Hiking back in time to celebrate 100 years of the Long Trail

Dew shines in the early morning summer sun along the network of trails near the Winooski River. It’s where Mike Debonis continues his journey back in time on Vermont’s Long Trail. This year, the trail is celebrating 100 years. Debonis is honoring the anniversary by dressing in traditional 1917 attire – all wool – and spending his vacation on the...

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Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Vermont’s Hiking Season

The holiday weekend is traditionally the start of the hiking season in Vermont. Hiking is one of the state’s top summer tourism draws and the Green Mountain Club (GMC) estimates 200,000 people visit The Long Trail each year. The official protectors and maintainers of the Long Trail, the 107-year-old Green Mountain Club is the premier Vermont hiking organization with...

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Vermont’s Green Mountain Club looks to the future

The Green Mountain Club, based in Waterbury, Vermont, is a membership based nonprofit organization that is responsible for the maintenance of the Long Trail system, including the 272-mile footpath through the wilderness, 185 miles of side trails and 70 backcountry campsites. The GMC also participates in maintenance and protection of Vermont’s 100-mile portion of the...

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Continuing wild family hiking experiences on Vermont’s Long Trail

Backpacking into the wild may seem an odd way to spend your vacation. Rehydrating food, rationing toilet paper and sleeping with a T-shirt over your head to ward off mice isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams. But, in a sense, it is exactly what we need to re-energize and break from the anxiety, stress and overstimulation of our modern work life. It is the chance to focus...

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Green Mountain Club Trail Angels on the Move

Did you know there is a network of willing volunteers stationed across Vermont, working together to provide hiking knowledge, recommendations for the best places to get water or stay for the night, and transport to and from trailheads? And that they are motivated simply by a shared love of the trail and a desire to see others make that connection? Volunteers like this...

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Going It Alone, and Female, in the Woods

Jocelyn Hebert needs no encouragement from Hollywood to hit the hiking trail all by herself. For years, she’s ventured deep into the woods with only her backpack for company. Animals, accidents and creepy strangers aren’t worries for her, although occasionally the whisper of the wind gives her the shivers. “Seriously, the wind can be eerie,”...

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Vermont unveils trail website in time for summer hiking

People interested in getting outdoors in Vermont this summer are now able to check a website for detailed information about hundreds of trails across the state that are open for public use. Officials from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance unveiled the “Trail Finder” website to help people learn more...

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Vermont hiking trails muddy; extra care is urged

The Green Mountain Club, maintainer and protector of Vermont’s Long Trail, is asking hikers to take extra care from now until Memorial Day. It’s mud season, and hiking trails are especially prone to erosion at this time of year. Hikers walking on saturated soils or on the sides of trails cause irreversible erosion and damage vegetation. Vermont officially closes...

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Heroin epidemic leading to car breaks at Vermont hiking trails

State Police are reporting a number of car breaks across the state at parks and hiking trailheads this week. “Last year there were numerous car breaks at various hiking access locations in Vermont. This is in part due to the ongoing heroin and opiate challenges the state currently faces,” police officials said. Addicts are searching for money and items to...

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Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin, VT Now Has Miles of Trails

The closing of Mount Ascutney Ski Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville, Vermont. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the town of West Windsor, the area has once again become a destination. The western base of Ascutney now features approximately 34 miles of non-motorized,...

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Little Rock Pond on Long Trail, perfect spot for hikers

Little Rock Pond, located in the quaint little village of Mount Tabor, Vermont is a perfect hiking destination. Situated along the Long Trail, Little Rock Pond is a pristine mountain lake with crystal clear water nestled in the iconic Green Mountain Range. The hike is quick, easy, and relatively flat, with only 350 feet of elevation gain over two miles. The terrain is...

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Vermont hiking trails near peregrine falcon nests reopened

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says hiking trails near peregrine falcon nesting sites on cliffs across the state have been reopened. That’s because the young falcons that were hatched and raised in the nests are now flying. Audubon biologist Margaret Fowle says 41 peregrine pairs were spotted on cliffs this spring, 37 pairs nested, and 27 pairs...

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The last leg of the Long Trail

The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country, according to the Green Mountain Club, which built the trail from 1910 to 1930 and maintains it to this day. The LT runs up the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains, stretching from Massachusetts to Canada. While some hikers tackle the trail’s 273 miles all at once, taking three weeks to a...

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Green Mtn. Club: It’s ‘mud season’ – stay off hiking trails to protect them

The Green Mountain Club today announced the start of “mud season” and urged hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover. High elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails. In between spring showers we are all ready to hit the trails after a...

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The Portable Percussionist: Long Trail concert tour

Vermont percussionist Jane Boxall will spend September and part of October hiking the Long Trail – all 272 miles between the Canadian and Massachusetts borders – and playing drum sessions along the way. She’ll stop off and give solo concerts/clinics, for “portable” percussion. That means found objects, bits of wood, stones, ceramic flowerpots, etc. The Long Trail...

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Long Trail footbridge will finally connect Duxbury and Bolton sections

The Winooski River’s 15-mile journey through the heart of the Green Mountains is spectacularly scenic. Dark, stony cliffs and sharp, evergreen-topped peaks rise abruptly from the river, which carves through the mountains from east to west. It’s also one of the prettiest sections on the Long Trail, the “footpath in the wilderness” that runs the length of Vermont, from...

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Vermont hiking season starts this weekend

The Green Mountain Club welcomes the start of Vermont’s hiking season. The 10,000-member club which maintains more than 500 miles of Vermont hiking trails looks forward to a number of major projects this summer and fall. Despite this weekend’s forecast, mud season officially ends in time for the holiday weekend. With more than 200,000 people estimated to use the Long...

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Hikers asked to stay off muddy trails

The Green Mountain Club has announced the start of “mud season” and has urged hikers to stay off muddy trails and trails at higher elevations that still have extensive snow or ice cover. In a statement, the club said when hikers tramp on saturated soils, they cause irreversible erosion and damage to the trail and surrounding vegetation. “Every step not taken on a wet...

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Vermont duo scales new heights in hiking quest

For most Vermonters, the Adirondack Mountains represent some of Mother Nature’s sweetest and most impressive eye candy — an omnipresent, majestic vista often enjoyed from a distance. Weybridge neighbors Michele Bayliss and Dean Ouellette can look at the Adirondacks with admiration and at the same time utter the words, “been there, done that.” Bayliss and Ouellette are...

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New trail connects Pisgah to Keene

A new trail has been dedicated which members of the local hiking community say will make Pisgah State Park, NH the center of a regional trail network. The Keene Connector of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail was broken in with a through hike of the 10 miles from Pisgah to Keene in late October. Together with the opening of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail from Pisgah Park...

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Forest Service urges caution after storm

U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont and New York are urging extra caution for those who may want to venture out in the woods in the days following the storm. The Forest Service says overhead dangers may remain present even after the weather clears, with branches or even whole trees set to fall. Another concern is that streams and rivers may be swollen from the rains...

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New Northeast Kingdom trail named “Project of the Year”

The Green Mountain Club, NorthWoods Stewardship Center, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation were honored this weekend with the “Project of the Year” award for their work on a new trail in the Northeast Kingdom. The “Project of the Year” award for the new Middle Mountain Trail in Avery’s Gore was presented at the Vermont Trails and Greenways...

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Partners Announce Expanded Irene Restoration Work

For the last year, many organizations have worked diligently to repair the major damage done to the White Mountain National Forest from Tropical Storm Irene. The National Forest Foundation announced that it has adopted the forest as one of its “Treasured Landscapes,” in an effort to bring additional resources to this major recovery effort. In 2009, the National Forest...

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Conservation group sprucing up New England trails

Student crews have been busy repairing hiking trails and building new ones in New England’s mountains. Seventy workers ages 14 to 20 have taken to the trails this summer in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. They’re part of a nonprofit conservation group called the NorthWoods Conservation Corps, which works in partnership with other...

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Longest hiking trail in US seeks link to Vermont

A hiking trail to connect Vermont’s Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail to a 4,600-mile path to North Dakota could be coming to a farm field about midway between Lake Champlain and the spine of the Green Mountains. The North Country Trail National Scenic Trail is being extended from its current eastern endpoint in Crown Point, N.Y. The route it would take through...

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Plan floated to link famous hiking trails

For almost 50 years, naturalists, hikers and government officials have dreamed of blazing a trail that would connect two of the country’s longest hiking routes: the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, and the North Country Trail, which stretches from Crown Point, N.Y., to North Dakota. The missing link? A roughly 40-mile stretch of...

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Vermont Hiking Season Starts This Weekend

The Green Mountain Club welcomes the end to mud season starting this Memorial Day weekend. As hiking on trails in the Green Mountain National Forest is no longer discouraged, the club looks forward to another great hiking season in Vermont. The 10,000-member founder and maintainer of the Long Trail also knows there is a lot of trail work to do, especially in the wake of...

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Outdoor education on the Long Trail

In an era where kids spend most of their time in front of a screen, the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, Kingdom Heritage Land trails, and other Vermont hiking resources can open children’s minds to the natural world outside their doors. The Green Mountain Club not only conducts youth and adult outdoor education workshops, but it is seeking to provide improved resources to...

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Mud season starting early on Vermont’s trails

The Green Mountain Club today noted the early start to “mud season” and urged hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they still have snow or ice cover. Rain and melting snow at higher elevations cause wet and muddy conditions on many of Vermont’s hiking trails. When hikers tramp on saturated soils, they cause irreversible erosion and damage to the...

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Damaged section of Vt. hiking trail reopens

WATERBURY (AP) – The last section of the Long Trail damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene has reopened. Officials say three miles of the trail in Shrewsbury remained closed for a month while the rest of the Long Trail had reopened weeks earlier. The Green Mountain Club said that it had proposed a detour of the damaged section of the Long Trail and Appalachian...

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