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Join Winooski Valley Park District's (WVPD) environmental educator, Juli Tyson, for the next bird monitoring walk. This time we will walk around WVPD's home base, the Ethan Allen Homestead. Recently there have been Common Redpolls, which are an arctic visitor! We will hike 2-3 miles depending on how long it takes us, there are 3 loops we can check out. Meet us in the parking lot by the information board where you can borrow binoculars, field guides, and snow shoes (if they seem necessary). We may have snow, we may have ice, we may have grass, but we won't know till it gets closer. Be ready for whatever the Vermont weather decides to bring.
From the Underhill State Park we’ll head up the CCC Road and Maple Ridge to the Forehead, Sunset Ridge , then follow the Long Trail alone the Mansfield Ridge to the Chin, and descend Sunset Ridge or Laura Cowles trail. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate pace. 8.6 miles. 2500' elevation gain. Note that this is a difficult hike. The trail is steep in places, and you will need snowshoes with good traction, and some experience using them. You may want microspikes too, in case the trail is packed out. Unless you know that you you won't need them, I highly recommend poles. As with any winter hike, dress warmly in non-cotton layers, bring food, water protected from freezing, and a headlamp (just in case). I want everyone coming to be sure they are ready for this, so read the above and if you have any questions, ask. If you feel ready for the hike, send me a message and I'll send you the meeting place. I am not simply posting it because I want each participant to make sure they are ready for the hike.
From the Long Trail parking on Codding Hollow Road we’ll follow the Long Trail up to see the ice formations on the rock wall below the Laraway summit, continue to the Laraway Lookout, and return. Microspikes absolutely required, as the ice below the cliffs can be extensive, and snowshoes required since the trail may not be well packed. Moderate snowshoe. Moderate pace. 4.5 miles. 1600′ elevation gain. Contact event organizer for meeting location.