Activities Calendar

“O” SECTION WINTER ACTIVITIES, DECEMBER 2021 – FEBRUARY 2022

Hunting VT: 12/4 – 12 Muzzleloader NH: 9/15 – 12/15 Archery, Deer & Turkey

Season 11/10 – 12/5 Deer Reg. Firearms

*** Easy on the knees BACK-COUNTRY ETIQUETTE: NO CELL PHONE USE EXCEPT IN EMERGENCY

Dec 2 ThursHikeWhitcomb Hill (1868’), Strafford, VT. Starting on Alger Brook Road, first fairly level, then gently up through mixed woods to summit. Impressive views. Hike down either back to starting point, or south towards Furnace Flats Road & car spot; same distance either way. 2.6 mi. Moderate.
Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Dec 4 SatSnowshoe/MicrospikeLong Trail northbound from Brandon Gap to Gillespie Peak (3366′) & return, including Great Cliffs of Mt. Horrid & Cape Lookoff Mtn. Beautiful, varied landscape. 6.8 mi, 1500′ elev. gain. Moderate.Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Dec 5 SunHikeAfternoon outing to Lyme Hill Conservation Area on Rte. 10, Lyme, NH. View & loop trail with some woods road and some footpath trail.  3.4 miles. Moderate. 
Annie Janeway  413-374-0988 ajaneway@gmail.com
Dec 6 MonSnowshoe or SpikeStyles Peak (3394’) in Peru Peak Wilderness, near Peru, VT. Via Long Trail from Mad Tom Notch Rd. 5.4 mi, 1365’ elev. gain. Moderate.Dick Andrews 802-885-3201
Dec 7 TuesHikeEly Mountain Conservation Area, Thetford, VT. Woods trail, gentle hills. Keep a sharp eye for unusual natural things. Double lollipop loop. 3 – 4 mi. Easy to Moderate.Lynne Miller 603-643-6194
Dec 9 ThursHikeNorthern highlands of Thetford, VT, in the Trebitz neighborhood. Loop on trails & old rds, up & down through conserved land, bordering private property. ~ 3 mi. Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Dec 11 SatSnowshoe/MicrospikeLong Trail southbound from Brandon Gap, backcountry uphill track to Goshen Mtn (3292′); views! Return & visit Sunrise Shelter. 3.5 – 4 mi RT (can do more if we want), 1200′ elev. gain. Moderate (some steep parts).Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Dec 13 MonMicrospikesBlack Gum Swamp, Vernon VT. Rare stand of southern trees (aka tupelos) survived the Ice Age. About 3 mi, moderate hills. Easy- Moderate.
Dick Andrews 802-885-3201
Dec 14 TuesWalk ***Dartmouth construction site loop. Very interesting area. Easy, with some inclines; slow pace. ***Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Dec 16 ThursRoad WalkLyme, NH. Starting at intersection of River Rd. & Gregory Rd., uphill to Breck Rd. north to Edgell Covered Bridge, our lunch spot. Beautiful views to Smarts Mtn. area. Return to cars via River Rd. 3 – 4 mi. Moderate.
Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Dec 18 SatRoad WalkAfternoon Road Walk & Social – Figure Eight walk on back roads in leader’s neighborhood in Quechee/Pomfret/Woodstock, VT Hillside Rd area.   ~ 5.5 miles, some hills, option to walk a shorter route.  Return to leader’s home for bonfire, snacks, beverages, & good cheer. Moderate.
