The Northeast Kingdom Section of Vermont’s Green Mountain Club provides and preserves hiking opportunities and supports land and wildlife stewardship in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont.

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GMCNEK Quarterly Meeting – Sunday, July 14th, 10AM – 4PM

Join us at Lenny’s Camp at Holland Pond for a hike to Beaver Pond, 1.6 miles out and back, potluck, and quarterly meeting. We will provide GMC updates, trail and membership news and upcoming and ongoing projects. Bring your swim suits and kayaks and enjoy the day.

Map: AllTrails – Bill Sladyk WMA – Beaver Pond Trail

The Hurricane Hike – Sunday, August 25th, 10AM

The Hurricane in Holland / Norton is a part of the Bill Sladyk Wildlife Management Area and is a unique hiking destination. The Hurricane was probably named before Norton was even settled and was likely a result of a major 19th century straight-line storm. Note this reference about the town of Holland from the History of Vermont, natural, civil and statistical, in three parts, with an appendix. 1853, by Zadock Thompson: “The timber consists of maple, beech, birch spruce, hemlock, &c. On the 2nd of July 1833, this town was visited by a violent tornado. It commenced on Salem pond in Salem, 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 and passed into Canada, and its course could be traced through the forests nearly to Connecticut river.” A look at the map today shows that based on this description the path would have taken this storm directly over the latter-named “Hurricane” area of Holland and Norton (before major settlement in this area). This remote part of the Orleans and Essex County line remains very intriguing. Please join me on the first day of fall, Sunday, September 22nd at 10:00 AM. The hike is about 6 miles round trip (or less) of very easy hiking. We will either hike in from the Holland Pond South Shore Road to the snowmobile trail, or possibly an easy “bushwhack” from Trucott Road in Holland to the snowmobile trail. (Specific details to follow later in the summer.)

Bill Sladyk WMA–Hurricane Brook – Essex, Vermont, US – Birding Hotspots https://birdinghotspots.org/hotspot/L1968525

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Ride – Saturday, August 31st, 9:30AM
Jeff Morris has volunteered to lead a biking adventure starting at the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail parking lot in Morrisville. There is plenty of parking there and it’s a nice trail to Johnson, about 8 miles. Then after a break and possibly ice cream, returning the way we came, for a total of about 16 miles. If the group decides to pedal further, this is also an option. RSVP gmcnek@gmail.com to participate.
Long Trail Day – Saturday, September 21st, 8AM

This year Team Kingdom Express will hike the Long Trail north from Hazen’s Notch (VT 58) .The trail descends moderately from Rte 58 (el 1780) to Hazen’s Notch Camp (0.5 miles, el 1500). From here the trail climbs steeply over the west shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain, keeping west of the summit ridge, crossing several ravines, then ascends to the skyline of Bruce Peak (3.2 miles, el 2900). A short distance beyond, the summit of Buchanan Mountain (4.1 miles, el 2940), where there is a view of Jay Peak and Big Jay. On the north slope of Buchanan Mountain is Chet’s Lookout (4.3 miles, el 2900) on a boulder reached by a log ladder. The trail then descends into a saddle and, following the ridge, climbs to the summit of Domey’s Dome (5.3 miles, el 2880). From there the trail descends unevenly to a sag (5.9 miles), then climbs the ridge to the south summit of Gilpin Mountain (6.3 miles, el 2920), where there is a lookout with limited views to the east. Following the ridge the LT soon begins a descent, steep at times, to the west of the north summit and, after passing a spring on the right, immediately reaches Jay Pass Vt 242 (7.1 miles, el 2180).Total: 7.1 miles, elevation gain 1480 feet, estimated hiking time 5 hrs.

There is limited parking at Hazen’s Notch. We will have someone pick us up at Jay Pass at 8AM and drop us off at Hazen’s Notch.

Join Team Kingdom Express and donate to the Green Mountain Club.

Westmore Mountain Challenge, Saturday, September 28th

We (GMCNEK) will sponsor a rest station at the Mad Brook Trailhead supplying snacks and refreshments to participants of the Westmore Mountain Challenge hosted by Northwoods Stewardship. We are looking for volunteers to spend time at this station throughout the day. Other volunteers will be needed by Northwoods Stewardship to flag and sweep the trails before and after the event. Our trail adopters will be asked to check their trails prior to the event.

Wood Stacking Weekend – Friday, October 11th – Sunday, October 13th

Join us for a weekend of wood stacking, hiking, camping, and fun! The weekend starts Friday night sitting around a campfire listening to stories. Saturday morning will start with coffee and delicious treats, then wood stacking, a lunch break and an afternoon hike. Saturday night and Sunday will be a repeat of the Friday and Saturday. Camping choices will be Hadsel Mares and Jean Haigh Cabin. RSVP gmcnek@gmail.com

Norton Pond Paddle (Repeat) – Monday, July 1st

Four of us paddled at Norton Pond in Warren’s Gore, just south of Norton. We explored the inlet where Hurricane Brook comes in.

