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Lye Brook Wilderness, Green Mountain National Forest, VT (Sep 29th - Oct 5th 2019)

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The Green Mountain National Forest covers almost 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont and is Vermont's one and only national forest. It encompasses eight wilderness areas including the Lye Brook Wilderness in southern Vermont. Lye Brook is named after the Lye Brook, which flows through the western half of the Wilderness. The majority of the Lye Brook Wilderness is on a forested plateau dotted with ponds, bogs, waterfalls, streams and pools. Moose, black bear, deer, beaver, porcupine, bobcat, wild turkey, toads, frogs, and salamanders all call this area home. The northern hardwoods (birch, beech, and maple) along with spruce cover most of the wilderness and make for a breathtaking display of autumn colors each fall.

Our service project will be assisting the Forest Service with trail maintenance on the Lye Brook Trail, specifically brushing and logging out downed trees. We'll backpack 2.5 miles into the wilderness with a mild elevation gain and establish a backcountry base camp at Bourn Pond from which we can access project sites through short day hikes. On our off day we can tour the surrounding area, hike Stratton Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, hike to Lye Brook Falls, or hike to the Branch, Stratton, or Grout ponds. This project requires a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a desire to get dirty.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.


Check out more photos from a previous Green Mountain NF service project in our gallery.

Dates

Sep 29th - Oct 5th 2019

Service Project

Trail maintenance & reconstruction

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Free Days

Hike the surrounding trails, visit White Rocks NRA, fall color photography

Accommodations

Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 2.5 mile backpack, bending, digging, lifting, hauling

Leaders

Sue Blish
Rick Russman

Equipment List

Northeast