debbie.marcus57@gmail.com 978-578-4198
Dec 19 SunSnowshoe, Spike/Hike ***Sugar River Rail Trail, Newport, NH. Newport to 2nd covered bridge. Scenic river views & 2 RR covered bridges, of which only 8 survive in the U.S. ATVs permitted but have not been a problem. 4.2 mi, flat. Easy. *** Car spot. Fully vaccinated participants only. duncanlove4024@yahoo.com (Email contact preferred)Duncan Love 802-226-7697
Dec 20 MonHike/SpikeBrookmead Conservation Area, Norwich, VT Loop of 3+ miles, ~ 1000’ elevation gain. Moderate. (BH apt 9:45)Iris Berezin 802-295-2294
Dec 21 TuesHike *** or SnowshoeFirst Day of Winter on Quinn Trail in Hanover, NH. Along gurgling Mink Brook. ~ 2 mi, almost flat. Easy; slow pace. ***Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Dec 26 SunSnowshoe or HikeBoston Lot, Lebanon, NH. Lovely and local. 2 – 3 hours. Pond, view at top. Moderate (some easy; a couple of steep sections).Iris Berezin 802-295-2294
Dec 28 TuesHikeConverse Trail, Norwich, Vt. Lollipop loop. Gentle hills. 2 – 3 miles. Easy to Moderate. May be muddy.Lynne Miller 603-643-6194
Dec 31 Fri?PARTY?New Year’s Eve: we have no idea what winter will bring; we’ll wait and see. Plans will be announced by email if anything is to take place for New Year’s Eve.

Jan 1 SatSnowshoe/MicrospikeNew Year’s Day on A.T. loop with Cossingham Road, Norwich, VT. To Happy Hill Shelter. Lovely woods, lots of short ups and downs. ~ 4 mi., 500′ elev. gain. Moderate.
Kathy Astrauckas/Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Jan 3 MonSnowshoe/SpikeAngel Falls via West River Trail, Townsend/Jamaica, VT. Old RR bed along river. Waterfall; some nice views. Out-&-back, 6 miles, 500′ elev. gain. Easy – Moderate (due to distance).Tom McCleary 802-295-7592
Jan 4 TuesWalk *** or SnowshoeWilder Dam loop. See the Connecticut River in winter. Peaceful. 2 miles. Easy; slow pace. ***Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Jan 4 TuesPlanning MeetingPlanning mtg for Spring (Mar. – May) outings. Location TBA. Call or email Kathy Astrauckas ahead w/ ideas if you can’t join us. kabh@myfairpoint.net
Kathy Astrauckas 802-785-4311
Jan 8 SatHike/Spike/SnowshoeMimi’s Trail, Thetford, VT. Designed by Thetford’s John Morton, former Olympic biathlete. Nice views from summit. ~ 5 mi. Moderate.Annie Janeway  413-374-0988 ajaneway@gmail.com
Jan 9 SunSnowshoeA.T. north fr. River Rd, Killington VT, over Quimby Mtn. shoulder to unusual two-century old abandoned farmstead.  6.6 mi. (0.8 mi road, 5.0 mi. foot trail, 0.8 mi. woods road), 1,500′ elev. gain. Moderate-Strenuous.
Dick Andrews 802-885-3201
Jan 10 MonSnowshoe or SpikeSection 5, Quechee, VT. 2 – 3 hours on hilly, maintained trails in woods that pass a cellar hole, ponds & previous blow downs, but does not offer views.  Moderate.
Iris Berezin 802-295-2294
Jan 11 TuesSnowshoe ***Milton Frye Trail loop, Norwich, VT. See what the school kids have constructed out there. 2 mi, little ups and downs. Easy; slow pace. ***Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Jan 15 SatSnowshoe/ MicrospikeLoop around & over Moose Mtn South Peak (2222′), Etna, NH. Harris Tr, Clark Pond Loop, A.T. Short side tr to Moose Mtn Shelter. View fr South Peak. 4.5 mi, 1,000’ elev. gain. Moderate.
