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Events and reports for 2018
Montpelier Section reports in the 2018 Long Trail News
Jan 10
January 10 -- Executive Committee meeting
Fri Jan 19
January 19, Friday -- Meeting. Montpelier. Come to look and listen to Montpelier Section members Lexi and Linnaea Shear, mother and daughter, slideshow on their LT End-to-End hike this past summer. T.W. Wood Gallery & Art Center in Montpelier, 7:00 P.M.
Sat Jan 20
January 20, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Worcester. Moderate. 5.2 miles. White Rock Mountain. Start at the Hunger Mountain trailhead in Worcester, and hike up to White Rock Mountain, returning on the same trail. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Thur Jan 25
January 25, Thursday -- Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Moderate to Difficult. 6 miles. Barnes Camp over Smugglers' Notch on the highway to Jeffersonville. Metal edged skis are not required, but helpful if the snow is hard packed.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sat Feb 3
February 3, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Stowe. Moderate. 3.6 miles. Stowe Pinnacle. Beautiful views of Mansfield and the Green Mountains. Hike will be followed by optional lunch in Waterbury or Stowe. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sat Feb 10
February 10, Saturday -- Snowshoe. Waterville. Moderate. 4 miles. Laraway Mountain via LTN. From the Codding Hollow trailhead, we'll snowshoe to the ice formations and Lamoille Valley overview, returning the same way. Crampons may be preferable depending on trail conditions.     Leader: Morgan Irons.
Sun Feb 18
February 18, Sunday -- Snowshoe. Duxbury. Moderate. 6 miles. Snowshoe to Montclair Glen Lodge via the Monroe and Dean trails and very briefly the Long Trail. Starting from the Monroe Trail's winter parking lot.     Leader: Michael Chernick. (No participants)
Sat Feb 24
February 24, Saturday -- Cross-country Ski. Greensboro. Difficult. 12 miles. Cross-country ski (classic skis) from Highland Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury. For experienced skiers only. We will take the shuttle bus from COC to Highland Lodge. Skis may be rented at COC. Trail Fee and shuttle bus fee required.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein. (Cancelled due to weather)
Sun Feb 25
February 25, Sunday -- Snowshoe. Middlesex. Moderate. Mileage depends on conditions. Middlesex Town Forest. Explore new trails being developed in this scenic area.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.(Cancelled due to muddy roads, lack of snow and predicted rain)
Sun Mar 4
March 4, Sunday - Snowshoe. Warren's Gore. Moderate. 8 miles. Gore Mountain. Meet at Island Pond Rail Station at 8:30 A.M. Hike up to Gore Mountain summit, depending on trail conditions.     Leader: Michael Chernick (No participants)
Sat Mar 10
March 10, Saturday - Cross-country Ski. Greensboro. Difficult. 12 miles. Cross-country ski from Highland Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury. For experienced skiers only. Shuttle bus from COC to HL. Pass or trail fee and shuttle bus fee required.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein
Sun Mar 11
March 11, Sunday - Snowshoe. Huntington. Moderate. 4.8 miles. Camel's Hump via Burrows Trail. Start at the Burrows trailhead in Huntington and hike up to Camel's Hump, returning on the same trail. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Sat Mar 17
March 17, Saturday - East Montpelier. Moderate. 2-3 miles. Come and explore some of the East Montpelier trails with other caretakers and our littlest adventurers, ages 0-5. We'll choose a moderate path, perfect for trail and weather conditions.     Leader: Sharon Plumb (Postponed, then camcelled)
Thur Mar 22
March 22, Thursday - Cross-country Ski. Craftsbury. Moderate. Spend the day cross-country skiing at the Craftsbury Nordic Center.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey (cancelled: no takers)
Sat Mar 24
March 24, Saturday - Snowshoe. Worcester. Moderate. 5 miles. Worcester Mountain. Start at the trailhead in Worcester, and hike up to Worcester Mountain, returning on the same trail. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leader: Steve and Heather Bailey
Wed Apr 4
April 4, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Worcester. Moderate. 30 miles. Worcester to Elmore on Rte. 12. Leave at 10 A.M. from the Worcester Town Office. Eat lunch at the Elmore General Store. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb (illness)
Tue Apr 10
April 10, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Washington. Easy. 20 miles. Washington Heights to Chelsea. Meet at the pull off on the left just below Washington Heights on Rte. 110 at 11:00 A.M. Bike to Chelsea or maybe a little further. Eat lunch at the Chelsea Restaurant. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb (illness)
Sat Apr 14
April 14, Saturday - Hike. Marshfield. Moderate. 4 miles. Stranahan Town Forest.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein (Revised due to snow conditions, then Cancelled due to weather)
Wed Apr 18
April 18, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Orange. Moderate. 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. from the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb (cancelled due to illness)
