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Doris Washburn received the 2014 President's Award Doris, with past president Marge Fish, president Jean Haigh, and award co-recipient Bill Lyons
Doris, with past president Marge Fish, president Jean Haigh, and award co-recipient Bill Lyons

The Trekkers () are a group of people who like the outdoors, enjoy each other's company, and believe in staying active. We get together during the week to hike, bike, paddle, ski, or snowshoe, depending on the season. Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be retired to join! Outings are announced by e-mail only, often just a few days in advance. To be added to The Trekkers e-mail list, contact Nancy Jordan at trekkers@gmcmontpelier.org.

Kids and parents, join the (Young Adventurers Club)!

A spring Young Adventurers Club   outing


Read about construction of the Winooski Bridge. (Click on the picture for a larger image.)

Planning a trip? Check the sunrise/sunset times and some past easier trips and trip sequences

Vermont Hunting Season posted at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website.

The revised Section Leaders' Handbook is on the GMC web site. See the links at the bottom of this page for the main text and the appendices.

This web site is dedicated to Dave Blumenthal, our chief designer and webmaster until his untimely death in 2010.

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Archives shows all known, scheduled outings of the Montpelier Section, since its establishment in 1955.

September 2014

September 20, Saturday - Hike. Westmore. Moderate. 4.2 miles. Bald Mt. in the Northeast Kingdom, to viewless peak with a fire tower. Contact Leaders: John Buddington and Kathy Gohl, 229-0725 or vicepresident@gmcmontpelier.org for meeting time and place.

September 23, Tuesday - Hike. Barre Town. Moderate. 4 miles. Millstone Hill. Ramble around the abandoned quarries and grout piles. Check out some trails not previously explored by GMC. Contact Leader: Steve Lightholder, 479-2304 for meeting time and place.

September 28, Sunday - Hike. Eden. Moderate. Hike the Long Trail from Eden Crossing and climb the 70 ft. tower on Belvidere Mountain. About 6 miles (round trip) with 2,100 ft. elevation gain. Contact Leader: Ken Hertz at hertzkj@gmail.com for meeting time and place.

October 2014

October 4, Saturday - Hike. Westmore. Moderate. 4-5 miles. 1,500 ft. elevation gain. Mt. Pisgal. Pleasant hike to a dramatic mountain vista and clifftop view of Lake Willoughby. Round trip from the south parking lot. Contact Leaders: Christie Carter and Kevin Ryan, 249-8849 or publicity@gmcmontpelier.org for meeting time and place.

October 5, Sunday - Hike. Hancock and Ripton. Moderate. 7 miles. Hike through a pleasant deciduous forest with a visit to Skylight Pond; check out Silent Cliff on the way back. Contact Leader: Steve Lightholder, 479-2304 for meeting time and place.

October 7, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Stowe. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Helmet required. Stowe through Morrisville and return on Randolph Road. Bring lunch and water or buy lunch in Morrisville. Contact Leaders: Mary Garcia, 622-0585, or Mary Smith, 505-0603 for meeting time and place.

October 11, Saturday - YAC. Young Adventurers Club. Easy. Contact Leaders: Lexi Shear, 229-9810, or Mike Wetherell, 223-8493 for trip location, details and meeting time and place.

October 12, Sunday - Hike. Plainfield. Easy. 4 miles round trip. Spruce Mountain. Great views from the fire tower. 1200 ft. elevation gain. Contact Leader: Ken Hertz at hertzkj@gmail.com for meeting time and place.

October 14, Tuesday - Hike. Stowe. Moderate. 5 miles. Shorter or longer options available. Our route will be mostly in the woods, sometimes in fields, often hilly, and always with easy footing. Bring lunch, water and dress for the weather. Meet at Dept. of Labor parking lot next to the Montpelier recreation path. Contact Leaders: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 for meeting time.

October 15, Wednesday - Meeting. Montpelier. Executive Committee meeting at 6:00 and Membership meeting at 7:30. See page 1 of Trail Talk for more information.

