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NEK Section Green Mountain Club

Hiking Schedule 2014

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All outings start at 10:00 am unless otherwise noted.

LIST OF DATES FOR UPCOMING WORK DAYS AND HIKES. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

August 3, 2014, Gore Mountain hike, Join us next Sunday, 8/3/14 for an 8 mile round trip up Gore Mountain. Moderate to difficult. Old fire warden cabin on summit,No fire tower. This is a great hike. You will need to bring plenty of water,and food and probably bug dope and clothes for the weather. We will meet at 9 AM at the railroad station in Island Pond and car pool to the trailhead. Michael Chernick is trip leader. Please confirm with Michael at Chernick5@comcast.net .or 902-249-0520, or me at jhaighvt@gmail.com, or 586-9637. Hope you will join us.

NEK Summer Meeting, July !3, Wheeler Pond Camps.
The NEK Section of the Green Mountain Club’s summer meeting will meeting will take place at the Wheeler Pond Camps on Sunday July 13th., The hike will start at 10:00. We will be exploring the western side of Wiloughby State Forest on old CCC roads. Or bring your kayaks or bathing suits. The BBQ will have hot dogs,veggie burgers and hamburgers. Lunch at one, general meeting at 2:00 pm. Bring weather appropriate clothing,water and a side dish or dessert. Please let me know at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. before noon on Saturday so we will know how much to buy. Hope to see you there, Jean

June 7 & 8 2014, Wood stacking dates at the Wheeler Pond camps, both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 AM. Come one day or two. What ever you can would be appreciated. We have over 200 followers on the GMC NEK Facebook page, We would love to have you join on a hike or as a volunteer if you haven’t already. Thank you!!!.

5/18/14  Please Note, due to forecast, this hike has been changed to Sunday!!!!1
Sunday, 5 Five mile round trip, easy road walk on Saturday, 5/18 10 AM on Wheeler Mountain Road. See the boiling springs and the climbing cliffs. Dress for the weather. Please confirm with me at 586-9637 or at jhaighvt@gmail.com.

April 5, 2014 Please join us for a hike around Perry Holbrook State Park of route 122 in Sheffield this Saturday.We will meet at 1 PM, parking in Roland Woodard’s driveway. This will be an easy hike for around 2 to 2 1/2 hours, around the ponds, to the lean to and maybe up to the summit of Big Rock hill. Weather looks iffy but we will try. Please dress accordingly to the conditions, still a whole lot of snow in the woods. Snowshoes a must. The NEK Section will then hold its annual meeting, starting with Executive Committee at 4, potluck at 5 and meeting at 6, all at the East Burke Club House. Cheryl will not be presenting her Patagonia slides, as she has a meeting with her new job folks at the Randolph Mountain Club where she will be the field supervisor this season. Please confirm with me at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hope you can make one or both events, the hike and the meeting!! Call for directions.

Middle Mountain, 3/9/14 — Yet another snowshoe hike for you to join. Please join us this coming Sunday to hike Middle Mountain. This is a 7 mile round trip, fairly difficult hike to the second summit of Middle Mountain. We will meet in Island pond behind the Railroad station at 9:30 AM and car pool to the trail head. At this time, the weather is supposed to be around 30 and partly cloudy. Please dress warmly, but able to layer. Bring plenty to drink and eat. The trail past Gore Junction may not be broken and to be on the safe side, bring microspikes if you have them. Trip leader is Steve Farrow. Please confirm with Steve at Bluffs@hotmail.com or with me at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hoe you can make it, Thanks, Jean

3/2/14 – Mad Brook trail.Here we again for a hike up Bald Mountain is Westmore on the Mad Brook trail to the beautifully restored Bald Mountain cabin and fire tower. This is a moderate, 5 mile round trip. Please dress warmly, as the temperature is supposed to be in the low to mid teens. Bring plenty of food and water and/or warm drink. We will meet at the parking area at the north beach of Lake Willoughby at 10 AM and car pool to the small parking area near the trailhead. Beautiful views from the tower. Snowshoes should work as the snow is deep in the Kingdom. I always bring

microspikes just in case. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 or at jhaighvt@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you, Jean

2/16/14 Greetings All. Please join us for a hike to Headwaters Camp on Unknown Pond on 2/16/14. This hike is about a 5 mile round trip. The first mile is fairly steep then flats out for the remainder of the hike. This is always a fun hike in a beautiful and remote area. We will be shoveling snow off the roof. The shovels are there. Please dress for the weather and bring food and drink. The forecast predicts in the 20′s and partly cloudy. Given the snow cover, snowshoes should work, though I always have my microspikes handy. The Green Mountain Club is in the process of purchasing the camp.Meet at the railroad station in Island Pond at 10 AM. Please confirm with me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637. I hope you will join us. thanks, Jean

2/2/14 – North Branch Trail, Please join us for a beautiful hike o the new North Branch tail along the Nulhegan River in the Conte Wildlife Management Refuge  this Sunday, 2/2/14. We will meet at 9:30 AM in Island Pond behind the railroad station  and car pool to the trailhead.This is an easy 3 + mile loop along the river. Please dress according to weather, forecast is for temperatures in the 30′s and chance of some snow. Microspikes will be a good idea/ snowshoes should we get more snow. Please confirm with Steve Farrow at Bluffs@hotmail.com or me at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hope you can join us. Jean

NEK-GMC Hike Schedule for winter 2014
Feb. 2nd– Steve will lead a hike on the north branch of the Nulhegan river. Steve worked on getting bog bridges built on this river walk, so this hike will be more a guided tour by the local expert. Hike details will be available soon.