Fri Apr 20
April 20, Friday - Marshfield. Easy. 1-2 miles. Stranahan Town Forest. Enjoy the old logging roads and trails of this beautiful town forest. We'll meet at 10 A.M. at the parking lot on Hollister Hill and walk a few miles, looking for signs of early spring along the way. Bring snacks, lunch, and wear layers. After the hike, visit the animals at Hollister Hill farm.     Leader: Sharon Plumb
Sat Apr 21
April 21, 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 24
April 24, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 15 miles. Montpelier to Adamant. County Road to Bliss Pond Rd. to Adamant Rd. to Center St. to Bliss Rd. to County Rd. Lunch at the Adamant Coop. Leave from Morse Farm at 10:00 A.M. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb (cancelled due to illness)
Sat Apr 28
April 28, Saturday - Meeting. Montpelier. GMC Montpelier Section Annual Meeting.
Wed May 2
May 2, Wednesday - Bike Ride. East Montpelier. Easy. 20 miles. East Montpelier to Calais on back roads. Leave from the parking area at #10 Pond in Calais at 10 A.M. Bring a lunch as there is no place to buy lunch. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb (cancelled due to illness)
Fri May 4
May 4, Friday - Marshfield. Easy. 1-2 miles. Martin Bridge Park is on Rte. 2, just a few miles outside of Plainfield Village on the right hand side. Join us at 10 A.M. to explore this picturesque covered bridge, recently restored. Sweet trails perfect for kiddos and their caretakers!     Leader: Sharon Plumb (Date changed due to conflict with Green Up Day)
Sat May 5
May 5, Saturday - Hike. Groton. Easy. 5.4 miles. We will hike to Peacham Bog in Groton State forest, checking out beautiful spring wildflowers along the way.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein
Wed May 9
May 9, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Moderate. 26 miles. Montpelier to Moretown and return. Helmet required. Bring lunch or buy at the Moretown Store.     Leader: Mary Garcia
Sat May 12
May 12, Saturday - Work Hike. Duxbury. Moderate. Bamforth Ridge. RAINDATE: Sunday, May 13. All abilities welcome and needed. Spring walk-thru and routine pre-hiking season trail work on the LT south of Winooski River to Bamforth Ridge Shelter, and farther south on Camel's Hump. Conditions permitting. Additional trail building on LT re-location to by-pass the "Big Dig" may be scheduled. Bring lunch, water, and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Alan Paschell
Mon May 14
May 14, Monday - Hike. Calais. Easy. 2 miles. We will see spring wildflowers in the woods and the bog. Limited to 8 people.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein
Wed May 16
May 16, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Danville. Difficult. 25 miles. Danville to St. Johnsbury on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. It is a continuous downhill to St. J, but then a rigorous two-hour uphill back. Meet at 9:30 A.M. at the Rte. 14 E. Montpelier park and ride to carpool. We will then leave for the ride from the old railroad station just east of Danville. This will make the trip shorter than leaving from Joe's Pond. Lunch at a restaurant in St. J. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb
Sat May 19
May 19, Saturday - Work Hike. Stowe. Moderate. Smugglers' Notch. All abilities welcome and needed. Spring walk-thru and routine pre-hiking season trail work on the LT north of Barnes Camp to Sterling Pond or farther toward Chilcoot Pass, plus Sterling Pond Trail. Additional work on LT to incorporate the new boardwalk may be scheduled. Bring lunch, water, and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M.     Leader: Alan Paschell
Sun May 20
May 20, Sunday - Walk. Groton. Easy. 5-6 miles. Wildflower Walk exploring trails in New Discovery, Big Deer, and Osmore Pond. See what's blooming.     Leader: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin
Tue May 22
May 22, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Marshfield. Moderate. 25 miles. We will take the Cross Vermont Trail from Marshfield. Drive up Depot Rd. to Edgewater where you can park near the trail. We will then ride the railroad bed into Groton State Forest and stop at whatever point we feel is far enough for lunch. Then turn around and come back. A beautiful forest covered trail using the old railroad bed. Bring lunch. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb
Thur May 24
May 24, Thursday - Little River State Park     Leader: Sharon Plumb
Tue May 29
May 29, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Williamstown. Difficult. 24 miles. Williamstown Gulf to East Randolph and return along Rte. 14. Meet at the parking area at Williamstown Gulf. Bring lunch. Helmet required.     Leader: George Plumb
Fri Jun 1
June 1, Friday - Walk. Waterbury. Easy. GMC Headquarters. 1.5 miles. We'll walk the trails behind the headquarters, visit a historic shelter, and have time for a picnic! Meet at 10:00 A.M. Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Wed Jun 6
June 6, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Orange. 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. Leave at 10:00 A.M. at the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb.
