HIKES & EVENTS
Dutch Hill Early Fall Foliage
DATE: Sep 24, 2023
END DATE: Sep 24, 2023
Hike/Event Location: Readsboro VT
Great Barrington, MA United States,
READSBORO, VT United States
Meeting Time: 11:00 AM
Max # People: 25
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
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3 mile moderate (a few steep rocky parts) hike at a former ski area now part of the Green Mountain National forest, bring a picnic lunch for the view at the top
Dutch Hill is a former ski area in southern Vermont just 15 minutes up the road from North Adams, MA. Dutch Hill ceased operations as a commercial ski area in the 1980s and is now managed under a partnership between the GMNF and the Dutch Hill Alliance of Skiers & Hikers as a public recreation area for hiking & backcountry skiing.
The three mile loop has a 550 foot elevation gain.
We will meet at the parking area where there is a kiosk with a trail map.
Hike begins by crossing a small area of wetland & then enters the woods to climb. Will we stop for a picnic lunch at the summit there is an open area with lovely views of the southern green mountains. Peak fall foliage color tends to be late September or early October in this area due to elevation.
On the descent we have more views and pass through a large meadow with a variety of native plants including mountain cranberry, gentian, blueberry, and of course several native asters. Event organizer (Arik) lives near Dutch Hill & is a botany fan.
There is an option for a shorter hike (3/4 mile) just up through the woods and back via the meadow for those who prefer a shorter hike.
Bring hiking boots, water, lunch, a backpack, something to sit on like a blanket, trekking poles if you use them, sunscreen, and bug spray.
NOTE: There is not reliable cell phone service in the area around Dutch Hill, it is necessary to load directions in your preferred mapping app before heading out. Best to assume no cell service & plan accordingly.
If you have trouble finding us, will be late, or can't make it, please call/text Mitch 413-717-7816 or Bart at 503-734-6508.
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
The address is 910 Route 100, Readsboro, VT 05350. Program this address into your phone's mapping app where there's internet as cell service is spotty to non existent in this area.
Park in the gravel area by the kiosk on the east side of the road. There is no charge for parking.