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Events and reports for 2019

Montpelier Section reports in the 2019 Long Trail News
Sat Jan 5
January 5, Saturday - Cross-country Ski. Bolton. Easy. Various distances. All abilities. Bolton Touring Center. Trail fee. Bring lunch and water.     Leaders: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia.
Wed Jan 9
January 9, Wednesday - Meeting. Middlesex. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. Members are welcome. 7:00 P.M. You may bring a dessert to share.
Sat Jan 12
January 12, Saturday - Hike. Huntington. 4.8 miles. Moderate to Difficult. Camel's Hump via Burrows Trail. Start at the Burrows trail-head in Huntington and hike up to Camel's Hump, returning on the same trail. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leaders: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Sun Jan 13
January 13, Sunday - Cross-country Ski. Craftsbury. Moderate. 6-10 miles. Moderate Pace and Terrain. Cross-country Ski the leader's favorite trails at Craftsbury Touring Center. Experience required. Cross-country (classic or skate) skis required or may be rented at the Center. Bring water, snacks, and lunch or purchase at the Center. Trail fee or pass required.     Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein.
Thu Jan 17
January 17, Thursday - Meeting. Montpelier. Membership Meeting. T.W. Wood Gallery, 7:00 P.M., "Hiking off the Beaten Path".
Sun Jan 27
January 27, Sunday - Hike. Stowe. Moderate. 3.2 or 4.0 miles. Taylor Lodge from Lake Mansfield. Hike to Taylor lodge (3.2 miles), and if conditions are good, we will do the Clara Bow loop (0.8 miles) as well. Snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions.     Leaders: Steve and Heather Bailey.
Tue Jan 29
January 29, Tuesday - Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Moderate. Ski from Stowe Mountain Resort to Trapps cabin. Trail fee. Bring lunch and water or buy at cabin.     Leaders: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia.
Wed Jan 30
January 30, Wednesday - Cross-country Ski. Stowe. 6 miles. Moderate to Difficult. Barnes Camp over Smugglers' Notch on the highway to Jeffersonville. Metal edged skis are not required, but helpful if the snow is hard packed.     Leaders: Steve and Heather Bailey. Cancelled: no one signed up.
Wed Feb 13
February 13, Wednesday - Cross-country Ski. Craftsbury. Moderate. Various distances. All abilities. Craftsbury Touring Center. Trail fee or pass required. Bring lunch and water or buy at the center.     Leaders: Mary Smith and Mary Garcia. (moved to Feb 14)
Sat Feb 16
February 16, Saturday - Snowshoe. Waterville. Moderate. 4 miles. Laraway Mountain via LT. From the Codding Hollow trailhead we'll snowshoe to the ice formations, and on to the Lamoille Valley overview, returning the same way. Crampons may be preferable depending on trail conditions.     Leader: Morgan Irons.
Sat Feb 23
February 23, Saturday - Snowshoe. Waterbury. Moderate. 4 miles. Little River State Park. Bring drink and snacks.     Leaders: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin.
Sun Mar 3
March 3, Sunday - Cross-country Ski. Huntingdon. (revised) Various distances. All abilities. Trail fee. Ski the groomed trails of the Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntingdon. Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey.
Wed Mar 6
March 6, Wednesday - Cross-country Ski. Stowe. Various distances. All abilities. Stowe Mountain Resort. Trail fee. Bring lunch. Contact Leaders: Mary Garcia or Mary Smith for meeting time and place.
Sun Mar 10
March 10, Sunday - Cross-country Ski. Elmore. Hardwick Flats road. Easy/Moderate. Several loops are available of varying lengths. On private land which is open to the public at no charge. Bring lunch and water. Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey for meeting time and place.
Wed Mar 13
March 13, Wednesday - Meeting. Montpelier. Social and slide-show Membership Meeting. Non-members welcome. Pictures by the Nuquists from Hurtigruten (fast route), a twelve-day, 2400-mile round-trip coastal voyage between Bergen, Norway, and Kirkenes, Norway, near the Russian boarder on the Barents Sea. Said to be the world's most beautiful voyage. 7:00 P.M. at the T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier. Entrance on left side of Center for Arts and Learning.