Fri Jun 8
June 8, Friday - YAC. Plainfield. Moderate. Spruce Mountain. 4.2 miles. Meet at 10 A.M. A great little hike with a beaver pond and caves to explore and a rewarding view with a fire tower at the top. Even if you don't make it all the way with your little one, we'll have fun along the way! Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Sat Jun 9
June 9, Saturday - Hike. Franconia, NH. Moderate. 10 miles round trip. Mt. Garfield. Short rock scramble below the summit with extraordinary views. Leader: Alan Paschell. (Cancelled - no takers)
Tue Jun 12
June 12, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 13 +/- miles. Montpelier to Adamant. County Road to Bliss Pond Rd. to Adamant Rd. to Center St. to Bliss Rd. to County Rd., although we could decide to go further. Lunch at the Adamant Coop. Leave from Morse Farm at 10:00 A.M. Leader: George Plumb.
Thur Jun 14
June 14, Thursday - Paddle. Waterbury. Moderate. Kayaking at Waterbury Reservoir. Enjoy a relaxing paddle, observing whatever birds and other wildlife we may encounter. We'll spend approximately two hours paddling on this large, lovely body of water. Bring: Kayak, paddle, PFD, water, hat, sunglasses, snack, jacket. Meet at Department of Labor parking lot at 2:15 P.M.; return about 6:00. Leaders: Anne Ferguson and Nancy Schulz. Joint outing with Montpelier Senior Activity Center.
Fri Jun 15
June 15, Friday - Stowe. Easy. Bring your little ones and their bikes, or your bike and bike trailer, and we'll explore the bike path along the river. The only goal is to have fun and get outside! Leader: Sharon Plumb.
Sat Jun 16
June 16, Saturday - Hike. Peacham. Easy. 4 to 5 miles. Hike from near Martin's Pond to Peacham Bog in Groton State Forest and see bog plants including pitcher plants, labrador tea, and cotton grass, and woodland flowers including lady's slippers. Optional hike on loop trail to Devil's Hill Mountain for a view of Peacham Bog and Peacham Pond. Bring water, lunch and snack. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Wed Jun 20
June 20, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Middlesex. Moderately Difficult. 18 +/- miles. Middlesex back roads. Rte. 2 to Brook Rd. in Middlesex, to Middlesex Ctr., to East Hill Rd. to Upper Terrace St., to Terrace St., to State St. and back to the Dept. of Labor. Bring lunch. Meet at Dept. of Labor at 10:00 A.M. Leader: George Plumb.
Sun Jun 24
June 24, Sunday - Hike. Lemington. Moderate. 5 miles. Mt. Monadnock. Enjoy fantastic views from the summit forest tower. Bring food and liquid for a day's hike. Leader: Michael Chernick. (Cancelled - no participants)
Mon Jun 25
June 25, Monday - Paddle. Middlesex. Easy. 3 hours. Paddle Wrightsville Reservoir in the late afternoon/early evening and see beavers, herons, and other wildlife. Optional swim. Distance depends on weather, water level, and the abilities of the group. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Fri Jun 29
June 29, Friday - Bike Ride. Waterbury. Easy. 20 +/- miles. Montpelier to Waterbury. Strawberry Festival at the Waterbury Congregational Church. Great food! Leave at 4:00 P.M. from the parking area behind the Dept. of Labor. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb.