Tom Kahl 207-692-7495
Jan 16 SunSnowshoe/ Microspike AND Road WalkNew London. NH. A unique loop of trail, nature park, & historical interest. Road walk through original New London Main St. to Lyon Brook Trail near hospital. Side trip through Knights Hill Nature Park. Road walk 3 miles, a bit hilly. Trail & nature park generally flat, 2.2 miles. (Total 5+ mi.) Easy. Must be fully vaccinated. duncanlove4024@yahoo.com (Email contact preferred)
Duncan Love 802-226-7697
Jan 18 TuesWalkNorth side of Hanover, NH. Pavement, sidewalks. Lollipop loop. Mostly flat. 2 miles. Easy.Lynne Miller 603-643-6194
Jan 20 Thurs.X-C or SnowshoeMystery X-C ski or snowshoe in West Fairlee, VT. Unplowed old roads, exact route depends on conditions. 3 – 4 mi. Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Jan 22 SatSnowshoe/ MicrospikeNorwich, VT loop connects Parcel 5, Brookmead Conservation Area, Ballard Trail. Lovely section along Charles Brown Brook. 7 mi, 1200’ elev gain (many short up/dns). Moderate.Nick Krembs 802-649-1048
Jan 23 SunSnowshoe or SpikeFrench’s Ledges, Plainfield, NH. Start at Plainfield Elem Schl. 2-3 hour meander through woods; short scramble to top of ledges & beautiful view.  Moderate. 
Iris Berezin 802-295-2294
Jan 25 TuesX-C Ski ***
Woodstock Country Club (Trail Fee) loop. 2 miles; more on your own if you want. Groomed. Easy. *** Slow pace. For additional “half-price” fee, you can swim, use the sauna, etc.Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Jan 26 WedX-C SkiAn old favorite in Strafford, VT. From Moody Hill Road on part of Strafford Town Trail & Podunk Pond Trail to Stevens Road & car spot. Lunch at pond. ~ 6 mi. Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Jan 28 FriSnowshoes/ MicrospikesBridal Veil Falls, Franconia, NH. Coppermine Trail, Coppermine Shelter. Gorgeous ice formations on falls. 5 mi, 1200′ elev. gain. Moderate.
Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Jan 29 SatX-C SkiStrafford Nordic Ctr, VT.  Open fields & some woods w/ elevation gains, hillside vistas.  All levels of difficulty. Trail fee.Annie Janeway  413-374-0988 ajaneway@gmail.com
Jan 30 SunRoad Walk Snowshoe/ Microspikes
Killington, VT loop. River Rd Trail & A.T. to Thundering Falls & boardwalk; road walk return on River Rd. Pretty wetlands area & waterfall. Fairly flat w/ short, steep descent on A.T. Microspikes AND snowshoes may be needed as wetlands can be icy. ~ 4 mi. Easy to Moderate. Fully vaccinated participants only. duncanlove4024@yahoo.com (Email contact preferred)Duncan Love 802-226-7697
Feb 1 TuesX-C Ski ***
River Park loop, West Lebanon, NH. Groomed, half along CT River, gorgeous. 2 mi. Easy. *** Slow pace.Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Feb 2 WedX-C SkiLamoille Rail Trail between Joe’s Pond & St. Johnsbury, VT. Stretches of woods and fields; some gorgeous views. Distance based on conditions & participants’ wishes. (Not too many snowmobiles during the week). Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Feb 4 FriSnowshoe/MicrospikeLong Trail northbound from Middlebury Gap to Boyce Shelter & return; side trail to Silent Cliff. 7 mi, 1400′ elev. gain. Moderate – Strenuous.Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Feb 5 SatX-C or SnowshoeTiki Torch Trek, Hartland, VT. Hartland Winter Trails’ annual fundraiser, a fun family evening event. Check for details/updates in Jan. on website: hartlandwintertrails.org or on their Facebook page.
Annie Janeway  413-374-0988 ajaneway@gmail.com
Feb 7 MonSnowshoe or SpikeOre Hill section of A.T., Wentworth/Warren, NH. Pretty section of trail from NH 25C to 25A. 5 mi, 700′ elev. gain. Moderate. Car spot. (If car spot not allowed, we’ll modify.)Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Feb 8 TuesX-C Ski ***
Around Lake Pinneo, Quechee, VT. Groomed, flat. 2 mi. Easy.*** Slow pace.Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Feb 9 WedSnowshoeStrafford, VT. From Moody Hill Road to frozen Miller Pond and across it to car spot at fishing access. We will follow old trails, mainly gently down. 5 – 6 mi. Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Feb 12 SatSnowshoe/SpikeLong Trail southbound from Rte 140 (Wallingford, VT) to Greenwall Shelter & White Rocks.  Entertaining cairns.  View! 4.4 mi. round trip, ~1400’ elev. gain.
