Sunday Hikes
Sunday July 3rd, 2016

Sign up for any of these hikes at the Friends of the Fairlee Forest booth at the Festival! If you are unable to attend the festival, we would be happy to add your name to a waiting list and will let you know by 6pm on Saturday if there is space available. Also, let us know if you would like to be on a mailing list for future hikes. Contact hinkherrick@gmail.com.

  • An Early Morning Birding Hike (7:30am)
    • This hike is being led by Sara Eisenhauer, the former Director of the Center for Wildbird Rehabilitation at VINS who has led numerous birding tours throughout the Upper Valley and is considered to be among the UV’s best birders!
    • The hike will begin at the Bald Top parking area (about 500’ from the end of Bald Top Road). From there the hike will go to the southern end of the wetland area and proceed along the beaver ponds (the ones that recently breached) to the vicinity of the blue heron rookery near the northern part of the wetlands. From there it will go to the top of Bald Top Mountain with amazing 270 degree views of the foothills of the White & Green Mountains. It will then descend to the southern end of the wetlands via a trail that includes beautiful stone walls. From there we will go back to the Bald Top parking area.
    • There is a steep vertical ascent near the top of Bald Top Mtn which is about 500’. There is also a steep vertical descent (approx. 150’) going down Bald Top Mtn. The rest of the hike is moderate level hiking
    • Estimated roundtrip time: 4.0 hours; estimated roundtrip distance: 4.5 miles
    • Limited to 12 people

  • To the Top of Bald Top Mountain via the Brushwood Community Forest & the Wetlands (10:00am)
    • This hike is being led by Doug Tifft and will begin at the Blood Brook parking area of the Brushwood Community Forest which is 2.8 miles from the intersection of Blood Brook Road and Route 244. From there the hike will proceed into the woods for a short distance and then connect with Brushwood Road and from there will go by the wetlands area which includes a blue heron rookery and the beaver dam that recently breached. The hike will then ascend to the top of Bald Top Mtn with amazing 270 degree views of the foothills of the White & Green Mountains (After passing through the wetlands, those who wish to return without ascending Bald Top may join hike leader Ann Stephens on a new connector trail back to the Brushwood Forest called Frank's Footpath). The hike will then descend, via the Cross Rivendell Trail, through a beautiful wooded area to the CRT trailhead and from there a one mile walk along Blood Brook Road to the beginning parking area. Bring a lunch to eat on the summit of Bald Top!
    • There is one steep vertical ascent (approx. 500’) near the summit. The rest is moderate level hiking.
    • Estimated roundtrip time: 4.5 hours; estimated roundtrip distance: 6 miles (via Frank’s Footpath - est. roundtrip time 2 hours; est. distance 3.25 miles)
    • Limited to 15 people

  • Eagle’s Bluff Hike/Quest (1:00pm)
    • This family-friendly hike/quest is being led by Arlene Guest and is a great way to encourage children to get into the woods as they will be part of a treasure hunt modeled after the Upper Valley Quest program. There are seven clues that will need to be solved on the way to Eagle’s Bluff.
    • It will begin at the Bald Top parking area about 500’ from the end of Bald Top Road and will proceed past a cascading brook and then will connect with the Cross Rivendell Trail for a short distance before it connects with the Echo Mountain trail. From there the hike will ascend to Eagle’s Bluff with breathtaking 180 degree views of Lake Morey and the surrounding mountains.
    • There is a steep vertical ascent (about 300’) just before the summit. The rest is a relatively easy hike.
    • Estimated roundtrip time: 2.0 hours; estimated roundtrip distance: 1.2 miles
    • Limited to 15 people