Sun Jul 1
July 1, Sunday - Hike. Windsor. Moderate. 5.4 miles. Mt. Ascutney. Hike to the summit via the Windsor Trail. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Michael Chernick. Cancelled on account of the heat. Rescheduling at a later date is a possibility.
Tue Jul 3
July 3, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Worcester. Difficult. 20 +/- miles. Leave at 10:00 A.M. from the Worcester Town Office to Elmore. Eat lunch at the Elmore general store. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb. (Cancelled due to heat)
Thur Jul 5
July 5, Thursday - Paddle. Groton. Moderate. Enjoy a relaxing paddle to a cascade at the southern end of Lake Groton, in Groton State Park. We'll take out there to stretch our legs and enjoy a snack before we follow the opposite shoreline for the return trip. We'll spend approximately two hours paddling with a break in the middle. Bring: Kayak, paddle, PFD, water, hat, sunglasses, snack, jacket, Green Mountain Passport (or money for state park admission), swimsuit (optional) Meet at Department of Labor parking lot at 1:00 P.M.; return about 6:15. Leaders: Anne Ferguson and Nancy Schulz. Joint outing with Montpelier Senior Activity Center.
Sat Jul 7
July 7, Saturday - Hike. Bolton. Moderate. Ridge running in Bolton Valley. Starting at the Bolton Valley access road we will hike past Bolton Lodge and climb the Beaver Pond ski trail to Buchanan Shelter on Oxbow Ridge. We will then follow the new Long Trail south for 6.5 miles along the ridgeline (all downhill!) to Stimson Mountain, Rt. 2 and the new Winooski River footbridge. The total hiking distance is an easy 8.5 miles. Meet at the MHS parking lot at 8:30. Leader: John Page.
Mon Jul 9
July 9, Monday - Paddle. Marshfield. Easy. 3 hours. Paddle Molly's Falls Pond (Marshfield Reservoir) in the late afternoon/early evening. Distance depends on weather, water level, and the abilities of the group. Optional swim. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Tue Jul 10
July 10, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 20 miles. Montpelier to Moretown. Leave at 10:00 A.M. from the parking area behind the Department of Labor. Lunch at the general store in Moretown. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb. (Will not be leading rides to Moretown anymore. Can't stand the heavy traffic and particularly all the pick up trucks.)
Wed Jul 11
July 11, Wednesday - Paddle. Hyde Park. Easy. 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. Leaders: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Wed Jul 11
July 11, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Johnson. Bike the well-maintained, scenic Lamoille Valley Rail Trail from Johnson to Jeffersonville and back. From Johnson, we'll bike approximately 10 miles to the covered bridge in Jeffersonville where we'll have our bag lunches overlooking the Lamoille River. After lunch, we'll check out "downtown" Jeffersonville before returning to our starting point. Total bicycling distance: approx. 20 miles. Bring: Bicycle, helmet, spare tube, sunglasses, jacket; bag lunch, snacks, and water. Meet at Department of Labor parking lot at 9:15 A.M.; return about 3:30. Leaders: Anne Ferguson and Nancy Schulz. Joint outing with Montpelier Senior Activity Center.
Sat Jul 14
July 14, Saturday - Hike. Eden. Moderate. 6 miles. Hike the LT and Babcock Trail near Eden, just south of Belvidere Mt. Devil's Gulch requires climbing over a few boulders. Leaders: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sat Jul 14
July 14, Saturday - Bike Ride. Northfield. Moderate. Carillon Concert at Norwich University. Pedal south from Montpelier to Northfield via Dog River Road and Route 12. Once in Northfield Falls, we'll stop at the general store for a leisurely lunch and then we'll continue a bit further to the campus of Norwich University where we'll sit on the lawn and enjoy a free carillon concert. Afterwards, we can go up into the tower to see the instrument up close and ask questions of the carillon player. Finally, we'll take our time biking back to Montpelier. Bring: Bicycle, helmet, money for lunch, spare tube, water, sunglasses, jacket. Meet at Department of Labor parking lot at 10:30 A.M.; return about 3:30. Leader: Nancy Schulz. Joint outing with Montpelier Senior Activity Center. (Cancelled based on the forecast of possible rain and thunderstorms)
Wed Jul 18
July 18, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Calais. Easy. East Montpelier/Calais Back Roads. 20 +/- miles. Leave 10 A.M. from the parking area at No. 10 Pond in Calais. Bring a lunch as there is no place to buy lunch. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Jul 21
July 21, Saturday - Hike. Victory. Moderate. 5.5 miles. Tentative: Subject to change. Hike in the Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area from the Damon's Crossing parking area along an old railroad bed and logging roads, passing wetlands, beaver ponds and softwood stands, to Bog Pond, where there is an old dam and mill site. Distance depends on the trail conditions (may be very wet due to beaver activity). Bring water, lunch and snack. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Tue Jul 24
July 24, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Waterbury. Moderate. 25 +/- miles. Waterbury to Huntington Gorge and return. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required. Leader: Mary Garcia. (Cancelled - No one called.)