Feb 9th – Jean will lead a hike up Moose Mountain. This hike is the very first I went on with the NEK section, and I haven’t tired of it yet. It’s a nice stroll in a very pretty area of the NEK. Hike details will be available soon.

Feb. 16th – Jean will lead this hike to the camp at the Headwaters of the Nulhegan. We’ll do snow removal from the roof of the cabin. So work first and then lunch. There’s plenty of room in the cabin so a big crowd is certainly welcome. Many hands make light work. Hike details will be available soon.

March 2nd – Jean will lead this hike up the Mad Brook trail to Bald Mountain. See to it that Jean makes her New Year resolution of three hikes in three weeks. At the top of Bald is a newly restored cabin thanks to Luke O’Brien and the volunteers that helped him finish a project that was 13 years in the making. Join us when we christen the cabin with a NEK-section sing along – are you brave enough? Hike details will be available soon.

March 9th – Steve will take us up the newest ‘long’ trail in the NEK – Middle Mountain. This is moose country folks if we’re quite and fast we might spot those speed devils of the northern snowfields as they demonstrate their uncanny knack of evading people on snowshoes. Hike details will be available soon.

March 23rd – Kevin takes the helm leading a hike up Burke Mountain. “One-Cut” is known for his spontaneity, so just because he says he’s going up the Red Trail doesn’t mean that’s where his track will take us. No worries, “One-Cut” has never missed getting home for supper. Hike details will be available soon.

March 30th –Steve, who is known to trail maintenance crews far and wide as ‘Sawman’ goes for the hat-trick when he leads a hike up Haystack Mountain. ‘Sawman’ has long maintained the trails on Haystack so this will be expert guide hike. See if you can get him to tell you about the Haystack gold mine – maybe it’s just a tall tale, maybe not. Hike details will be available soon.

April 5th – Annual meeting. The next NEK-section meeting will be held in East Burke at the town library/Burke Mountain Club. A hike to Perry Holbrook State Park is planned. Come see Chris and Jean try and find the trail they flagged this past summer. That should prove to be highly entertaining. If not, well then you can bolster your spirits at the potlatch lunch before we have the meeting. Like most things the devil is in the details and those will be along shortly.

 

1/19/14 NEK/GMC Winter meeting at Lenny’s camp on Holland Pond. Please join us for our winter meeting, hike, potluck and meeting. Meet at Lenny’s Camp at 9:30 AM, hike to Beaver Pond, starting at 10 AM and easy 5 mile round trip. Potluck around noon and meeting at one. Depending on conditions, please being snowshoes and microspikes if you have them. Directions to camp, From Derby Line, take Holland Rd, (Valley RD.) east to Selby Rd, maybe 5 miles. Turn left on to Selby Rd. Turn right on to Holland Pond rd to camps. Lenny will have signs up. From Island Pond, North on 114 to 111, left on 111 to Valley Rd, Right on to valley road to Selby Rd., then same as above. We hope you can join us. Please confirm with me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637.

12/15/13 Manadnock Mountain hike. 5 mile round trip, steady upward moderate climb. Tower on summit with beautiful views in all directions,White, Greens, Canada and NEK mountains. Meet in Island Pond behind the railroad station at 8:30 AM, to car pool to trailhead in Lemmington on the Ct. River. Please dress warmly, bring plenty of food and drink and head lamp if you have one. It gets dark early. Michael Chernick is the trip leader. Please confirm with Michael at chernick5@comcast.net or 802-249-0520 me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-566-9637. Hope you can join us.

FYI Our winter meeting 2014 will be held on January 19,2014 at Lenny’s camp on Holland Pond. Cheryl Byrne, GMC Field Assistant with present her Patagonia trip following the meeting. 

Here we are again, Steve Farrow will be leading a hike on Sunday, 11/3/13 on the new Nulheagan trail, east of Island Pond on route 105. This is a lovely 3.7 mile loop, mostly bordering the Nulhegan River, with beautiful new bridges and a boardwalk. And sometimes a moose or two. It is in the Conte Wildlife Refuge. We will meet at the Railroad station in Island Pond at 9:30 AM and car pool to the trailhead. This is a fairly flat trail and good for all walkers and hikers. Kids are always welcome. Please bring plenty of food and water and dress for the weather. And PLEASE confirm ahead of time with Steve at bluffs@hotmail.com or me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. If there are changes regarding the hike we need to be able to notify you. We look forward to you joining us. Thank you. Jean

Hello all, on Sunday, 10/27/13, I will lead a hike up Bald Mountain to visit the newly restored cabin on the summit. We will hike up the Long Pond Trail, then hike down the Mad Brook trail. We will have to spot cars. We will meet t the Long Pond trailhead parking off of Long Pond Road (off of route 5a) at 9:30 AM and spot a car or cars at the Mad Brook Trail parking area on Mad Brook Road. This is a moderate 5+ mile hike to the fire tower with beautiful views, in all directions. Weather will be chilly with sun and some showers as of today’s forecast. So please dress appropriately with plenty of food and water. Please confirm with me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637. Hope you can make it. Jean

Greetings again, On Saturday, 10/12/13, I will lead a 5 mile round trip on Moose Mountain, across from the Wheeler Pond Camps. this is a moderate hike, the first half mile fairly steep. then a rolling terrain to a beautiful overlook to Lake Willoughby in the Willoughby State Forest. We will meet at 10 AM at the trailhead on Wheeler Mountain Road, past the camps. Please dress for the weather, bring plenty of fluid and food. This is a fun hike, but then I say that about all of our hikes.Please contact me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 586-9637.

