Posts Tagged ‘best walking trails’

Hiking in the Hinesburg Town Forest

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Last week Sharon & her fellow hikers had a fun adventure, covering 6 miles, in the Hinesburg Town Forest.  Let’s see what she has to say about one of the best trail systems in Vermont.

We started out on a wide trail, climbing steadily for about 3/4 of a mile.  Then we veered onto a narrow woods path that led us to the top of an unnamed hill of about 1,500 feet elevation.  We could see hints of views of the local hills in between the trees and surmised that this would be a great snowshoe hike when the absence of leaves would better reveal the vistas.  The footpath continued along the ridge for quite a while before gently winding its way downhill.

 

Ferns on the Ridge of Passing the Horizon

Ferns on the Ridge of Passing the Horizon

There were a ton of switchbacks on the trail and it was amusing to see the paths almost touching one another in places as the route curved back on itself again and again.  The woods were pretty open with an understory of ferns.  Most of the way, we had the trails all to ourselves and deep into the hike a bicyclist came upon us (most of the trails were made by a bike club).

Jewelweed Spotted Touch Me Not Flower

Jewelweed Spotted Touch Me Not Flower

The final leg was done mostly in the dark and we opted to rely on our night vision rather than use a flashlight.  A barred owl serenaded us while we rambled along.  Eventually another biclyclist came up behind us, this one with a headlight on his mountain bike.  He made sure we were okay and assured us we were almost back to the parking lot.  And, about a dozen switchbacks later, at 8:45pm, we reached our vehicles.  Hooray to my hardy trailmates for easily tackling the “mountain” as well as taking the nighttime hiking in stride.

East Woods & Beyond

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
East Woods - Cornfield

East Woods - Cornfield

Hiking Down the Trails

Hiking Down the Trails

Sharon gives us yet another trail adventure this week. It’s hard to imagine these vivid pictures are in an area backed by busy street traffic. Vermont is certainly living up to its “Green Mountain” name this month. So much green – so gorgeous! Here’s what Sharon writes for us….

We had a refreshing ramble through woods on both sides of Swift Street, starting from the East Woods parking area.  Although these areas are bounded by busy roads, the woods had a peaceful, remote feeling to them and we had the trails to ourselves.  We first did trails off of the bike paths and as we were heading over to East Woods, a deer bounded across the field we had just edged and then dashed across the road into the woods on the other side.  Our view was close-up but fleeting as the beautiful deer quickly clattered across the pavement. 

Chicory

Chicory

We heard a barking dog in the distance who followed a couple minutes later, nearly getting run over in the process.  After all that excitement, we dipped back into cool woods and enjoyed walking along Potash Brook which is a lot prettier than what my photos were able to show. Another great evening on the trails with good company!

Pretty Potash Brook

Pretty Potash Brook