Sat Mar 16
March 16, Saturday - Cross-country Ski. Greensboro. 12 miles. Moderate/Difficult terrain and moderate pace. Ski from Highland Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury. Experienced skiers only. Take shuttle from COC to Highland Lodge. Classic or skate skis may be rented at COC. Trail free and shuttle bus fee required. Bring water, lunch, and snacks for the trail, and wear layered clothing. Food may also be purchased at COC. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein for meeting time and place.
Sat Mar 23
March 23, Saturday - Hike. Elmore. Moderate. 5 miles. Hike or snowshoe up Mt. Elmore, ascending by the most direct route and descending via Balanced Rock. Great views from the fire tower of the Green Mountains and also the Whites (weather permitting). Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey for meeting time and place.
Tue Apr 2
April 2, 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. Bring lunch or there is a Quick Stop in Chelsea to buy food. Contact: George Plumb.
Tue Apr 9
April 9, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Worcester. Moderate. 30 +/- miles. Worcester to Elmore on Rte. 12. Leave at 10:00 A.M. from the Worcester Town Office. Eat lunch at the Elmore General Store. Contact: George Plumb.
Tue Apr 16
April 16, Tuesday - 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 from the Orange Recreation Area just up Reservoir Rd. from Rte. 302. Contact: George Plumb.
Tue Apr 23
April 23, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. Montpelier to Adamant. 15 +/- miles. 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. Contact: George Plumb.
Sat Apr 27
April 27, Saturday - Walk. Adamant. Easy. 5 miles. Walk around Sodom Pond. Contact Leaders: Mary Smith or Mary Garcia for meeting time and place.
Tue Apr 30
April 30, Tuesday - Bike Ride. East Montpelier. Easy. East Montpelier/Calais Back Roads. 20 +/- miles. Leave from the parking area at #10 Pond in Calais at 10:00 A.M. Bring a lunch as there is no place to buy lunch. Contact: George Plumb .
Wed May 1
May 1, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Plainfield. Easy. Cross Vermont Trail. 20 +/- miles. Plainfield to Marshfield. Meet at the parking area near the Humane Society on Rte. 14. Bring your lunch. Meet at 10:00 A.M. Contact: George Plumb.
Sat May 4
May 4, Saturday - Meeting. Montpelier. Section Annual Meeting. Location changed to Christ Church, 64 Main St, Montpelier. See Trail Talk for details. See minutes from last year's meeting at gmcmontpelier.org/executive/2018/0428/index.htm.
Sun May 5
May 5, Sunday - Hike. Peacham. 5.5 miles. Easy terrain and moderate pace. Hike from near Martin's Pond in Peacham to Peacham Bog in Groton State Forest to see early bog and woodland plants. Optional hike on loop trail to Devil's Hill (Easy 1.4 miles) for a view of Peacham Bog and Peacham Pond. Bring water, lunch, and snack. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein for meeting time and place.
Wed May 8
May 8, Wednesday - Bike Ride. Middlesex. Easy. 12 miles. Ride from Middlesex to Moretown and back. Bring water, lunch, or buy at the Moretown Store. Helmet required. Contact: Mary Smith or Mary Garcia for meeting time and place.
Sat May 11
May 11, Saturday - Work Hike. Duxbury. Bamforth Ridge. 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. Bring lunch, water, and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M. Contact Leader: Alan Paschell.
Sun May 12
May 12, Sunday - Walk. Stowe. Easy. Paved 10 miles round trip. Stowe Bike Path. Contact Leader: Michael Chernick.
Tue May 14
May 14, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Danville. Difficult. 25 +/- miles. Danville to St. Johnsbury on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Continuous downhill to St. J. but then a two hour uphill back. Meet at the E. Montpelier park and ride to carpool at 9:30 A.M. Bike from the old railroad station just east of Danville. Lunch at a restaurant in St. J. Contact: George Plumb.
Sat May 18
May 18, Saturday - Work Hike. Stowe. 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, the Sterling Pond Trail from Smugglers' Notch, and the Barnes Camp Loop from the picnic area. 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 20
May 20, Monday - Hike. Marshfield. Easy. 4 +/- miles. Stranahan Forest. On our late afternoon/early evening hike, we will see spring wildflowers and explore vernal ponds. Bring snacks and water. Optional dinner afterwards at Positive Pie in Plainfield. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein for meeting time and place.