At 5 PM, the NEK Section of GMC will hold its Fall Meeting at the East Burke Clubhouse in East Burke. The Executive Committee will meet at 4 PM, the potluck at 5 PM and the meeting at 5:45 or 6:00 PM. We always have good company and good food. Please bring a dish to share. We would love to have strong turnout. We will be scheduling our fall and beginning of winter outings. I look forward to seeing you there. Thanks, Jean

On Saturday, 9/21/13 we will do a road walk in to the Conte Wildlife Management Area, Nulhegan Basin to Lewis Pond which sits just below Gore Mountain. This was the first official hike of the NEK Section of the Green Mountain Club in the year 2000. We will meet in Island Pond behind the railroad station at 9:30 AM. This is an easy 7+or- miles RT with some small hills. The pond is beautiful and remote. We will drive part way into the refuge on the Lewis Pond Road and park where it joins the snowmobile trail Please bring plenty of food and water and dress for the weather. Looks a little rainy for Saturday, but if just showers the hike will be on. Please confirm with me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or at 586-9637. Hope you will join us.

On Sunday, 9/22/13, we will have a Wheeler Pond Camp work day starting at 11 AM, which will include stacking our 5 cords of wood, cleaning up around the camps if needed and general clipping. Mostly stacking wood!!! Please bring gloves, wheel barrows if you have them, sturdy boots and food and water. Supposed to be in the sixties and sunny. This is always a fun day. Please confirm with me at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 586-9637. We do need your help. Thanks, Jean

9/15/13 Belvidere Mountain on Forester Trail. Please join me for a hike up Belvidere Mountain. This is a moderate 5.8 mile round trip on the Frank Post/Forester trail to the summit and tower of Belvidere Mountain in the Long Trail State Forest. The Mines road remains washed out from Eden north. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Lowell School in Lowell on route 100 barely half mile north of the intersection of route 58 and car pool to the trailhead on Tillotson Road. This is a great hike with beautiful views, also looking directly into the wind towers. Weather forecast as of today is for sunny and in the 60′s. prpobably 50′s or less on the summit. Please dress for the weather and bring plenty of food and water. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 of jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hope you can join us.Thanks, Jean

Our schedule through 10/12/13:
9/16/13 Forester Trail up Belvidere
9/21/13 Lewis Pond hike in the Nulheagan, road walk.
9/22/13 Wood stacking day and clean up, Wheeler Pond Camps
9/28/13 Volunteer picnic. GMC headquarters in Waterbury Center.Open to all..
10/12/13 Moose Mountain,
10/12/13 Fall Meeting, East Burke Club House

Special Announcement:

Volunteers Needed for Bald Mountain Project

In 1921, the State of Vermont established one of the earliest forest fire lookout stations on Bald Mountain. This NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will coordinate an effort to preserve the Bald Mountain summit cabin—once home to the fire warden who patrolled the northern mountains for signs of forest fires.

In northern Vermont, most of the original fire lookout stations have been lost or altered. On Belvidere, Monadnock, Burke, Spruce and Elmore Mountains all of the summit cabins have been removed or burned down… and on Gore and Spruce Mountains, the towers have been removed but the cabins still stand. We believe Bald Mountain is only remaining lookout in northern Vermont where both the original tower and summit cabin still stand.

While an effort by NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Green Mountain Club, and Westmore Association volunteers replaced the wooden steps and landings on the Bald Mountain fire tower between 2000-02, the old summit cabin has been largely neglected. Despite significant deterioration and vandalism however, the structure is still quite sound.

The cabin has settled right into the ground and the floor members are crumbling from dry-rot but the upper framing, walls and roof are all intact. The plan is to jack up the structure, re-set the dry stone foundation and construct a whole new floor system. Doors, windows and trim will all be added according to the building’s original framing and appearance. In addition, the project calls for restoring the buildings original cedar shingle siding.

A major logistical challenge is getting materials to the work site. Of the 2.8 mile climb from the north side of the mountain, crews plan to haul materials in by trailer 1.8 miles to the base of the mountain. From there, they are counting on a strong volunteer turnout to haul lumber and supplies—one board at a time—the remaining mile to the mountain summit. Volunteer days are scheduled for September 11-14 and as needed the following week. Participants of all backgrounds are encouraged to help. There are many different materials that need to get to the work site—from 8-foot 2×6 boards to small boxes of nails and screws—and every little bit helps.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the NorthWoods Conservation Corps office at 802-723-6551 x117 or email luke@northwoodscenter.org.