Sun Jul 29
July 29, Sunday - Paddle Walk. Groton. Easy. Osmore Pond. Various distances. Walk or Canoe, Kayak. Bring a poem to share. PFD required if paddling. Leaders: George Longenecker or Cynthia Martin.
Tue Jul 31
July 31, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Morrisville. Moderate. 30-35 miles. Bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required. Leader: Mary Garcia.
Wed Aug 1
August 1, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Orange. Difficult. 30 +/- miles. Orange to Groton via Rte. 302. We may take a side dirt road part of the way. A great ice cream place in Groton. Meet at the Orange Heights rest area on the left on Rte. 302. Helment required. Leader: George Plumb.
Mon Aug 6
August 6, Monday - Paddle. Stowe. Easy. 3 hours. Little River and the Waterbury Reservoir from the boat launch access on Cotton Brook Road (off of Moscow Road) in the late afternoon/early evening. Optional swim. Distance depends on weather, water level, and the abilities of the group. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Wed Aug 8
August 8, Wednesday - Bike Ride. East Montpelier. Easy. 30 mile round trip. Cross VT Trail. Meet at the East Montpelier park and ride opposite the Washington Electric Coop at 9:30 A.M. We will then drive to Marshfield, take the Upper Road to the railroad bed and park near the bed. We will bike the bed down toward Groton village and stop for lunch at a scenic spot. We will then turn around and bike back. A beautiful forest covered trail using the old railroad bed. Bring lunch. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Aug 11
August 11, Saturday - Trail Magic Day. Duxbury. GMC organized this first Long Trail Day as more than a dozen hikes throughout the LT. Andrew and Reidun Nuquist organized our Section's Trail Magic Day as a continuation from previous years.
Tue Aug 14
August 14, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Williamstown Gulf. Difficult. 30 miles. Bike to Randolph Ctr. with a side trip to the Tower in Ainsworth State Park, to East Randolph and return along Rte. 14. Meet at the parking area by Staples Pond. Bring lunch or eat at the general store in Randolph Ctr., although they don't have much. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb. (rescheduled to August 21)
Sun Aug 19
August 19, Sunday - Hike. Eden. Difficult. 5.6 miles. Mt. Belvidere on Long Trail from Rte. 118 trailhead parking lot in Eden. Long-range views of two countries and three states from historic fire tower on the summit. Bring lunch and water. Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey.
Wed Aug 22
August 22, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Middlesex. Difficult. 40 +/- miles. Middlesex to Richmond. Difficult because of distance. Lunch at a restaurant in Richmond. Leave at 9:30 A.M. from the Middlesex park and ride. Helmet required. Leader: George Plumb. (replaced with the Brookfield ride, which was moved from the 14th to the 21st)
Tue Aug 28
August 28, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Berlin. Moderate. 25 miles. Berlin Pond to Brookfield Floating Bridge. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required. Leader: Mary Garcia. Cancelled due to weather.
Sat Sep 1
September 1, Saturday - Bike Ride. Moretown. Moderate. Moretown to Warren. 25 mile loop using hilly, unpaved back roads on the way to Warren, and Rte. 100 on the return. Lunch at the Warren General Store. Helmet required. Bring water. Leader: Nancy Schulz.
Tue Sep 4
September 4, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Orange. Difficult. Orange to Plainfield. 20+ miles. Reservoir Rd. to East Hill Rd. to Cameron Rd. to Plainfield. Helmet required. Bring water. 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: George Plumb.
Sat Sep 8
September 8, Saturday - Paddle. Hyde Park. Moderate. Green River Reservoir. Canoe or Kayak and possible swim. Must have your own boat and PFD. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Tue Sep 11
September 11, Tuesday - Bike Ride. West Danville. Moderate. 16+/- miles. West Danville to St. Johnsbury on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Helmet required. Bring water. Very scenic and some of it is like riding in a tunnel. Leave at the old railroad station in West Danville at 10:30 A.M. Lunch in St. Johnsbury. We will also meet at 9:30 at the East Montpelier Park and Ride to car pool. Leader: George Plumb.
Thur Sep 13
September 13, Thursday - Hike. North Fayston. Difficult. 5.2 miles. Burnt Rock Mountain. From North Fayston ascend the Hedgehog Brook Trail to the LTN to the summit. Return by same route. Bring water. Leader: Morgan Irons. Rescheduled, then cancelled due to lack of interest
Sat Sep 15
September 15, Saturday - Hike. Middlesex. Moderate. Middlesex Town Forest. Explore new trails being developed in this scenic area. Bring water. Leaders: George Longenecker or Cynthia Martin.
Sun Sep 16
September 16, Sunday - Hike. Lemington. Moderate. 5 miles. Mt. Monadnock. Enjoy fantastic views from the summit forest tower. Bring food and liquid for a day's hike. Leader: Michael Chernick.
Wed Sep 19
September 19, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Northfield. Moderate. 35+/- miles. Randolph Loop. Helmet required. Bring water and lunch. Leaders: Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia.
Thur Sep 20
September 20, Thursday - Paddle. Greensboro. Moderate. 3 hours. Caspian Lake with optional dinner stop afterwards at Positive Pie in Hardwick. Bring water. PFD required. Leader: Nancy Schulz.
Thur Sep 20
September 20, Thursday - Hike. Elmore. Easy. 3.7 mile loop. Mt. Elmore. Up the Fire Tower Trail to the summit and tower, descend on the Balancing Rock and the Ridge Trails. Bring water. Leader: Morgan Irons. This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday 19 September.
Sat Sep 22
September 22, Saturday - Hike. Barre Town. Easy. 6 miles. Millstone Quarries. These historic quarries contain some of the finest autumn scenery in the area. Bring water. Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey.
Sun Sep 23
September 23, Sunday - Hike. Warren. Moderate. 5.2 miles round trip. Mt. Abraham via the LT from Lincoln Gap. 1,600' elevation gain. Bring water. Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey.
Tue Sep 25
September 25, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Washington. Moderate. 12+/- miles. Bring water. Helmet required. Meet at the home of George Plumb, 305 Plumb Rd., Washington, at 10:00 A.M. Bike back roads, including Class 4 roads with some neat historic sites and interesting views. Lunch at Dixies in Chelsea and then return home by other roads but none back-country. Leader: George Plumb.
Wed Sep 26
September 26, Wednesday - Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. Members are welcome. 7:00 P.M. You may bring a dessert to share.
Sun Sep 26
September 26, Wednesday - Bicycle Ride to Worcester. (Not on calendar) Leader: George Plumb
Thur Sep 27
September 27, Thursday - Paddle. Waterbury Center. Easy. 4-8 miles. Distance depends on weather and abilities of the group. Waterbury Center State Park. PFD required. Bring water. Leader: Steve or Heather Bailey. (Cancelled: lack of interest)
Sat Sep 29
September 29, Saturday - Hike. Duxbury. Moderate. 7.4 miles. Moderate distance and pace. Camel's Hump. Hike a loop from Duxbury trailhead (Dean Trail to Long Trail to Monroe Trail). May see early fall colors. Bring water, lunch and snacks and wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Sat Sep 29
September 29, Saturday - Hike. Hubbardton. Moderate. Taconic Mountain Ramble, the newest jewel in the VT state park system. Approximately five miles of trails, meadows, vistas, and waterfalls will be explored on this moderately difficult hiking trip. A Japanese garden is one of the highlights. The park has no facilities so it's important to bring plenty of water along with lunch. Bring a Green Mountain Passport, if you have one, for a possible visit to Hubbarton Battlefield (located next door.) Driving time is 1 hr. 45 min each way. Leaders: Kevin Ryan and Nancy Schulz.
