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20th Annual GMC Winter Trails Day

Winter hikes & outdoor fun February 6, 2016

General Contact: Green Mountain Club Visitor Center (802) 244-7037
Media Contact: Mike DeBonis
Phone: 802.241.8212
Posted: 01/19/2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hikes beginning from 9:00am-1:00pm

  • 8 guided hikes on a variety of trails 
  • Free snowshoe & microspike demos available 
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Raffle
  • Warming fire
  • All hikes and snacks are FREE 

        

The annual Winter Trails Day is a great way to get out and shake off some cabin fever! This year we are teaming up with CC Outdoor Store through the annual Waterbury Winterfest celebration to bring you eight guided hikes for every ability, including three that are perfect for families. Demo snowshoes and microspikes, enjoy snacks and warm refreshments, and take part in our awesome raffle with gear, gift certificates, and local food prizes! GMC and CC Outdoor Store representatives will be on-site to help you with gear and hiking questions. 

This year's festival will be based from CC Outdoor Store on Route 2 in Waterbury. 
All hikes will meet at and leave from the store.
 

Hike

Arrival Time

*Meet at   CC Outdoor Store in Waterbury

Return Time
(estimated) 

Distance

Elevation gain Trip Rating Gear
Camel's Hump
(via Monroe Trail)
9:00am 3:00pm 6.8 miles 2600' Hard/Strenuous Snowshoes recommended; microspikes required
Mt. Hunger (via Waterbury Trail) 9:30am 2:30pm 4 miles 2300' Hard/Strenuous Snowshoes recommended; microspikes required
 Stimson 10:00am 2:00pm 4 miles 1500' Moderate Microspikes suggested; snowshoes recommended
 Duxbury  Window  (via LT) 10:15am 1:15am 3 miles 1300' Moderate Microspikes suggested; snowshoes recommended
Little River State Park 10:30am 12:30pm-1:30pm 3 miles 1000' Moderate Snowshoes recommended

Perry Hill

10:45am 1:30pm   2.75 miles  600' Moderate-Easy Snowshoes or microspikes recommended 

Camel's Hump View


Camel's Hump View

11:00am


1:00pm 

 1:00pm


3:00pm

0.8 miles    Easy
*Family friendly 

Dress in warm layers 

 

 

About the hikes:

Camel’s Hump
Distance: 6.8 miles   Time: 6 hours   Elevation Gain: 2600’ Difficulty: Hard/Strenuous
This trip will take hikers up to the picturesque summit of Camel’s Hump via the Monroe Trail. The trail begins at a moderate incline for the first 1.5 miles before beginning to ascend more steeply up to the hut clearing. The last 0.3 miles to the summit are quite rocky and require some hand-over-hand scrambling. Traction, such as microspikes, are a must for this trip as well as preparation and gear to be out for an extended period of time as well as time spent above treeline. Snowshoes also highly recommended.

Mt. Hunger
Distance: 4 miles   Time: 5 hours  Elevation Gain: 2300’ Difficulty: Hard/Strenuous
This trip will afford participants beautiful views to the east and west at the summit of Mt. Hunger in the Worcester Range. This trail has a gentle to moderate beginning as it winds through the hardwoods of the CC Putnam State Forest. About 1 mile up hikers will come to a cascade, after which the trail begins to ascend more steeply. About 0.4 miles before the summit the trail will begin the final steep pitch to the summit, requiring microspikes and some hand-over-hand scrambling. Come prepared to be out for an extended period as well as time above treeline. Snowshoes highly recommended.
Alternative hike, depending on conditions: Stowe Pinnacle

Stimson Mountain
Distance: 4 miles  Time: 4 hours  Elevation Gain: 1500’   Difficulty: Moderate
This hike will take participants up the newest section of the Long Trail to just below the wooded summit of Stimson Mountain. The trail begins with a steady uphill and crosses just under the CRAG Vermont climbing area. The trail continues to ascend up an old woods road before hitting some steep switchbacks. The hike will culminate at the height of land next to a giant boulder, with beautiful views through the trees back towards the south. Microspikes suggested, snowshoes highly recommended, and come prepared to be out for an extended period of time.

Duxbury Window
Distance: 3 miles   Time: 3 hours  Elevation Gain: 1300’  Difficulty: Moderate
This hike begins on the south side of the Winooski River and follows Gleason Brook for a distance at a gentle incline. The trail then turns away from the brook into an open hardwood forest before making the final relatively steep pitch up to the Window, which affords great views of the Bolton Range and the river to the north. Microspikes suggested, snowshoes highly recommended, and come prepared to be out for several hours.

Little River State Park
Distance: 3 miles  Time: 2-3 hours Elevation Gain: 1000’ Difficulty: Moderate
This trip will take hikers back through time in Little River State Park on the History Loop. Hikers will learn about local history, building of the dam, and the natural progression of this working forest. The group will start just above the dam and follow the unpaved roads of the park before cutting off into the woods. After a moderate incline the trail will level off at the height of land, offering beautiful views of the reservoir through the trees. The hike will loop back, past interpretive signs, and back down to the entrance of the park. Snowshoes highly recommend, come prepared to be out for 2-3 hours.

Perry Hill, CC Putnam State Forest
Distance: 2.75 miles Time: 90 minutes Elevation: 100' Difficulty: Moderate-Easy

Camel’s Hump View Trail
Distance: 0.8 miles Time:
90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
This trip is an easy, 0.8 mile loop that is perfect for children and beginner hikers.  The trail is wide and gentle and offers several benches along the way. Enjoy fantastic views of Camel’s Hump. The Hike is an estimated 90 minutes in length. Bring snacks, water, and warm winter clothing.

 

 

    

 

 





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