LIST OF DATES FOR UPCOMING WORK DAYS AND HIKES. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

9/1/13 Middle Mountain Hike. Please join us for a hike up to the second summit of Middle Mountain, next Sunday. This is and easy to moderate hike on our new trail Around 7 miles round trip with views into Canada and small views into the Conte Wildlife Refuge and Lewis Pond. We will meet behind the railroad station in Island Pond at 9:30 AM and car pool to the Gore trailhead. Please dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and food. Steve Farrow, Middle Mountain trail adopter, will be doing some clipping of pricker bushes at the log landing, so bring some small clippers if you want to. So far the weather looks good for Sunday. Steve is the trip leader so please confirm with him at bluffs@hotmail.com or me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hope to see you there. Jean

8/17/13 South America Pond hike in the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Grade wise, this is an easy gravel road walk with a few small ups and downs. About 7 miles round trip to a beautiful small pond with one lease camp on it. We will meet at Island Pond at the railroad station at 9:30AM. Weather looks good so far for Saturday, but please dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and food. This is really a great walk in the woods in a very protected area. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Hope you can join us. Jean

8/3/13 Hike Brousseau and Averill Mountains in Norton on the border. Meet at Island Pond behind the railroad station at 9:30 AM to car pool. Brousseau is an easy 1.6 miles RT to a spectacular overlook to little Averill Pond and the Kingdom Heritage Lands (former Champion Lands). Last time I was there, eagles were flying below the cliffs. Then 1.5 miles to the east on 114, hike Averill Mountain, 1.4 miles RT, easy to moderate with views to the south. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of food and water.  Please join us on this fun outing. Contact Peter Bullock at 802-895-4220 or bullockp21@yahoo.com to confirm. We look forward to seeing you.

8/17/13: South America Pond and maybe Madison Falls, road walk in West  Mountain WMA. Meet at Wenlock, 9 AM. confirm with jean at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com.

9/1/13: Middle Mountain, moderate 7+ miles RT, Meet at Gore Trailhead, 9 AM, Steve Farrow, leader, bluffs@hotmail.com.

10/6/13: Bald Mountain, Mad Brook Trail, haul wood up for cabin restoration. Contact Luke for details, 802-723-6551, ext 117. or luke@northwoodscenter.org.

10/12/13: Moose Mountain, 5 miles RT, Meet at trailhead 10 AM, moderate. Contact Jean at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com.

10/12/13; NEk GMC fall meeting, East Burke Clubhouse, Executive meeting, 4 PM, Potluck, 5 PM, Meeting 6 PM. Contact Chris Rice at 748-0640 or ricec@fiu.edu. or jhaighvt@gmail.com, or 586-9637.

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A reminder, Wheeler Pond Camps Workday, Sunday, 9;30 AM to 2:30 PM. Please bring work gloves, rake, clippers, loppers and most importantly, wheelbarrows. Pete Antos-Ketcham will be bringing the woodsplitter from the club. Bring plenty of water, food and dress for weather. Looks to be hot on Sunday. Take a swim or hike up Moose to the overlook when we finish. If you can’t come for the whole day, come for a couple of hours. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Both camps are available for free Saturday night. If you wish to stay, let me know. FYI, the Wheeler Mountain road sign is missing again off of route 5. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com Hoping you can make it.  Jean

REMINDER: The summer meeting of the GMC-NEK section will be held On June 29th, 2013 at Lenny Targonski’s on Holland Pond.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: The planned hike will start at 9:00 am. Meet at Lenny’s (he’s putting up signs) to then go for a hike to Beaver Pond which is north of Holland Pond and skirts the border. The cookout is planned for 12:00 pm. Judy Anastasia is bringing hot dogs, hamburgers (veggie burgers too), rolls, condiments, and paper goods so all you need to bring is a side dish or a dessert. The meeting will be held following lunch at 1:00 pm. Please let me know if you’ll be attending so we can get an idea of the numbers: Chris Rice at (802)-748-0460 or ricec@fiu.edu ; Jean Haigh at jhaighvt@gmail.com 

7/7/13 Workday at Wheeler Pond Camps

Reminders for all good NEK GMC friends: GMC Annual meeting st Stratton Mountain, 5/7 & 5/8. You can register on the greenmountainclub.org website. On 6/15 I will be leading a hike on the Long Pond Trail on Bald Mountain to the tower. On 6/29 we will have our summer meeting atLenny Targonski‘s camp on Holland Pond, with the hike at 9:30 on Russ’s trail skirting the border, cookout at 12:30 and meeting at 1:30. Also a proposed 9+ mile hike from Mad Brook Trail, to East Trail, to Pisgah North trail and Pisgah South trail to parking area to take place 7/6 or 7/7 or 7/13 or 8/14. Moderate to difficult. Date to be determined. Jean Haigh and Christopher Ricewill be leading. A fun hike on a good day. Details to follow. Also, Manadnock on , Michael Chernick, leader. We will add many more hikes and works soon. Stay tuned!!

 

Greetings All, on 6/15/13, next Saturday, I will lead a hike up Long Pond Trail to the Bald Mountain Summit in Westmore. This is a moderate hike with a fairly steep last section to the Bald Mountain Tower around 5 miles round trip. Beautiful views in all direction. So far the weather looks to be fair and around 70, but that could change. Please bring clothes for whatever the conditions, food and plenty of water.  Directions: Long Pond Rd. off of Route 5A, past fishing access on Long Pond, up short hill with parking area on left. This is a wonderful hike and I do hope you can join us. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com

Middle Mountain spring walk through. We will do a spring check/walk through on the trail to the second summit of Middle Mountain on Sunday, May 19th. Let’s plan to meet at the Island Pond Train station at 9:30 and arrange car-pools for a 10:00 start. This is a moderate hike, approximately 6.8 miles round trip. Dress for changing weather, bring a snack and lunch, as well as plenty of water. Contact Steve Farrow — bluffs@hotmail.com to confirm or any questions. Or contact Jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or call at 802-586-9637. This will be a fun hike rather that a work hike. Look forward to seeing you all.

