I received an email today extolling the virtues of hiking the Beaver Flow Trail in the snow. Winter trails are pretty amazing—nearly all are cleared of the snow-fallen branches so enjoy and let us know of any problem areas. Most trails have room for parking and if you get to one that does not, just locate a nearby trail on your map and try hiking there.
Please note that the Ancient Oak Trail on Route 22 between Essex and Willsboro is temporarily closed because of a short-term tree harvesting operation.
Here are some cool upcoming programs:
Saturday, January 24 at Pok-O-Moonshine – Mammal tracking led by Elizabeth Lee. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Observers’ Trailhead (1 mi. south of the Campground on Rte. 9) for a 3-4 hour excursion on snowshoes to follow and identify mammal tracks in the snow. The Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine are heading up this hike. Call David Thomas Train 518-576-4592 or email him at badtts[at]kvvi.net to sign up.
Friday, January 30 – Moonlight hike on the new Wildway Passage Trail. Meet at 7:00 for the 45-minute snowshoe and follow it with a gathering at the Westport Hotel and Tavern. The hike is free, but please email us at info[at]champlainareatrails.com or call 962-2287 if you plan to attend so we know how many hikers to expect.
Saturday, Saturday, Jan. 31 (5:30 p.m. pre-concert presentation and 7:00 p.m. music) and Sunday, Feb. 1 (3:00 p.m.) – Piano by Nature is honoring the late Woodswoman author and conservationist Anne LaBastille with a special multimedia concert by “Ricochet Duo” – Jane Boxall, marimba and Rose Chancler, piano at The Hand House in Elizabethtown featuring photos from Carl Heilman II, Mark Bowie, Shaun Heffernan, and the Anne LaBastille estate. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for 15-and-under. Call 962-2949 for reservations. Visit their website for more information.
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- CATS Hamlet-to-Hamlet Hike Success and Future Plans (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Volunteers from Across Country Help CATS Trail (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- CATS’ Grand Hike A Great Success (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- First Public Hike on Wildway Passage Trail (essexny.us)
- CATS Moonlight Hike (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)