The Champlain Valley is even more beautiful with the recent snowfall making our Trail of the Week suggestion the McAuliffe Road Trail in Essex. The trailhead is on Jersey Street just west of the Boquet River. From the parking area, ski or snowshoe uphill next to the road about 200 feet to the beginning of the trail. This easy three-mile round trip trail is on an old abandoned town road with lovely scenery as you go through woods and above the Boquet River. As an abandoned road, it’s wider than most trails and it isn’t plowed in the winter, making it perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Events coming up this month include animal tracking on the Poke-O-Moonshine Trail with backwoods guides and naturalists David Thomas-Train and Elizabeth Lee on January 23. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Observers Trail Parking Lot (lower trailhead on Rte 9). Bring food, a warm drink or water. Plan to be outside until 1:00 p.m. There is no charge for this wonderful hike.
And on January 30, artist and naturalist Sheri Amsel will lead a Snowshoe Hike with Tree Identification and Animal Tracking on the Beaver Flow Trail. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Black Kettle Farm, intersection of Cook and Leaning Roads in Essex before heading out to look for animal tracks and signs, beaver flows, and identify winter trees. Children are welcome if comfortable on snowshoes. Registration is $5. Click here for more information or to register for this event.
We are currently planning our Spring and Summer programs. Is there an event you’d like to see presented? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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