Tue May 21
May 21, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Edgewater. Moderate. 20 +/-mile round trip. Cross Vermont Trail. Meet at 10:00 A.M. Bring lunch. From Marshfield, drive up Depot Rd. to Edgewater where you can park near the trail. Bike down the old railroad bed into Groton State Forest and stop at whatever point we feel is far enough for lunch, and return. A beautiful forest covered trail using the old railroad bed. Contact: George Plumb.
Mon May 27
May 27, Monday - Hike. Groton/Peacham. Moderate. 5-6 miles. Groton State Forest History and Wildflower Hike. See what's in bloom and learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Bring lunch and water. Park entrance fee. Contact Leaders: George Longenecker or Cynthia Martin for meeting time and place.
Tue May 28
May 28, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Williamstown Gulf. 24 +/- miles. Moderate/Difficult. Williamstown Gulf to East Randolph with a stop at the Floating Bridge. Return on Rte. 14. Meet at 10:00 A.M. in the parking area at Williamstown Gulf. Bring lunch. Contact: George Plumb.
Fri May 31
May 31, Friday - Meeting. Roxbury. Green Mountain Club Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Montpelier Section. See page 1 for some details, and Long Trail News for complete details.
Sat Jun 1
June 1, Saturday - Meeting. Roxbury. GMC Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Montpelier Section. Schedule of Events in the Spring issue of the Long Trail News. Business meeting in the morning, afternoon hikes, dinner in the evening.
Tue Jun 4
June 4, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Tunbridge. The covered bridges. Easy to Moderately Difficult. 20 miles +/-. We will stop at three covered bridges and discuss their history, and Joseph Smith Memorial if we have the energy. Meet at 10:00 A.M. at the first Tunbridge Fairgrounds parking area heading south on Rte. 110. Helmet required. Contact Leader: George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.com.
Sat Jun 8
June 8, Saturday - Unscheduled work hike, covering parts of the Smugglers' Notch / Sterling Pond trails that were blocked by snow during the May 18th scheduled work hike.
Tue Jun 11
June 11, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Montpelier to Northfield Falls to Moretown to Middlesex, and back to Montpelier. 35 +/- miles. Very Difficult. Leave at 9:30 A.M. from the parking lot behind the Dept. of Labor. Lunch in Moretown. Contact Leader: George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.com.
Mon Jun 17
June 17, Monday - Paddle. Middlesex. Easy. 3 hours. Distance depends on weather, water level, and the abilities of the group. Wrightsville Reservoir in late afternoon/early evening and see beavers, herons, and other wildlife. Optional swim. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein, Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net or 793-6313 for meeting time and place.
Tue Jun 18
June 18, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Northfield. Difficult. 40 +/- miles. Northfield to Randolph Loop. All paved roads. Bike Rte. 12 South, stop for lunch at the Randolph recreation area, and return via Rte. 12A with a stop for a break at the country store in Roxbury. Contact Leader: George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.com for meeting time and place.
Tue Jun 25
June 25, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Washington Heights. Easy. 15 +/- miles. Around George's "Block" in Washington. All on dirt roads, part of which is a Class IV road, all in good condition. Bike around the ridge behind George's home. Arrive back about noon for lunch provided by George. After lunch those who want, can take a thirty-minute walk to his end of the ridge where one can see West from Killington to Mansfield and East to the White Mountains. Contact Leader: George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.com for meeting time and place.
Sat Jun 29
June 29, Saturday - Hike. Lowell. Difficult. 7.9 miles. Belvidere Mtn. We'll hike a loop involving the Frank Post, Long, and Forester's Trails. We'll pass Tillotson Camp and have lunch at the fire tower on the top of Belvidere, enjoying the expansive views. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and layers. Contact Co-leaders: Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@gmail.com or Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Sun Jun 30
June 30, Sunday - Hike. Middlesex. Easy to Moderate. 4 miles. Middlesex Town Forest. We'll explore the trails being developed in the hills at the south end of the Worcester Range. Bring water and snacks. Co-sponsored by the Middlesex Conservation Commission. Contact co-leaders: George Longenecker or Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or marlong@myfairpoint.net for meeting time and place.
