Green Mountain Club plans hikes

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STRATTON>> On Saturday, Jan. 16, join IN for a snowshoe hike on Stratton Mountain, down to Stratton Pond. Meet at the southwest corner of the Stratton Mountain base lodge (nearest the gondola) at 8:15 a.m. Allow 15-20 minutes to get from parking to the base lodge. Ride up the gondola to the summit of Stratton Mountain (courtesy of Stratton Mountain resort), snow shoe to the fire tower on the south peak, north on the Long Trail to Stratton Pond, where hikers will have lunch, and back to North Brookwood, where a couple of cars will transport hikers back to the base lodge.

No dogs are allowed on this trip as they are not allowed on the gondola during ski season.

Bring snacks and lunch, fluids, extra clothes, snowshoes. In case there is not enough snow to snowshoe, traction devices will be needed. Poles are helpful.

The route covers six miles, 1,500 feet descent and 400 feet ascent. It is considered a moderate hike.

An RSVP is required to Dave Ratti at 802-366-0698 or <dbrspruce@gmail.com>;.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, join for a snowshoe in the Equinox Preservation Trust and on to the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Red Gate parking on Union Street in Manchester Village. Hike in Equinox Preservation Trust on the red trail to the blue trail to the trillium trail to the trail to the Southern Vt Arts Center. Have lunch at SVAC (bring your own lunch) and check out the current exhibit. Return on the same trails.

Bring lunch, snacks, fluids, extra clothing, snowshoes, if now enough snow to snowshoe then traction devices, poles are always helpful.

The distance is about 4 miles and elevation change is about 500 feet on the way out and 300 feet on the way back. It is considered moderately easy. An RSVP is required to Keld Astrup at 802-362-1422 or <keld@alstrup.us>;.


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