PS; Trying again for Wheeler Pond Camps work day on Sunday, May 26.

5/11/13, Saturday, Wheeler Pond Camps work day. Hi Everybody, Please join us for a work day at the camps, 9:30 to 2:00, or however much time you can give. We will be bringing fire wood strewn around the camps up to the woodsheds. Chain saws would be greatly appreciated as there are a number of blow downs. Steve Farrow got a good start on them, but more to go. The log splitter will not be available on this day, but there is plenty of work to do. So please bring gloves, wheelbarrows, rakes and some clippers. Bring plenty of water and food. We will be spring cleaning the camps as well. A beautiful time of the year at the camps. Please confirm with me at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Thanks and hope you can make it. Located on Wheeler Mountain Road, 1 mile in, off of route 5. Five miles south of Barton.

4/28/13 Holbrook Memorial Park: Hello again. Please join us for a hike/work day at the Perry Holbrook Memorial Park Sunday at 10 AM. it is located on Route 122 just a mile and half or so east of Bread and Puppet or a mile plus from the height of the land on 122 coming from the east on the north side of the road. We will be flagging with blue flagging tape the entire loop up Big Rock Hill. also locating the whole trail around Long Pond and flagging. Any one who wants to bring clippers or loppers, please do so. Please dress for the weather, it may be muddy, bring food an plenty of water. This is an easy to moderate hike with three beautiful ponds. We will be in the woods approximately, 3 to 4 hours, though even 2 hours of your time would be great

There is no entrance sign and I am not sure if the access road will be open. I am trying to get hold of the individual who graciously lets us park at his house. Many of our members already know how to get in, otherwise please call or email for directions. jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637. Please try to car pool if you can. I really look forward to seeing you. Hope you can make it. It is another magical place. Thanks, Jean

4/21/13 Headwaters Camp, Unknown Pond: Please join us for a hike up to the Headwater’s Camp on Unknown Pond, Avery’s Gore. We will meet in Island Pond behind the Railroad station at 10AM and carpool to the trailhead. The GMC board has approved the purchase of the camp, with details still to be worked out. We will go up the Unknown Pond trail from 114, bushwhack to the snowmobile trail, then to the camp. We will return down the proposed new trail. This is an easy to moderate hike, with the first portion fairly steep. Approximately 4 miles. Please dress for warmish (one would hope) weather and probably muddy conditions. Bring lunch and plenty of water. This is a rain or shine hike, unless absolutely pouring. This is an amazing hike not to miss. I am always taken by the natural beauty of the place. Please confirm: 802-586-9637, or jhaighvt@gmail.com. Thanks, hope you can make it. Jean

  3/23/13 - 12 Noon Please Join us for an exploratory hike in the Holbrook Memorial Park. Easy to moderate.We will do some bushwhacking on the back side of Long Pond, trying to find an old trail and/or other options over Big Rock Hill, really a mountain, as well. On route 122 just over the border from Sheffield, but you must call for direction as there is no sign. Bring lunch and we will eat at the sort of lean-to on Long Pond. the hike will be 2 to 3 hours. Then join us at the East Burke Club House for our annual meeting and election of officers. Join us at five for a tasty potluck, and the meeting at 6. There will be an executive meeting at 4 PM. I hope you can join us and welcome our new members. Please call me to confirm at 802 -586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com.

3/17/2013, 10:00 AM – Please join us for a hike in the Hurricane. It is a moderate hike/walk with little elevation change. The Hurricane will be a 5.5 to 6 mile walk (round trip) on the VAST snowmobile trails. We will hike to the junction designated as “The Hurricane” or even a short distance further to the Ben Cole Clearing, a state constructed parking/camping area. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Holland Elementary School. Steve Farrow is the trip leader – bluffs@hotmail.com. This is an almost mystical area and its name defies its history:

From Zadock Thompson’s 1842 Natural History of Vermont :
“On the 2nd of July 1833, this town [Holland] was visited by a violent tornado. It commenced on Salem Pond in Salem, [now a part of Derby] and passed over this town in a northeasterly direction.

March 9 2013 – Moose Mountain – Lake Willoughby Overlook

Please join me for a hike to Moose Mountain summit (2,339′) and then on to the Lake Willoughby Overlook. This is a 4.8 mile round trip with and elevation gain of about 1,250′. I’ll be taking notes and photos for the update to the GMC Snowshoeing in Vermont Guide. Meet at the plow turnaround just after the Wheeler Pond camps and just before the trailhead at 9:30 am Saturday March 9th. Appropriate winter hiking gear required (e.g. warm cloths, food, water, snowshoes, microspikes). Contact Chris Rice at ricec@fiu.edu or 748-0460.

‎3/3/13  Spruce Mountain Hike
Kevin Williamson will be leading a hike to the Spruce Mountain fire tower on Sunday, 3/3/2013. The total roundtrip distance is 4.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1200 ft. The grades are mostly easy to moderate on this 3037 ft. peak, but a few steeper pitches should also be expected. We’ll be meeting in Plainfield, VT at 10AM. Please contact me for directions and carpooling information at overmtn@charter.net or    802-222-5951. 

