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Montpelier Section

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Our annual meeting took place Saturday, April 5, at the parish hall of Christ Episcopal Church.

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THE TREKKERS are a group of people - mostly retired - who like the outdoors, and believe in staying active. Everyone is welcome! We get together during the week to hike, bike, paddle, ski, or snowshoe - depending on the season. 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.

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.)


Gleason Brook in Camels Hump State Park, October 2009

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.

Trails Are Closed During Mud Season . . . until Memorial Day. For details, and suggestions on where to hike during Mud Season, click here

April 2014

April 5, Saturday - Meeting. Montpelier. Annual Meeting of the Montpelier Section. Christ Episcopal Church parish hall. Details here.

April 8, Tuesday - Walk. Warren. Moderate. 5 miles. West Hill loop is moderately steep with fine views of the Mad River Valley. Meet behind the Dept. of Labor, next to Montpelier bike path. Bring snack and water. Contact Leaders: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 for meeting time.

April 13, Sunday - Walk. East Montpelier. Easy. 6+/- miles. Walk a portion of the East Montpelier Trails. Some unpaved roads. Contact Leader: Ken Hertz, 229-4737 or treasurer@gmcmontpelier.org for meeting time and place.

April 13, Sunday - YAC. TBA. Easy. Young Adventurers Club. Contact Leaders: Lexi Shear, 229-9810, or Mike Wetherell, 223-8493, for meeting time and place.

April 19, Saturday - Walk. Middlesex/Moretown. Easy. 4-6 mile history road walk along Rte. 100B to visit two former hydro electric power plant sites, and a third site still in operation. Some pictures to view of the buildings as they existed many years ago. Contact Leader: Manny Garcia, 622-0585 for meeting time and place.

April 26, Saturday - Walk. Berlin Pond. Easy. 5 mile road walk with possible extension to 8 miles according to group preference and leader's whim. Contact Leader: Kevin Ryan, 249-8849 or pinewhisp@comcast.net for meeting time and place.

April 27, Sunday - Date changed to May 6   Hike. Waterbury. Moderate. 5-6 miles. Little River State Park. Spring wildflower and history hike. Bring water and lunch. Call Leaders: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or marlong@myfairpoint.net for meeting time and place.

April 29, Tuesday - Bike Ride. Montpelier. Easy. 12 miles. Ride from Montpelier to Middlesex and return. Bring lunch and water. Helmet required. Contact Leaders: Mary Garcia, 622-0585 or Mary Smith 505-0603 for meeting time and place.

May 2014

May 3, Saturday - Hike. Moscow. Moderate. 10+/- miles. Cotton Brook loop trail. Contact Leader: Phyllis Rubenstein, 223-0020 or phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net for meeting time and further information.

May 4, Sunday - Walk. Stowe. Easy. 10 miles round trip. Stowe Bike Path. Paved. Contact Leader: Michael Chernick, 249-0520 or chernick5@comcast.net for meeting time and place.

May 6, Tuesday - Moved from April 27   Hike. Waterbury. Moderate. 5-6 miles. Little River State Park. Spring wildflower and history hike. Bring water and lunch. Call Leaders: George Longenecker and Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or marlong@myfairpoint.net for meeting time and place.

May 10, Saturday - Work Hike. Duxbury. All abilities. 3-4 miles round trip. Spring 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. Leader: Fred Jordan, 223-3935 or trails@gmcmontpelier.org.

May 11, Sunday - Walk. Moscow. Easy. 4-5 hours. Cotton Brook Road. Loop with short uphill stretch. Meet at MHS. Contact Leader: Ken Hertz, 229-4737 or treasurer@gmcmontpelier.org for meeting time.

May 11, Sunday - YAC. TBA. Easy. Young Adventurers Club. Contact Leaders: Lexi Shear, 229-9810, or Mike Wetherell, 223-8493 for meeting time and place.

May 13, Tuesday - Paddle. Marshfield. Moderate. Marshfield (Molly's Falls) Reservoir. Get your boats in the water for an early season paddle. Bring lunch and water. PFD required. Meet at Rte. 2 reservoir boat launch. Contact Leaders: Reidun and Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 for meeting time.

May 17, Saturday - Work Hike. Stowe. All abilities. Various distances. Smugglers' Notch. Spring 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. Leader: Fred Jordan, 223-3935 or trails@gmcmontpelier.org.

May 18, Sunday - Walk. Burlington. Easy. 10 miles round trip. Burlington Bike Path. From Echo Center to the Colchester municipal line across the Winooski River bridge and return. Contact Leader: Michael Chernick, 249-0520 or chernick5@comcast.net for meeting time and place.

May 20, Tuesday - Hike. Barre. Moderate. 3-4 miles. Steady pace. Circumnavigate the Barre Town Forest on Millstone Hill, peering into scenic quarry holes and climbing lookouts along the way. Meet in Barre City at 12:30. Call Leader: Steve Lightholder, 479-2304 for meeting place and details.

May 24, Saturday - Hike. Duxbury. Difficult. Backpack to Bamforth Ridge Shelter for overnight stay, with a hike to Camel's Hump summit the following day on the LT and then hike out. 2.7 miles to shelter; 3.7 miles to summit from shelter; round trip 12.8 miles. Contact Leaders: John Buddington and Kathy Gohl, 229-0725, or vicepresident@gmcmontpelier.org for meeting time and place.


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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