Summer hikes for all ages abound in Vermont

RUTLAND-Newcomers and nonmembers to the Green Mountain Club's Killington Section are welcome on summer outings. Bring drinking water and a lunch. Wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for weather changes.

Unless otherwise noted, all club trips leave from Rutland's Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station. Distances given are round trip and are approximate, as are elevation gains.

Hikes are held on Saturdays and Sundays and vary considerably in level of difficulty. Call the leader if you have any questions.

June 19, 9 a.m., Crown Point Road, Weathersfield. Barb and Barry Griffith, 492-3573. Hike along a section of the original military road and visit historic Grout cemetery. Moderate 3 or 4 miles with possible stream crossing. Rain date: June 20.

June 26, 10 a.m., Tinmouth Gulf Road, Tinmouth. Herb Ogden, 293-2510. Follow the Tinmouth Gulf Road south through woods and former farm land to the Purchase and Old Otis Road. Moderate, 6 miles, 1,200 ft. elevation gain.

July 4, 9 a.m., Mascoma Lake, Enfield, N.H. Terri Wilson, (334) 787-2426. Celebrate America's freedom with canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, followed by a potluck cookout. Bring salads and side dishes to share. Easy.

July 10, 9 a.m. Lake St. Catherine, Wells. Viv Bebee and Larry Walter, 775-3855. Explore the ridge above the lake with great views and interesting terrain. Easy.

July 11, 10 a.m. Bike Tour of the Castleton area. Ted and Martha Molnar, 468-5125. Meet at Castleton State College South Street parking lot (last lot on the left, past all buildings). Included are two rides, both on quiet back roads, with little or no traffic.

July 17, 9 a.m. Bromley Mountain, Peru. Sue Thomas, 773-2185 Sweeping views from the summit. Moderate, 6 miles. Rain date: July 18.

July 24, 9 a.m. Paddle the Poultney, Fair Haven. Barb and Barry Griffith, 492-3573. A relaxing paddle for kayaks or canoes along the scenic Vermont-New York state line. Meet at the Diamond Run Mall parking lot near Sears. Easy, 5 miles. Rain date: July 25.

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