ADVANCE NOTICE: Save the date. Watch for further notice as times may change.

3/17/2013, 10:00 AM – Please join us for a hike in the Hurricane. It is a moderate hike/walk with little elevation change. The Hurricane will be a 5.5 to 6 mile walk (round trip) on the VAST snowmobile trails. We will hike to the junction designated as “The Hurricane” or even a short distance further to the Ben Cole Clearing, a state constructed parking/camping area. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Holland Elementary School. Steve Farrow is the trip leader – bluffs@hotmail.com. This is an almost mystical area and its name defies its history:

From Zadock Thompson’s 1842 Natural History of Vermont :
“On the 2nd of July 1833, this town [Holland] was visited by a violent tornado. It commenced on Salem Pond in Salem, [now a part of Derby] and passed over this town in a northeasterly direction.

Also, Save this date: 3/23/13, NEKGMC Annual Meeting at he East Burke Club House in East Burke, 4 PM Executive Committee, 5 PM Pot Luck, 6 PM Meeting. Lots of good company and delicious food. Election of officers.  Prior to meeting will be a hike, yet to be determined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Hello  Again, We have two hikes next weekend, see details below

2/16/13 Middle Mountain trail, moderate seven miles round trip to second summit of Middle. Please bring snowshoes and Microspikes if you have them. Dress warmly, plenty of fluids and food, head lamp if you have one. We will meet behind the railroad station in island Pond at nine AM. Please confirm with me at 802-586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com

2.17/13 Woodbury Mountain in West Woodbury. this is an easy to moderate hike oup and old logging road with bushwhacking on the summit ridge. There is a logging road that traverses the summit as well. Maybe three to five miles round trip. Will see how folks feel. Beautiful views of the Green Mountains. Dress accordingly to the weather. This is a little out of the NEK, but only a little. We will meet at the Grand Union in Hardwick. I will be in a blue Forester. Please confirm with me at the above addresses.

I look forward to seeing you. Hope you can make it.. We will cancel it it is raining. Who knows with this weather. Jean

PS, Please send this to our general NEK membership/ Thanks Jerry

 

oose Mountain and Willoughby Lookout

On Saturday, 1/26/2013, I’ll lead a trip to Moose Mountain and the Willoughby Lookout.  This is a nice winter hike with several good spots for viewing the NEK region.  The round trip will be about 4.8 miles with an elevation gain of about 900 feet.  Come prepared for a winter hike: food, water, snowshoes, microspikes, poles, and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Meet at the parking area on the right beyond the Wheeler Pond camps at 10:00 am.  Contact: Chris Rice – (802)-748-0460 or ricec@fiu.edu

 

NEK GMC Annual Meeting 3/23/12 at the East Burke Club house at 5 PM. Hike TBD

A list of upcoming hikes with details to follow.

2/3/2013, 10:00 AM – A hike from Holland Pond along the North Shore Trail to the lean-too on Round Pond – 4 miles round trip, easy. Sunday, wewill meet at 9:30 AM at the Holland Elementary School.We will return to Lenny’s camp for home made corn chowder. Bring something to share if you want. Steve Farrow is the trip leader – bluffs@hotmail.com. Please confirm with Steve Farrow at bluffs@hotmail.com or Jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637 . This will be great hike–please join us. Thanks, Steve and Jean 

1/26/13- Moose Mountain to Mt. Hor traverse- 7  miles, spot cars, difficult. 9 AM at Moose Mountain trailhead. Chris Rice-leader. ricec@fiu.edu

2/2/13- Green Mountain Club Snowshoe Fest, find on greenmountainclub.org. I am leading a hike up Elmore Mountain.

2/3/13- Holland Pond to shelter- 4 miles RT, easy, folks can stay overnight at Lenny’s camp, Saturday. Steve Farrow- leader. bluffs@hotmail.com

2/9/13- Manadnock Montain to fire tower, Leminton, Vt., 5 miles RT, moderate. meet at Island Pond at 9 AM. Michael Chernick-leader. Chernick5@comcast.net

2/16/13- Woodbury Mountain, old logging road to coll, traverse of mountain, 3-4 miles, easy to moderate, some bushwhacking. meet in Hardwick at 10 AM, GU parking lot. Jean Haigh, leader, jhaighvt@gmail.com.

2/24/13- Montclair Glen Lodge on Long trail, 5 miles RT, moderate, meet at Montpelier high School, 9 AM. Michael Chernick, leader. chernick5@comcast.net.

3/3/13- Spruce Mountain in Groton, 4 miles RT, moderate, Meet at 10 AM, Kevin Williamson, leader. overmtn@charter.net.

3/17/13- Holland Pond, the Hurricane hike, 5+or- miles, easy. Steve Farrow, Bluffs@hotmail.com.