Norton Pond Paddle – Tuesday, June 25th, 9AM
Susan volunteered to lead a paddle at Norton Pond in Warren’s Gore, just south of Norton. This 583 acre pond is considered an overlooked treasure. One person joined her on this adventure. They explored the coves and inlets on the south end, and they explored the inlet, where Hurricane Brook comes in, spending 6 hours exploring.
Owls Head Hike – Monday, June 24th, 10AM

Victor volunteered to  lead a hike on the Owls Head Trail, 5 miles, 700 ft elevation, easy-moderate, 2.5 hours. Like a true hiker Victor hiked though nobody else signed up.

Map: https://www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/groton-state-forest-owls-head-mountain

Brighton Trails Day – Saturday, June 22nd

Another Brighton Trails Day in the books. Volunteers led hikes on Bluff Community Trail, Bluff Ridge Trail (PDF map), Middle Mountain Trail, Moose Bog Trail, and Nulhegan River Trail. Thank you to Susan Winsor for organizing this. Thank you to the volunteers that made this happen. Also thank you to Brighton Recreation , Town of Brighton, Vermont , Brighton State Park, Vermont State Parks , Silvio O’ Conte Wildlife Refuge, Vermont ANR, and landowners.

Green Mountain Club Annual Meeting – Saturday, June 15th

Victor, Cathi, and I represented the Northeast Kingdom at the Annual Meeting. Cathi was presented with the GMC President’s Award for all her years of volunteerism. Yay Cathi!

Gore East Trail Hike, Monday, June 3rd

John led and impromptu hike on the Gore Mountain East Trail, joined by Susan. This hike was posted on our Facebook Page on Saturday. We left Island Pond at 8AM for the 1 hour drive on Henshaw Rd, 4 Mile Rd, and Lewis Pond Rd. to reach our destination. There were many ladyslippers along the drive, both pink and white. The hike is 2.3 miles to the summit and started off by surprising a young moose. During the hike we enjoyed our surrounding, while also looking for Steve’s glasses along the way (Steve lost them while doing trail work). We enjoyed a snack at the summit, then headed back.

Jean Haigh Cabin Grand Opening, Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Saturday we celebrated the grand opening of the GMC Jean Haigh Cabin with Jean’s Family, GMC, GMC NEK, and a select few guests. Because of limited parking this was an invitation only event. During the event there were presentations by GMC Executive Director Mike Debonis, GMC President Nancy McClellan, Director of Land Conservation Molly Klepack Flanigan, and GMC NEK Director Cathi Brooks, all speaking kind words and memories of Jean.  A plaque was unveiled to Jean’s family that will hang at the cabin. After many of us enjoyed a hike on the Wheeler Pond Trail.

Haystack Mountain Loop Hike, Sunday, May 26
I was at the North Trailhead, Kate was at the South Trailhead, we both started our hikes at 9:10AM and met at the summit. This 3.3 mile loop hike up and over Haystack Mountain and out Long Pond Road has 840 feet of elevation gain; it’s a steep climb to the summit and three viewpoints along the hike from the summit along the descent.
Essentials of Map & Compass, Sunday, May 19th

NEKGMC Member Gordon Dubois and Burlington Section Member David Hathaway led this workshop to help people understand the information provided on a topographical map, the proper use of a compass, and how to put the two together. They learned about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic declination, and pairing a compass to a map. Then learned how to use a map and compass to find a bearing with a map and follow it in the field, and to take bearings on visible landmarks and use them to determine where location. After covering these fundamentals, they practiced orienteering skills in the woods around the Green Mountain Club campus.

Trail Work at Cow Mountain Pond Forest, Sunday, May 19th
Some hearty members of the GMC NEK showed up to tackle the brush, blowdowns, drainage, heat, and bugs on this 6 mile loop. We started by sending half the crew on the Back Loop and other half on the Main Loop. We met again near the “getting overgrown” overlook, then headed back to do the spur to Little Cow Pond and the spur to the summit. A few of us swallowed blackflies on this team effort.
East Haven Cabin Hike, Saturday, May 11th, 9AM

Gordon DuBois led a day hike to The Cabin on East Haven Mountain, in East Haven, VT., where they enjoyed lunch. The Cabin sits on the edge of a cliff offering a spectacular view of Umpire Mountain and the White Mountains. After lunch, they hiked to the summit of East Haven Mountain (3,060′), the summit of East Haven Mt. is another mile from the Cabin.

NEKGMC Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 7th

We met at the CCC road trailhead and hiked the 2.9 mile Middle Loop, then enjoyed a potluck at the Burke Community Library. The meeting started at 1PM, we honored Cathi Brooks with an NEK Section Award & Gift Certificate for all her volunteer work for the past 19 years. Next we asked for nominations, then reelected all members of the Executive Committee to continue for another year. We are still in search of a Director to replace Cathi when she leaves later this year.

