A Blue Moon Hike, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) first outing of 2018, is on Saturday, January 27, at 5:30 pm on the McAuliffe Road Trail in Willsboro. Hikers are invited to come with skis or snowshoes— or hiking boots, if there’s not enough snow which seems likely to be the case—for an easy, family-friendly 3-mile round-trip tour through a beautiful old forest above and along the Boquet River.
By starting the hike at twilight, skiers and snowshoers will have a chance to prepare their gear before the moonlit dark sets in. Hikers should meet at the northern trailhead, at the junction of Sunset and McAuliffe Road just west of the Boquet River. A map is available for download on the CATS website homepage along with additional details, or call the CATS office at (518) 962-2287.
“The ‘blue moon’ is the second full moon in a calendar month,” said Chris Maron, CATS Executive Director. “It’s a great reason to experience hiking under moonlight. The hike is free, on an easy trail, and open to all. After the hike, we’ll gather at Turtle Island Café in Willsboro for food and drinks. That helps advance our goal of connecting people with nature and promoting economic vitality.”
In the event of bad weather, the Blue Moon Hike will be held at the same time on January 28. Any decision to change the date will be posted on the CATS website by 4:30 pm.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Champlain Valley, with the goal of linking communities, connecting people with nature and promoting economic vitality. CATS is also an accredited land trust working to conserve natural communities, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas. Information on future CATS events and activities is available on the website at www.champlainareatrails.com and by following CATS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please call (518) 962-2287 for more information.