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    Glen Rotchin reviewed Niquette Bay State Park

    about 1 month ago

    We hiked the loop indicated on this map which circled the entire park and was about 2.5 hours, But there are a variety of shortcuts. The trail crosses a brook, descends to a beautiful cove on the shore of Lake Champlain that ideal for a swim (too cold in mid September) and ascends (about 550 ft.) to two lookout points, one that views the lake Champlain Islands and northern Adirondack Mountains in New York state to the east, and another facing west to view Mt. Mansfield. There is plenty of interesting terrain, rock formation and forest vegetation to keep the trail interesting. You're not likely to see too much wildlife, except maybe for groups of elementary school children, as we did and locals walking their dogs (my sense is that the park is quite popular.) There was a poetry walk on one of the trails, with poems set along the path. Also there is a $4 entrance fee per person so bring cash.

    Glen Rotchin completed Niquette Bay State Park

    about 1 month ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

    2 months ago

    The picture refers to the Jeep Trail which follows the Mississquoi delta north along the riverside. The trail itself is straight and not so interesting, through forest and tall grass. But there is always a chance to see wildlife feeding along the shoreline. We saw white-tailed deer, wading blue heron, and osprey (the reserve has a special rehabilitation program for them.) Check in at the well maintained welcome center on Tabor rd. to get a map of the five trails offered in the park. They are very helpful.

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Maquam Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    A lovely afternoon nature walk that winds through creek and marshlands. It holds your attention because you are always turning corners and never know what wildlife you might come across. We saw dozens of turtles (painted) sunning themselves on fallen trees and some wading birds. Of the five trails offered at the reserve, this one was a favorite for its intimacy. Check in at the well maintained welcome center on Tabor rd. to get a trail map. They are very friendly and helpful to visitors.

    Glen Rotchin completed Maquam Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Pinnacle at Windmill Hill Loop

    3 months ago

    A very enjoyable afternoon hike (about 90 minutes) with plenty to recommend it. We did a loop entering the trail head at Holden's Kiosk to the Pinnacle via Headwaters trail. The trails are very clearly marked and we'll maintained. There are posts along the trail that provide information about the vegetation, topography and interesting history of the area. Of special interest are the numerous stone fences the hiker crosses which were made by homesteaders hundreds of years ago for sheep farming, which is hard to believe given that they appear in the middle of the forest. the view at the pinnacle is quite spectacular.

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Sentier du Round-Top-Sutton Trail

    4 months ago

    Combine with part of the Spruce Lake trail on the way down for a very rewarding hike with lots of variety including streams, lakes and maybe the best view of the Quebec eastern townships on this side of the border. The trails are well marked and busy. Don't forget to bring cash for the trail fee.

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Laraway Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Moderate for the youngins maybe but if you are mid 50s and in decent shape it is a challenge, especially closer to the summit. Especially if it's raining on the way down as it was today, the rocks and tree roots can be very slippery on the uppermost section. As some have already noted the trail markings are inadequate, particularly on the way down, and can easily be missed late in the day. We lost the trail twice and had to hike back up to re- find it. It's a good 90 minutes ascending (114 floors height equivalent on our tracker) and 10 kms round-trip. You cross not less than 5 streams in the lower section and there are spectacular rock formations in the upper section. We couldn't appreciate the view because it was obscured by rain clouds and fog. We only crossed paths with one other group on the way up and on the way down a hiker two weeks into his Long Trail sojourn. Finding the entrance was tricky. Take Beals Hill rd. off Rte 109 (bear right at the old white school house) until it becomes Codding Hill rd. about 6 kms. keep going to the end even when you think you are on private property. some guides say to take Codding Hill rd. from Rte 109 but the day we went the covered bridge was closed and we had to ask at the post office nearby for an alternate route.

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Laraway Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Glen Rotchin completed Laraway Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Lac Spruce Trail

    4 months ago

    Combine with round-top for a challenging and very rewarding hike with lots of variety including streams, lakes and maybe the best view of the Quebec eastern townships on this side of the border. The trails are well marked and busy. Don't forget to bring cash for the trail fee.

    Glen Rotchin completed Lac Spruce Trail

    4 months ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Long, but very manageable. And the views are a constant wonder.

    Glen Rotchin completed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed East Rim Trail to Observation Point

    4 months ago

    Better be in shape for the climb. But the views are definitely worth the effort!

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Conner Bay Trail

    4 months ago

    Combine this trail with Long Pointe trail to have a full experience.

    Glen Rotchin completed Conner Bay Trail

    4 months ago

    Glen Rotchin reviewed Conner Bay and Ram's Head Loop

    4 months ago

    A pleasant walk in the woods, with beautiful views of grand Lake Champlain. not challenging. It was a hot day, but there was a nice constant breeze coming off the lake.