October 18, Saturday - Hike. Worcester. Moderate. 5 +/- miles. Climb to the summit of Mt. Worcester. Meet at the Worcester Town Hall at 9:00 AM. Contact Leader: Charlene Bohl, 229-9908 or charlenebohl@comcast.net.

October 19, Sunday - Paddle. St. Albans. Moderate. 3 miles to 10-12 miles, depending on weather. St Albans Bay, and, if the weather is good, we'll go out to Burton or Woods Island. Contact Leader: Eric Seidel, 223-1406 for meeting time and place.

October 25, Saturday - Work Hike. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Smugglers' Notch. Fall walk-thru on the LT/Elephant's Head and Sterling Pond Trails. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M. Contact Leader: Fred Jordan, 223-3935 or trails@gmcmontpelier.org.

November 2014

November 1, Saturday - Work Hike. Duxbury. All abilities. 3-4 miles round trip. Fall walk-thru on the LT/ to Bamforth Ridge Shelter. Bring lunch. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Meet at MHS at 8:00 A.M. Contact Leader: Fred Jordan, 223-3935 or trails@gmcmontpelier.org.

November 2, Sunday - Walk. Burlington. Easy but with a steady pace. 4 miles. Ramble through the Intervale and Ethan Allen Park. Contact Leader: Steve Lightholder, 479-2304 for meeting time and place.

November 9, Sunday - YAC. Young Adventurers Club. Easy. Contact Leaders: Lexi Shear, 229-9810, or Mike Wetherell, 223-8493 for trip location, details, and meeting time and place.

November 9, Sunday - Hike. Montpelier. Moderate. 7 miles. North Branch Park. We will start from the swimming pool (off Elm St.), hike through North Branch Park to Sparrow Farm, and return via North St. to complete the loop. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the swimming pool parking lot. Contact Leaders: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 for meeting time.

November 15, Saturday - Information. State of Vermont. First day of rifle deer hunting season. For details, see this site

November 16, Sunday - Hike. Waterbury. Easy. 4 mile loop. Little River State Park. The History Trail uses the Hedgehog Brook and Dalley Loop trails. 650 ft. elevation gain. Contact Leader: Ken Hertz at hertzkj@gmail.com for meeting time and place.

November 18, Tuesday - Hike. Peacham. Moderate. 3 miles. This scenic loop includes a section of the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, Penny Road, and Penny Street. Bring lunch and water. Meet at M.H.S. Contact Leaders: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 for meeting time.

November 23, Sunday - Walk. Burlington. Easy. 10 miles. Burlington bike path. Begin at the Echo Center and walk about 5 miles north to the bridge spanning the Winooski at the Colchester town line, and then return. Contact Leader: Michael Chernick, 249-0520 or chernick5@comcast.net for meeting time and place.

November 30, Sunday - Information. State of Vermont. Last day of rifle deer hunting season.


Check the Web Calendar for future Montpelier Section events; they go through the approval cycle quarterly, in preparation for each issue of Trail Talk, before moving to this page. Check the whole GMC calendar for more events.


General Information

Contact Leader.  Notify the trip leader if you plan to participate.  You don't want to be left behind, and the leader wants to know how large the group will be. Check the suitability of the outing for your fitness, skill and equipment.

Always contact trip leader before bringing a dog.

Be prepared.  Always bring appropriate gear for the event you are attending - lunch, liquid, snacks, footwear and clothing appropriate to the season and weather. For example, a flashlight is recommended for all-day and winter events  since return after sunset is possible. And remember that weather in the mountains can be more severe than in the valleys.

Meeting Place.  Unless otherwise noted, trips leave from the Montpelier High School (MHS) parking lot.

Difficulty Ratings.  The rating levels of difficulty are easy, moderate, and difficult. See guidelines from the Trip Leaders' Handbook.

  • Easy - Accessible to all in good physical condition; suitable for families with children.
  • Moderate - Requires a degree of stamina; some previous experience is desirable.
  • Difficult - Challenging events for people in good physical condition; previous experience necessary.
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