Hike the Perimeter Trails of Merck Forest

July 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Merck Forest and Farmlands
3270 VT-315
Dorset, VT 05251
Registration Requires
Greg Hopper

Sunday, meet with the Green Mountain Club Manchester section at the Merck Forest parking lot in Rupert. This “circumnavigation of the Merck” is approximately 14 miles in length and will take 7 to 8 hours to complete. It contains one long downhill of about 900 feet and one long uphill of about 1200 feet, as well as a number of lesser ups and downs.

At last passage, it has a stretch of blow-down necessitating a series of “over, under or around” choices. It is long and it is hilly, but the effort is amply rewarded, as it passes through different forests on a number of less traveled Merck Forest trails, which take in at least two grand vistas, including Mt. Antone, a long streamside downhill glide on Old Town Road, a spectacular four trunked oak tree, and an early morning passage across the top of the farm where we can check on the American Chestnuts the Merck is nursing.

Bring ample water, lunch, and clothing for inclement weather. Registration is required. Contact Greg Hopper at 917-287-0246 or gbhopper@gmail.com to register.

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