Map: https://www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/willoughby-state-forest-ski-trails

Hike South America Pond Rd, Friday, March 8th

We met at the Community National Bank in Island Pond then carpooled to the Moose Bog Trailhead. We hiked the  South America Pond Road to the Firing Range, about 5 miles out and back. Then, we hiked out to Moose Bog and back.

The Mooseway at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, February 15th
It was a beautiful day to hike with NEKGMC section friends to Mooseway and Mud Pond. We made additional stops at Cherry and Little Cherry Ponds and ended up with a 6.28 miles hike under deep blue sky and sunshine.
Explore the ROCKS in Bethlehem, NH, Wednesday, February 7th
Janet Steinert led an easy 2 mile saunter on snowshoes in Bethlehem at a Forest Society North location in Bethlehem, NH called The Rocks. Perfect for SLOTHs (Sauntering Lads and Ladies on Therapeutic Hikes). With many acres of preserved land, this is a great destination for snowshoers with forest and field views of the north country. Lots of history there, totally worth the trip.
Check out the Jean Haigh Cabin, Tuesday, February 6th

Only a few showed up, but it was a beautiful day to check out the newly constructed cabin. Conditions were hard packed snow and slippery, so getting there was tricky, micro-spikes were an after thought.

Winter NEK GMC Meeting, Sunday, January 21st

We started the day with a snowshoe hike and some of us skied. The snowshoers hiked the Gardner Trail, Echo Lake Trail, then the Lang Brook Trail for a short 1.7 mile enjoyable hike. The skiers started and Echo Lake and did a point-to-point ski to the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont; I guess they did a little bushwhacking along the way, as the trail was trackless prior to their ski (snowshoe or ski on Northwoods many trails). At noon, we enjoyed a potluck lunch with 4 types of vegetarian chili, mac & cheese, meatballs, snacks, salads, homemade bread, and desserts. The meeting began at 1PM; Maria Young, Executive Director of Northwoods Stewardship gave an excellent presentation on all the Northwoods Projects, followed Luke O’Brien, Recreation Specialist for Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation, he provided updates on projects for VFPR. A special thanks to Northwoods Stewardship Center for hosting us.

First Day Hike, Monday, January 1st
As is the tradition with the Vermont State Parks, we once again did a First Day Hike

Yes, the Bartlett Mountain Hike was amazing! Fifteen people explored the Willoughby State Forest in Westmore to start off the new year right!


Long Trail Day 2023 Pizza Party, Saturday, December 2nd

After reaching out to all section members with a requested vote for a date to hold a pizza party at Parker Pie, we received a small response, with the majority of members choosing December 2nd. We were celebrating our section being the #1 section for fundraising for Long Trail Day 2023. Team Kingdom Express raised $2325 and were rewarded with a gift certificate from our GMC headquarters. Though turnout was small, we all enjoyed seeing each other and delicious pizza!

Perry Holbrook Snowshoe Hike, Saturday, December 2nd

The morning started with rain and frantic messages as to whether the event was still on. We met at the Glover park & ride where 7 hearty souls braved the elements to snowshoe at Holbrook State Park. Our mood was joyful and we all donned raingear for a nice snowshoe hike, some to Mud Pond, while others headed to O’Leary Leap and Big Rock Hill Summit.


4th Connecticut Lake Trail Hike, Monday, November 6th
This hike is listed as easy to moderate, but steep in the first 0.5 miles; it’s 3 miles round trip. “Straddle the Connecticut River with your feet!” – 50 Hikes North of the Whites
We met at the Community National Bank in Island Pond and left promptly at 8:30AM. It was 1.5 hour commute to the trailhead. We had a great day in a beautiful place and did indeed straddle the Connecticut River!
Golden Road Saunter, Sunday, November 5th
Cathi Brooks led a hike on the Golden Trail in Victory Forest. This is a moderate 5-mile hike with undulating ups and downs, 660 feet elevation gain. Our goal was the shelter. We met at East Burke Community Library parking lot and carpooled from there, leaving promptly at 9:00. It was a great day for remembrance and to be with friends.
Essentials of Map & Compass, Saturday, October 28th

Knowing how to use a map and compass are crucial skills for any hiker. If you don’t know how to use a map and compass, then you are not only missing an essential skill when taking to the mountains, you could also be putting your life in danger.

This workshop helps participants understand the information provided on a topographical map, the proper use of a compass, and how to put the two together. Participants learned about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic declination, and pairing a compass to a map. Participants then learned how to use a map and compass to find a bearing with a map and follow it in the field, and to take bearings on visible landmarks and use them to determine where they are. After covering these fundamentals, participants had an opportunity to practice orienteering skills in the woods around the Green Mountain Club campus. This interactive workshop is a great introduction to navigation and map reading which are essential skills for anyone hiking trails or heading into the woods off-trail (bushwhacking). The workshop was led by Gordon DuBois and David Hathaway. Gordon is a member of the Northeast Kingdom Section of the Green Mountain Club. David is a member of the Burlington section.

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