Wed Oct 3
October 3, Wednesday - Hike. Stowe. Easy. 1.5 miles. Easy distance with a moderate climb. New Barnes Camp Loop on the Long Trail, Stowe. If there is interest, we may also hike the new section of the LT heading up Mt. Mansfield, or go to Sterling Pond. Meet at the Dept. of Labor at 9:00 A.M. or 10:00 A.M. at the new LT parking lot across from Barnes Camp. Bring water. Leader: Charlene Bohl.
Sat Oct 6
October 6, Saturday - Hike. Middlesex. 11.8 mile loop. Difficult ascent and descent, Moderate crossover. Hunger & Worcester Mountains. Bring lunch and water. We'll spot a car in Worcester, then drive to North Bear Swamp Road in Middlesex, climb the Middlesex Trail to the summit of Mt. Hunger, follow the Worcester Range ridgeline on the Skyline Trail to the summit of Mt. Worcester, and descend the Worcester Mountain Trail. Leader: Morgan Irons.
Wed Oct 10
October 10, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Stowe. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Moss Glenn Falls to Morrisville and return on Randolph Road. Helmet required. Bring water. Plan to have lunch at the Bakery in Morrisville. Leaders: Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia.
Sat Oct 13
October 13, Saturday - Work Hike. Stowe. Rain Date: October 14, 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: John Buddington.
Wed Oct 17
October 17, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Northfield. Difficult. 40 mile loop. Northfield to Randolph via Rte. 12A and back via Rte. 12. Lunch at casual restaurant in Randolph. Bring water. Helmet required. Leader: Nancy Schulz. (Cancelled due to weather)
Sat Oct 20
October 20, Saturday - Work Hike. Duxbury. Rain Date: October 21, Sunday. All abilities needed and 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: Alan Paschell.
Mon Oct 22
October 22, Monday - Paddle. Chittenden. Moderate. 3+ hrs. on the water. Chittenden Reservoir. Bring PFD and bag lunch. Leader: Nancy Schulz.
Wed Oct 24
October 24, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Moderate. 26 miles. Bike to Waterbury via Stevens Brook Road, and return on Rte. 2. Helmet required. Bring water and lunch or buy in Waterbury. Leaders: Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia.
Sat Oct 27
October 27, Saturday - Hike. Underhill Center. Difficult. 6.1 mile loop. Butler Lodge. From the Stevensville Road in Underhill Center, ascend the Butler Lodge Trail (some difficult sections), take the Wallace Cutoff, and descend via the LTS (moderate) and Nebraska Notch Trail (easy). Leader: Morgan Irons.
Tue Oct 30
October 30, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Washington. Moderate. 10+/- miles. Circular loop around the ridge behind George's home and return. Bring water. Helmet required. Leave at 10:00 A.M. from his home and return about 12:30 P.M., where lunch will be provided as a token of gratitude for going on the trips. Also hike up the ridge that we just biked around. Be sure to bring long pants to help prevent tick bites. Must Call Leader: George Plumb.
Sat Nov 3
November 3, Saturday - Walk. Calais. Easy. 5+/- miles. Number 10 Pond to Cranberry Meadow Road and back. See petroglyph, possibly migrating waterfowl. Bring water, lunch and snacks. Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Mon Nov 5
November 5, Monday - Hike. Plainfield. Moderate. 7+ miles round trip. Seyon Lodge State Park in Groton from base of Spruce Mountain in Plainfield. Rolling terrain, wet in places. Bring bag lunch and water. Email Leader: Nancy Schulz.
Wed Nov 7
November 7, Wednesday - Hike. Waterbury. Moderate. 7+/- miles. Perry Hill network of trails in Waterbury. Rolling terrain with steep sections and some narrow bridge crossings. Bring water and bag lunch. Email Leader: Nancy Schulz.
Sat Nov 10
November 10, Saturday - Walk. Stowe. Easy. 3-5 miles. Enjoy a fall walk on the bike path. Plan to have lunch at McCarthy's. Leaders: Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia.

Montpelier Section reports in the 2019 Long Trail News

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