THURSDAY HIKES SCHEDULE – 2017

The Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. sponsors a series of hikes at a less strenuous pace for seniors.  Hikes typically cover 2-4 miles, involve limited to moderate elevation gain, and try to avoid treacherous footing. 

The Rutland Recreation and Parks Dept. sponsors a series of hikes at a less strenuous pace for seniors.  Hikes typically cover 2-4 miles, involve limited to moderate elevation gain, and try to avoid treacherous footing.  Bring water and a lunch, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared for Vermont weather.  Bring bug spray, and guard against ticks by wearing long sleeves and pants.  Meet on Thursdays at 9 am at the Godnick Center on Deer Street to car pool.  We return in early to mid-afternoon.

For further details, call hike leader. All are welcome.

NOTE: Hikes are subject to change due to weather and/or trail conditions.  (…..and please, no dogs.)

June 1       Jamaica State Park**, Jamaica                                                                                                              Bob Perkins  

                   Hike West River Trail to Ball Mt. Dam--easy; on to Hamilton Falls (opt.)--moderate.                      773-1084

June 15     Hartness Park, Springfield                                                                                                                     Renée Warren

                   Follow a nice woodland trail to lookout on old ski jump. Moderate.                                                747-4466

 June 29     Deer Leap, Killington                                                                                                                             Lyn Drigert    

                   Climb this Long Trail spur trail to spectacular overlook. Moderate                                                 775-7038

July 13      Shaw Mountain, Benson                                                                                                                       Edith Kellogg 

                   Hike through woods on this Nature Conservancy loop trail. Moderate.                                        775-1246   

July 27      Half Moon State Park**, Hubbardton                                                                                                Tom Copps

                   Explore the nature trail around the campground and Half Moon Pond. Moderate.                     282-1675                        

Aug. 10     Cookout-Bomoseen State Park**, Castleton                                                                                   Lyn Drigert

                  We’ll have a fire. Bring some food to share. Moderate hike (opt.)! Swim! Relax!                         775-7038     

 Aug. 24     Mt. Tom in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock                                                             Edith Kellogg

                  Climb the gradual switchback Faulkner Trail toward the South Peak. Moderate.                       775-1246

Sept. 7       Long Trail to Aldridgeville, Wallingford                                                                                          Tom Copps

                   Hike to the archaeological site of an abandoned logging village. Moderate.                             282-1675      

Sept. 21     Mount Independence, Orwell(State Historic Site –free hike, fee for museum)                     Diana Landwehr                                              

                   Walk through Revolutionary        War site. Views of Fort Ti, L. Champlain. Moderate.            458-8114

Oct. 5        Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park**, Hubbardton                                                               Bob Perkins

                   Explore the Falls Trail in VT’s new state park; visit the Japanese Garden. Moderate.            773-0184

Oct. 19      North Branch of Cold River, Shrewsbury                                                                                     Edith Kellogg                                                                

                  Hike North Branch Road along the river from Brown Bridge. Moderate.                                   775-1246

  ** State Park: free admission w/Green Mountain Passport* or $4 per person

  *Age 62+ Green Mountain Passport (Lifetime Pass for VT State Parks): get one at your town hall -- $2