Summer Guide: Where to hike in Addison County

Mud season is over and you will find that summer is perfect for enjoying Vermont’s landscape with a good hike — whether that is a 10-mile trek up in the mountains or a more modest ramble on some of the other low-key hikes in Addison County.

Clippings: What happens in the woods…

What happens in the woods stays in the woods. And that can be a problem. MATTHEW DICKERSON When I was young (many decades ago), if somebody asked a question that had a seemingly obvious answer, a common wisecrack reply was to ask the rhetorical question, … (read more)

Hikers need to stay off muddy trails

The Green Mountain Club reminds hikers that mud season is here, so all trail users should stay off the wet and muddy high-elevation trails until they dry out, around the end of May.

Take a hike and meet other moms

Physical therapist Davida Murray is offering another way to support and connect local moms: a hiking group. The informal, free series is aimed at giving local mothers an opportunity to be active outdoors, and to connect with one another.

To avoid rescues, plan winter hikes

A crop of recent books about search and rescue in the mountains will keep you on the edge of your chair (or mountain crag), and give valuable insight on how to stay safe (see suggested reading below). Rescues are time consuming, expensive and dangerous, e … (read more)

Vergennes bike, hiking trails are ready to use

VERGENNES — Trails are ready for use by mountain bikers and hikers on the wooded, city- owned, 12-acre MacIntosh Park that runs along Comfort Hill’s east side in northern Vergennes. “Most of the trails have been roughed in, and the outer loop is pretty we … (read more)

Take a hike! Trail etiquette for the COVID-19 era

The end of May sees the start of the hiking season in Vermont. From its rocky summits to its gentle valleys, Vermont is home to hundreds of miles of hiking opportunities. This year, with COVID-19 as a dominant concern, Department of Forests, Parks and Rec … (read more)

Trails closed around Vermont, in part due to coronavirus

This story originally appeared on the Vermont Sports website. On Friday, April 3, the State released a statement and formally reinforced the closure of a number of trail networks across the state. In Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference today, Secretary of … (read more)

White blazes and deep snow: tales of winter hiking

MIDDLEBURY — In celebration of the 28th anniversary of the Green Mountain Club’s Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series, the Bread Loaf Section will host speaker Mary Lou Recor on Thursday evening, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universali … (read more)

Backpacker to give advice for hiking adventures

MIDDLEBURY — What if you were walking along a trail and thought for a just a moment you could hear voices from the past? Voices of people shouting, bantering and cursing as they struggled under their heavy loads. They were people who were following their … (read more)

Take a hike! Bring a friend

ADDISON COUNTY —  The fall, for my family, has always been synonymous with hiking. With its blazing foliage, rustic trails and scenic mountain vistas, Addison County is a hub for autumn outdoor activities. We like to take full advantage. My wife Dottie an … (read more)