RUTLAND-Newcomers and nonmembers to the Green Mountain Club's Killington Section are welcome on summer outings. Bring drinking water and a lunch. Wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for weather changes.
Unless otherwise noted, all club trips leave from Rutland's Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station. Distances given are round trip and are approximate, as are elevation gains.
Hikes are held on Saturdays and Sundays and vary considerably in level of difficulty. Call the leader if you have any questions.
June 19, 9 a.m., Crown Point Road, Weathersfield. Barb and Barry Griffith, 492-3573. Hike along a section of the original military road and visit historic Grout cemetery. Moderate 3 or 4 miles with possible stream crossing. Rain date: June 20.
June 26, 10 a.m., Tinmouth Gulf Road, Tinmouth. Herb Ogden, 293-2510. Follow the Tinmouth Gulf Road south through woods and former farm land to the Purchase and Old Otis Road. Moderate, 6 miles, 1,200 ft. elevation gain.
July 4, 9 a.m., Mascoma Lake, Enfield, N.H. Terri Wilson, (334) 787-2426. Celebrate America's freedom with canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, followed by a potluck cookout. Bring salads and side dishes to share. Easy.
July 10, 9 a.m. Lake St. Catherine, Wells. Viv Bebee and Larry Walter, 775-3855. Explore the ridge above the lake with great views and interesting terrain. Easy.
July 11, 10 a.m. Bike Tour of the Castleton area. Ted and Martha Molnar, 468-5125. Meet at Castleton State College South Street parking lot (last lot on the left, past all buildings). Included are two rides, both on quiet back roads, with little or no traffic.
July 17, 9 a.m. Bromley Mountain, Peru. Sue Thomas, 773-2185 Sweeping views from the summit. Moderate, 6 miles. Rain date: July 18.
July 24, 9 a.m. Paddle the Poultney, Fair Haven. Barb and Barry Griffith, 492-3573. A relaxing paddle for kayaks or canoes along the scenic Vermont-New York state line. Meet at the Diamond Run Mall parking lot near Sears. Easy, 5 miles. Rain date: July 25.
Aug. 1, 9 a.m. Clarendon Lookout, Shrewsbury. Tom Copps, 774-5144. Follow the Long and Appalachian trails up a dramatic, boulder-strewn gulf to the lookout and on to Clarendon Shelter with an option to visit an old cemetery in the woods.
Aug. 7. All day Long Trail Festival, Rutland. Meet at the Rutland State Fair Grounds any time on Saturday for free fun, education, and entertainment for the whole family at the fourth annual Rutland Long Trail Festival.
Aug. 8, 8 a.m. Little Rock Pond, Wallingford. Meet in the parking area inside the Dana Avenue entrance on the Rutland State Fair grounds. Join Festival attendees in a work party to help build new tent platforms at Little Rock Pond on the Long Trail.
Aug. 14, 9 a.m. Snake Mountain, Addison. Tom Copps, 774-5144 Gorgeous views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack High Peaks. Moderate climb, 4 miles.
Aug. 21, 8 a.m. Grafton Pond Paddle, Grafton, N.H. Viv Bebee & Larry Walter, 775-3855 Flat water paddle for canoes or kayaks. Swimming, too! Easy. Rain date: 8?22.
Aug. 28, 8 a.m. Appalachian Trail, Pomfret. Sue Thomas, 773-2185 Follow the A.T. to the lookout for a view of Lakota Lake, and then on to Route 12. Moderate, 7 miles.
Hikes for seniors
The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department sponsors a series of "Turtle" hikes for seniors and others who wish to enjoy their outings at a somewhat slower and easier pace.
The senior hikes typically cover two to four miles, involve limited elevation gain, and try to avoid treacherous footing. Bring water and a lunch, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared for Vermont weather. Meet on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Godnick Adult Center on Deer Street off Woodstock Avenue. Hikers return early to mid-afternoon.