: George Plumb.
Thur Aug 24
Thursday August 24 -- Bike Ride Worcester to Elmore     Leader: Mary Garcia
Wed Aug 30
August 30, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Difficult. 35+/- miles. Montpelier to Northfield Falls to Moretown to Middlesex to Montpelier. Leave from the parking lot behind the Dept. of Labor at 9:30 A.M. Lunch in Moretown.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Sep 6
September 6, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Orange. Moderately Difficult. 20 miles. Orange to Plainfield. Reservoir Rd. to East Hill Rd. to Cameron Rd. to Plainfield. Lunch at Positive Pie. Return via Brook Rd. and Reservoir Rd. Helmet required. Leave at 10:00 A.M. at the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302.     Leader: George Plumb.
Tue Sep 12
September 12, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 13+ miles. Montpelier to Adamant. County Road to Bliss Pond Rd. to Adamant Rd. to Center Rd. to Bliss Rd. to County Rd. Lunch at the Adamant Coop. Leave from Morse Farm at 10:00 A.M.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Sep 16
September 16, Saturday -- Hike. Stowe. Rain Date: September 17, Sunday. Difficult. 4.5 miles. Hellbrook Trail to the Long Trail at the Adams Apple, then the LT to the Chin. Steep and rocky terrain. We will return by the LT to Rte. 108. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene Bohl.
Tue Sep 19
September 19, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Montpelier. Moderate. 26 miles with some gravel roads. Bike to Waterbury via Stevens Brook Road, and return on Rte. 2. Bring lunch and water or buy lunch in Waterbury. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia.
Sun Sep 24
September 24, Sunday -- Hike. Barre Town. Easy. 6 miles. Millstone Quarries. These historic quarries contain some of the finest autumn scenery in the area.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Tue Sep 26
September 26, Tuesday -- Paddle. Waterbury. Easy to Moderate. 4-8 miles. Waterbury Center State Park. Bring your Green Mtn. Passport card. Distance depends on weather and abilities of the group.     Leader: s, Steve and Heather Bailey.
Wed Sep 27
September 27, Wednesday -- Bike Ride. Berlin. Easy. 14+/- miles. Bike on the River Rd., Jones Brook Rd. to Chase Brook Rd., and return via Rte. 12. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required. Meet behind the Dept. of Labor at 10:00 A.M.     Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Sep 27
September 27, Wednesday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. All members are welcome. You may bring a dessert to share.     Host: Steve Bailey
Sat Sep 30
September 30, Saturday -- Hike. Underhill. Difficult. 6.6 miles. Mt Mansfield via Sunset Ridge. 2600 ft. elevation gain. From Underhill State Park, we will follow the Sunset Ridge Trail to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, returning the same way.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Tue Oct 3
October 3, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Stowe. Moderate. 20-25 miles with some gravel roads. Moss Glenn Falls to Morrisville and return on Randolph Road. Bring lunch and water or buy lunch in Morrisville. Helmet required.     Leader: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia.
Sun Oct 08
Sunday October 08 -- Kettle Pond Trail and Shelter Improvements     Leader: George Longenecker & Cynthia Martin
Tue Oct 10
October 10, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Berlin. Moderately Difficult. 24 miles. Berlin Pond to Brookfield Floating Bridge. Bring lunch as there is no place to buy it. Helmet required. Leave from the Berlin Pond public parking area at 10:00 am.     Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Oct 14
October 14, Saturday -- Work Hike. Stowe. Rain Date October 15, Sunday. All abilities needed and welcomed. Various distances. LT north from Barnes Camp and Smugglers' Notch, Sterling Pond, and trail around Sterling Pond. Bring lunch and water. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Tools supplied. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Andrew Nuquist.
Wed Oct 18
Wednesday October 18 -- Bike Ride-Berlin Pond to Floating Bridge     Leader: George Plumb
Sat Oct 21
October 21, Saturday -- Work Hike. Duxbury. Rain Date: October 22, Sunday. All abilities needed are welcomed. Various distances. From the new Winooski River footbridge, work on LT south to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Bring lunch and water. Wear Sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Tools supplied. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Andrew Nuquist.
Tue Oct 24
October 24, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Middlesex. Moderately Difficult. 17 miles. Rte. 12 to Shady Hill Rd. to Molly Supple Hill Rd. to Upper Terrace St. to Portal Rd. to Rte. 12 and return. Helmet required. Leave from the Montpelier Recreation area on Elm St. at 10:00 A.M. Bring lunch and water.     Leader: George Plumb.
Fri Oct 27
Friday October 27 -- Bike Ride-Worcester to Elmore     Leader: George Plumb
Tue Oct 31
October 31, Tuesday -- Bike Ride. Mystery. To be determined. Probably will do one of the earlier trips that were rained out, or if someone has another idea.     Leader: George Plumb
Fri Nov 17
November 17, Friday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Membership Social Meeting. Members, non-members and friends are welcome. T. W. Wood Gallery. 7:00 P.M.
Sat Dec 2
December 2, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Moderate to Difficult. 6 miles. Ski Smugglers' Notch Road from the road barricade at Barnes Camp to the road barricade before Smugglers' Notch Resort. Experience required. Cross-country (classic or skate) skis required. Conditions permitting, we'll be on the road with the area high school and college cross-country ski teams!     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Sun Dec 10
December 10, Sunday -- Snowshoe. Woodstock. Moderate. 8 miles. Appalachian Trail. Rte. 12 to Winturri Shelter. Round-trip excursion will be either a hike or snowshoe depending on the trail conditions. This segment of the LT consists of moderately rolling hills through the woods of Windsor County. Reaching the destination will depend on timing and trail conditions.     Leader: Michael Chernick. (No participants)

Montpelier Section reports in the 2018 Long Trail News

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