Outdoor Adventure Club Starts July 1st

Lye Brook Falls in Manchester
Lye Brook Falls in Manchester

For six weeks this summer, some of our staff and students will be traveling to various hiking trails and waterfalls throughout southern Vermont. While most of the students in our summer program will be participating, we’re also inviting all of the Social Entrepreneurial students, prospective students, and LiHigh parents to join us every Wednesday for a day of adventure and fun.

If you’re interested in participating, please email the club’s advisor, Stuart Gerrol, at stuart.gerrol@lihighschool.org.

The schedule for our hikes is as follows:

  •  July 1st: Zen Gardens in Hubbardton: “The Japanese Garden itself is worth the trip. There’s cascading waterfalls, with lush growth everywhere, a steep, rocky ledge as a background and, in front of it all, panoramic views of large, green mountains. And beyond the garden, there is a series of trails that wind around a steep cliff. At the top, where Mount Zion awaits, the view is panoramic and breath-taking. And that’s just for starters. After you take in the Japanese Garden, you can set off on a series of trails that wind through thick canopy and steep ridges, with massive boulders looming overhead.”
  • July 8th: Lye Brook Falls in Manchester: “This two mile hike up into the Lye Brook Wilderness Area ends at a five star terraced waterfall. The hike is strenuous but well worth the end result. Be sure to bring some water shoes because it is fun to get wet and explore/climb the falls.”
  • July 15th: Falls of Lana in Brandon: “On this trip, we will wander near the picturesque Falls of Lana (named for an army general, not a beautiful woman named Lana). You’ll climb steadily through pleasant woodlands and view Lake Dunmore, the surrounding hills, and far-off New York peaks from cliffs on Rattlesnake Point. Does a 5-mile hike seem too long? We can cut the total distance by more than 3 miles by hiking to both sides of the waterfall and then returning to the vehicles.”
  • July 22nd: Deer’s Leap in Killington: “From the trailhead immediately alongside Route 4 at the top of Shrewsbury Pass, the trail ascends quickly alongside the road, then curves up to a wooded summit, and requires a brief ten-minute mild descent down to the rock cliff vista that is Deer’s Leap. Exceptional views can be had generally to the south, very well worth the hour long hike to the top.”
  • July 29th: Little Rock Pond in Mount Tabor: “This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail, marked with white blazes, is a narrow, gradually inclining path through a mixed hardwood forest. The trail crisscrosses and follows Little Black Brook. One such crossing is made over a narrow steel “I” beam. The pond is surrounded by hills and large boulders, and is a very popular area for swimming, fishing, and camping.”
  • August 5th: Mt Ascutney in Windsor: “Mount Ascutney, is a monadnock located in southern Vermont. With a summit elevation of about 3130 feet. Particularly noteworthy about Ascutney are its granite outcrops, one of which, near its peak, serves as a launching point for hang-gliders. The mountain is very steep, and its trails traverse a Vermont state forest.”