Kathy Astrauckas/ Bob Hagen 802-785-4311
Feb 13 SunSnowshoe/MicropikeUVO section tradition: Annual Super Bowl Sunday at Amity Pond Natural Area, Pomfret, VT.  3.2 mi. loop w/moderately strenuous uphill return to build appetites.   BYO lunch, water, hot drink, snack. Weather permitting, campfire at shelter w/ s’mores provided by leader at end of hike.Debbie.marcus57@gmail.com 978-578-4198
Feb 14 MonSnowshoeValentine’s Day on Mt. Ascutney (3150’). Bicentennial Trail, West Windsor VT. Observation tower. Shortest trail but steep. 4.4 mi., 2200’ ascent. Moderate to strenuous; moderate pace.
Dick Andrews 802-885-3201
Feb 15 TuesX-C Ski
Huntley Meadows , Norwich, VT. Twice around the loop. Flat. Under 2 mi. Easy *** Slow pace. A nice little morning workout.Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Feb 16 WedX-C SkiMillstone Nordic Center Trails, East Barre, VT, hopefully groomed & tracked. Interesting views of old quarries & ponds. Distance depends on participants’ wishes, usually 5-6 mi. Moderate.Inge/Heinz Trebitz 802-785-2129
Feb 18 FriSnowshoe or SpikeLots to explore in Quechee’s Section 5! Starting at Trailhead B. A low elevation hike on interesting loop with varied terrain, hardwoods & mixed forest, old stone walls, & some newer trails courtesy of Quechee Lakes Trails folks. Mileage depends on conditions, but approx. 6 mi.
Debbie.marcus57@gmail.com 978-578-4198
Feb 19 SatSnowshoe/MicrospikeBlue Ridge Mtn, Mendon, VT (W. of Sherburne Pass). Canty Tr up & back. Nice woods, 3 cascades, view fr Rutland overlook near wooded summit. 5 mi, 1,500′ elev gain. Mod.Tom Kahl 207-692-7495
Feb 21 MonSnowshoe or SpikePresidents Day loop at Arthur Davis Wildlife Mgmt Area, Plymouth & Reading, VT. In VT’s largest expanse of undeveloped land. ~ 2.5 mi, ~ 500′ elev. gain. Last 0.5 on road. Moderate.Tom McCleary 802-295-7592
Feb 22 TuesX-C Ski
Northern Rail Trail from Enfield (NH) Station towards Mascoma High School & back. Along the raging Macoma River. Flat. 2 mi. Easy. *** Slow pace.Inge Brown 802-280-8017
Feb 25 FriSnowshoe or SpikeHeron rookery, Springfield VT. Old beaver pond w/ 9 heron nests on 2 dead pine trees. Nice woods walk mostly on former logging roads. 3.6 mi., 720′ elev. gain. Moderate.
Dick Andrews 802-885-3201
Feb 26 SatSnowshoe/Spike/HikeTucker Mtn Town Forest, West Newbury, VT. From the East Corinth side & Bowen Rd.  Ascend through woods road to Tucker Mtn summit with 270-degree views. Hiking trail down, woods road back. 3.3 mi. loop with option for another mile loop (Woodchuck) if desired. Moderate. For more info/map: https://tuckertownforest.orgAnnie Janeway  413-374-0988 ajaneway@gmail.com
Feb 28 MonSnowshoeBlueberry Mtn (2662’), Glencliff, NH. Out and back. 5.2 mi round trip, 1300’ elev. gain. Fabulous views from ledges. Moderate.Iris Berezin 802-295-2294