 

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1/5/13 Greetings; a change in plans for NEK/GMC’s January 5, 2013 hike. We will NOT be hiking East Haven Mountain, having just read the manual with the trail description, suggesting it is more of a challenge then it used to be. Apologies. We will be hiking in the Victory Basin, Fish and Wildlife management Area, to a remote shelter. This is an approximately 5 mile round trip, down hill to the shelter and back up. Generally, this is an easy to slightly moderate hike. We will meet at 10 AM behind the East Burke Club House and car pool to the trailhead on Granby Road. Please bring your Snowshoes, warm clothes, food and plenty to drink. The hike will be followed by the NEK/GMC’s Winter meeting at the East Burke Clubhouse. Potluck at 5 PM and meeting at 6 PM. Kevin Williamson is the trip leader. Please confirm with Kevin at overmtn@charter.net or Jean Haigh at jhaighvt@gmail.com or  802-586-9637.  Hope you can make it!!
‎1/12/13
On Saturday, January 12, Tim McKay will lead a hike to explore the Peacham side of Groton State Forest. We will meet at 10 behind the Peacham Cogragational Church, walk in from Martin’s Pond, up Devil’s Hill to a ledge viewpoint that has views across Peacham Bog and Peacham Pond to the Worcester Range and the Green Mountains beyond, and a second viewpoint over Martin’s Pond and out to the White Mountains. Then we will do an easy bush-whack south along the ridge above the Bog to a beaver flowage at the headwaters of Red Brook. From there we will loop back to the cars. The hike is about 3.5 miles or so and will take about 2 1/2 hours. More info to come.
12/16/12Please join us for a post-deer hunting season hike in the Perry Holbrook State Park next Sunday, December 16th. We have the go ahead from Forest Parks and Recreation to restore the existing trails, so we can do some light trail maintenance. This is an easy to moderate hike. This is an absolutely beautiful area with three lovely ponds. The park is located off Route 122 in Sheffield about 1.5 miles east of Bread and Puppet Theater on the left and one mile to the west, down the hill from the height of the land on the right. The main landmark is a yellow school bus turn around sign just at the entrance to the dirt road that provides access to the park. Follow the dirt road to the parking lot located beyond the big field. Please bring warm clothes, food, plenty to drink, clippers, bow saws, and work gloves, blue flagging tape. The long range forecast calls for 28F and a chance of snow (50%) with possible accumulation of up to 1 in. You might want to pack micro-spikes just in case. We’ll meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot trailhead.
Contact: Chris Rice at ricecp05819.gmail.com or 748-0460. Or Jean Haigh at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 586-9637.
December 2,2012. Please join us for a hike Sunday, December 2nd on the new (incomplete) North Branch Trail.  This 3.7 mile trail follows a new cut along the North Branch of the Nulhegan River and then an old logging road for half the distance in the Nulhegan Basin U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge lands.  The trail is unfinished–lacking bridges across deep beaver cuts flowing into the main river.  The trail is very gradual with little elevation change, as well as interesting natural and historical viewing points.  Dress for changing weather conditions in the highlands of Essex County.  Bring food, snacks, and plenty of water. 
Please plan to meet at the large Wenlock Crossing pull-off at 9:30 AM.  Head east on Route 105 from Island Pond through Ferdinand and the parking area is just past the “boots in the barrel” Hardwick Camp, just before  the railroad crossing, and on the left.  The VELCO staging yard is on your right.  We will regroup and head back a few hundred yards to the parking lot for the trail (across from the big VELCO sign). 
This will be great–please join us. Please confirm with Steve Farrow at Bluffs@hotmail.com or with Jean jhaighvt@gmail.com or 586-9637

10/28/12 Hello Again,  There will be a hike up Gore Mountain next Sunday, 10/28/12. This is a difficult  eight mile round trip, fairly flat for first two miles, the steady up hill for next two miles, steep toward the top. We will meet behind the Island Pond Railroad Station at 8:30 AM. , Please bring plenty of warm/dry clothes, food and drink. If the water is too high at  the brook, mile and 3/4ths from the start, we will turn back and do Middle Mountain. Hopefully, it will be all right. This is a fun but long hike with an old fire warden’s cabin at the top. Please contact Michael Chernick, trip leader at chernick5@comcast.net or 802-249-0520 to confirm.

Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all.You can also contact Jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637 to confirm.

10/21/12, 10:00 AM. Hello All, once again, a really grand hike and great for kids as well. Please join us for a     hike in the Hurricane. It is a moderate hike/walk with little elevation change.  Going east and just past Holland School you can turn left off the paved road onto Holland Pond Road and go about another 3 miles.  Take a right before the Holland Pond fishing access on South Shore Road, go past Lenny’s camp, all the way to the end where we can park in a small lot and along the road.

  The Hurricane will be a 5.5 to 6 mile walk (round trip) on the VAST snowmobile trails. We can g0 to the junction designated as “The Hurricane” or even a short distance further to Ben Cole       clearing, a state constructed parking/camping area.  It is an almost mystical area and its name defies its history:

From Zadock Thompson’s 1842  Natural History of Vermont :

 “On the 2nd of July 1833, this town [Holland] was visited by a violent tornado.  It commenced on Salem Pond in Salem, [now a part of Derby] and passed over this town in a northeasterly direction.  It was from half to three-quarters of a mile wide, and it prostrated and scattered nearly all the trees, fences and buildings in its course.  It crossed the outlet of Norton pond [sic] and passed into Canada, and its course could be traced through the forests nearly to the Connecticut river [sic].”

Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all. Please contact jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637, or Steve at Bluffs@hotmail.com to confirm.
Thanks, Jean

10/13/12 Greetings again and again!! Please join us for our hike in the Perry Holbrook State Park next Saturday.As we have made a proposal to Forest Parks and Recreation to restore the existing trails, we will taking look at the trail conditions,tent platforms and the lean-to. However, this will be a hike for pleasure as well.This is an easy to moderate hike, with the options for a out and back as well as up Big Rock Hill. Out and back, is approximately 2 miles, and would be great for kids. This is an absolutely beautiful area with three lovely ponds. The park is located off Route 122 in Sheffield just .5 miles east of Bread and Puppet Theater on the left and one mile to the west, down the hill from the height of the land on the right. There is no sign, however, I will put a sign out. It is a woods road in that is somewhat obscure!!!. I am changing the time to meet to 11:30 AM. Please bring warm clothes, food and plenty to drink. The forecast is for sunny and in the 50′s.

Our fall meeting will be held at the East Burke Club House—Executive Committee meeting at 4, potluck at 5 and meeting at six. Please join us. Always good food and great company. We welcome all, relatives, guests, friends and general public.

Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all. Please contact jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637 to confirm. Thanks, Jean

10/7/12 Greetings Again, Please join me on Sunday, 10/7/12 for a hike up our continuing trail past Split Rock to the first and second summits of Middle Mountain. this work was completed and approved this summer. The NorthWoods Conservation crew, with some help from NEK/GMC volunteers built a beautiful and winding trail up to the summits. This is an easy to moderate hike, approximately six miles round trip. We will meet behind the Island Pond rail road station at nine AM and carpool to the Gore trailhead. Please be sure to dress for the weather, bring plenty of fluids and food. Unless it is pouring, the hike will be on. This is the first official NEk/GMC section hike on this trail. I do hope you join us.

> Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all. Please contact jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or             802-586-9637       to confirm.
>>> Thanks, Jean

Hey All. Please join us next Sunday for a hike up Haystack Mountain. This is an easy to moderate hike, around four and a half miles including some pretty road walk We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Bald mountain Long Pond trailhead parking lot. We will road walk to the Haystack south trailhead. Some short steep sections. Dress for the weather, though bring plenty of fluid and food. Steve Farrow will be leading the hike. Please contact him at bluffs@hotmail.com or me. Please see below. This ia always a fun hike. Should be peak foliage. Directions—-route 5a, left onto Long Pond road, up the hill past the fishing access on Long Pond. Parking just up the hill on the left. Don’t forget Middle Mountain on 10/7 and Fall meeting and Perry Holbrook SP on 10/13. will be in touch.

Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all. Please contact jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637.
>> Thanks, Jean

8/19/12 Wheeler Pond Camps Hi All. Just letting folks know, there will be a Wheeler Pond Camp work day on Sunday, August 19, 2012. We will be stacking around four cords of new firewood, this time cut to the correct length. Also, Pete will bring the log splitter to get those big birches by the upper wood shed. We will also be clipping back some overgrown bushes and fixing the lower trail between the camps. Someone took firewood and lined that trail with it. Oh well!! Please bring wheelbarrows if you have one, loppers, rakes, gloves, food and drink. We will start at 9:30 and work til around 1:30 or 2, then go for a hike around the pond and down the Gnome Stairs trail to small waterfall. All easy. Maybe look for some possible tent sites on our four plus acres. Hope you can come.
Thank you so much. I really look forward to seeing you all. Please contact jean at jhaighvt@gmail.com or 802-586-9637.
>> Thanks, Jean

9/22/12 GMC Volunteer Picnic, at Waterbury Headquarters. 3 PM I think. Lots of good food and company.

9/29/12 Northeast Kingdom Peaks Challange, contact Luke O’Brien at NorthWoods Stewardship Center, luke@northwoodscenter.org, for details.

9/30/12 Haystack Mountain, Westmore, 4 miles. Meet at 9 AM Long Pond Trail parking lot. Steve Farrow trip leader. Confirm with Steve at bluffs@hotmail.com

10/6/12 Possible hike to Headwaters Camp, Unknown Pond. Details to follow.

10/7/12 Middle Mountain summit. Hike next portion of our beautiful new trail. 6 miles round trip. Moderate. Meet 9 AM Island Pond at railroad Station. Confirm with Jean, 802-586-9637 of jhaighvt@gmail.com

10/13/12 Perry Holbrook State Park, Route 122 Sheffield. Scouting trip for trail restoration, following flaglines, looking at old tent platforms, and leanto. Meet at 12 noon at park, Bring lunch. Directions to follow.
10/13/12 Fall meeting of NEKGMC at the East Burke Club House. EX committee, 4 PM, Pot Luck at 5 and meeting at 6.

10/21/12 Sunday, The Hurricane, meet at 10 AM at the Holland Pond fishing access. hike to Laurie’s, to the state trail and loop back to the vast trail Steve says it “will be great”. Fairly flat and rolling. Confirm with Steve at bluffs@hotmail.com or jean at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com

10/28/12 Sunday Gore Mountain Trail, difficult 8 miles round trip. Plenty of food and water. Meet at Island Pond at 8:30 AM. Confirm with Michael Chernick at Chernick5@comcast.net or jean at 586-9637 or jhaighvt@gmail.com

12/2/12 Sunday North Branch Trail at the Nulhegan Basin. meet at the Wenlock croossing parking area on route 105, just east of the Hardwick “boots in the barrel camp”. Confirm with Steve at Bluffs@hotmail.com.