Mon Jul 1
July 1, Monday - Paddle. Marshfield. Easy. 3 hours. Distance depends on weather, water level, and the abilities of the group. Paddle Molly's Falls Pond (Marshfield Reservoir) in late afternoon/early evening. Optional swim. Must have PFD and your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Sat Jul 6
July 6, Saturday - Hike. Lyme, NH. Difficult. 8 miles. Smarts Mountain. We'll ascend via the Lambert Ridge Trail, enjoying numerous views along the way. The summit features more views with a fire tower and ranger cabin. After lunch, we'll descend via the Ranger Trail. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and layers. Contact Co-leaders: Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@gmail.com or Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Wed Jul 10
July 10, Wednesday - Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee regular quarterly meeting. Members are welcome. 7:00 P.M. You may bring a dessert to share. Contact: president@gmcmontpelier.org or 622-4516 for meeting time and place.
Sat Jul 13
July 13, Saturday - Hike. Underhill Center. Difficult. 9 +/- mile loop. Mt. Mansfield from Underhill side. Ascend the Maple Ridge Trail from the CCC Road and descend via the Sunset Ridge Trail. Variety of terrain and views. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and layers. Contact Co-leaders: Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@gmail.com or Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Sat Jul 27
July 27, Saturday - Hike. Peacham. Easy. 5.5 miles. Near Martin's Pond to Peacham Bog in Groton State Forest and see bog plants including pitcher plant, labrador tea, bog laurel, and cotton grass. Optional hike on loop trail to Devil's Hill Mountain (additional 1.4 miles) for a view of Peacham Bog and Peacham Pond. Bring water, lunch, and snack. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Sat Aug 3
August 3, Saturday - Other. Long Trail Day. Includes "trail angels" and fund-raising hikers. Watch the GMC website (greenmountainclub.org) for details.
Sat Aug 10
August 10, Saturday - Hike. Windsor. Difficult. 8 miles. Mt. Ascutney. Ascend via the Futures Trail, enjoying views along the way. More views are found at the summit courtesy of an observation tower. We'll check out the premier hang gliding site in New England. After lunch, we'll descend via the Brownsville Trail. Car spot required. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and layers. Contact Co-leaders: Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@gmail.com or Kevin Ryan, 249-8849 or pinewhisp@comcast.net for meeting time and place.
Wed Aug 14
August 14, Wednesday - Hike. Warren. Easy. 4 miles. 450' elevation gain. A brief stop to admire scenic Warren Falls, followed by a hike on the Blueberry Lake trail system. Optional swim in the lake afterwards. Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or stevecbailey@gmail.com for meeting time and place.
Sat Aug 17
August 17, Saturday - Hike. Franconia, NH. Difficult. 11 +/- miles. Ascend to the Franconia Ridgeline via the Liberty Springs Trail (with optional summit of Mt. Liberty) and continue north along the ridgeline to Mt. Lafayette. We will descend to the Greenleaf Hut and then on the Bridle Path. Bring lunch, snacks, and water (snacks may be purchased and water obtained at the Greenleaf Hut). Wear/bring layered clothing suitable for the valley, woods, and the ridgeline/summits. Car spot necessary. Contact Co-leaders: Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net or Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@gmail.com for meeting time and place.
Sun Aug 18
August 18, Sunday - Hike. Westmore. Moderate. 4.5 miles. 1500 ft elevation gain. Mt. Pisgah, on the shore of Lake Willoughby. One of the most scenic areas of Vermont. We will hike the mountain and then go for a swim at the beach afterwards. Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or stevecbailey@gmail.com for meeting time and place.
Thur Aug 22
August 22, Thursday - Paddle. Stowe. Easy. 2-3 hours +/- on Thursday. (Optional overnight camping to August 24, Saturday). Paddle 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. PFD required and bring your own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner or snack. Optional overnight camping at designated campsite on reservoir and paddle on reservoir and/or hike on Cotton Brook Trails on Friday, August 23 to Saturday, August 24. In which case, participants must bring tent, sleeping bag and pad, clothing, cooking gear, food, etc. Overnight limited to 8 participants. If group campsite is not full Thursday, possibility of joining group on Friday. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Sat Aug 24
August 24, Saturday - Hike. Fayston. Moderate. 4.2 miles. 1300' elevation gain. Appalachian Gap on Rte. 17 south on the Long Trail to Stark's Nest at the top of the historic single chairlift at Mad River Glen. Great views from the top. Contact Leaders: Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or stevecbailey@gmail.com for meeting time and place.

Montpelier Section reports in the 2020 Long Trail News

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