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Summer hikes for all ages abound in Vermont

Aug. 1, 9 a.m. Clarendon Lookout, Shrewsbury. Tom Copps, 774-5144. Follow the Long and Appalachian trails up a dramatic, boulder-strewn gulf to the lookout and on to Clarendon Shelter with an option to visit an old cemetery in the woods.

Aug. 7. All day Long Trail Festival, Rutland. Meet at the Rutland State Fair Grounds any time on Saturday for free fun, education, and entertainment for the whole family at the fourth annual Rutland Long Trail Festival.

Aug. 8, 8 a.m. Little Rock Pond, Wallingford. Meet in the parking area inside the Dana Avenue entrance on the Rutland State Fair grounds. Join Festival attendees in a work party to help build new tent platforms at Little Rock Pond on the Long Trail.

Aug. 14, 9 a.m. Snake Mountain, Addison. Tom Copps, 774-5144 Gorgeous views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack High Peaks. Moderate climb, 4 miles.

Aug. 21, 8 a.m. Grafton Pond Paddle, Grafton, N.H. Viv Bebee & Larry Walter, 775-3855 Flat water paddle for canoes or kayaks. Swimming, too! Easy. Rain date: 8?22.

Aug. 28, 8 a.m. Appalachian Trail, Pomfret. Sue Thomas, 773-2185 Follow the A.T. to the lookout for a view of Lakota Lake, and then on to Route 12. Moderate, 7 miles.

Hikes for seniors

The Rutland Recreation and Parks Department sponsors a series of "Turtle" hikes for seniors and others who wish to enjoy their outings at a somewhat slower and easier pace.

The senior hikes typically cover two to four miles, involve limited elevation gain, and try to avoid treacherous footing. Bring water and a lunch, wear sturdy footwear, and be prepared for Vermont weather. Meet on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Godnick Adult Center on Deer Street off Woodstock Avenue. Hikers return early to mid-afternoon.

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