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It's Hiking Season in Vermont

June 20, 2016
Submitted by the Green Mountain Club.

Long days and warm temperatures set the stage for great summer hiking in Vermont. Along the Green Mountain Byway, travelers have access to some of the best hiking in the state; from summiting Vermont’s highest peaks to enjoying a quiet walk to a beautiful waterfall, the Waterbury-Stowe area has a lot to offer.

Green Mountain Club staff and volunteers have worked all spring to prepare and improve trails for safe and enjoyable hiking. There are things that hikers can do too to prepare for the best possible experience in the backcountry.
The Green Mountain Club, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Public Safety, U.S. Forest Service and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, support HikeSafe a program developed to teach and remind hikers how to stay safe in the backcountry.

You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

  • With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
  • To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
  • To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
  • To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
  • For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
  • To share the hiker code with others.

For guidebooks, maps and personal hiking advice form outdoor specialists, please visit the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center at 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road in Waterbury Center. The Green Mountain Club’s Visitor Center is a beautiful timber-frame building, displaying the best in renewable energy and energy efficiency and exhibits about the Long Trail and club history. The 50-acre campus provides public picnic areas and a very pleasant, family-friendly, half-mile “Short Trail” through fields and woods.

Summer Hours (mid-May to mid-October):
Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm
Winter Hours (mid-October to mid-May):
Open Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm