The Town of Moriah is partnering with Champlain Area Trails (CATS) to create a new hiking trail at Cheney Mountain. The trail will start by the former landfill on Pelfershire Road and follow an old logging road to the summit.
“We invite volunteers to come out on Saturday morning, October 8th to begin clearing the trail,” Stewart Jerdo, who serves on the local trail committee, said. “We will cut tree limbs and saplings, remove fallen logs, and clear brush so people can enjoy hiking through the woods to see the spectacular views from the summit.”
“Creating the hiking trail is part of the effort to enhance the local economy,” Tim Garrison of the Moriah Community Economic Development Group (MCEDGe) which recently hosted the MoriahStock Music Festival and Johnny Podres Day, said. “We want this unused town land to have an attractive trail for residents and tourists so we contacted CATS to help us make it.”
“I was pleased to get the call,” Chris Maron, the Champlain Area Trails Executive Director, said. “Creating a trail at Cheney Mountain fits into the goal of having a network of hiking/skiing trails that link our communities, connect people to nature, and promote economic vitality. We envision many people coming to the Champlain Valley to hike, ski, and bike from hamlet to hamlet while using local businesses and enjoying places like Cheney Mountain.”
“Supervisor Tom Scozzafava first spoke about having this trail years ago so it is great to see it finally happen,” Town councilman, Paul Salerno said. “The trail is first part of a larger project to build ball fields, host concerts and have another easier walking trail on the town’s 144-acre property.”
The Cheney Mountain Trail Day begins at 8:30 a.m. and will last until about 1 p.m. People should meet on Pelfershire Road, about 1.4 miles west of Rt. 22/9N. Please bring gloves, loppers, and hand saws. The Town will also provide tools. For more details, call 962-2287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.