Outing Information

GMC Bread Loaf outing leaders are volunteers who are familiar with the terrain and difficulty level of their outings. The list of their responsibilities is published below. Leaders are available to answer questions prior to announced events. Some events have an educational theme (such as history, wildflowers, geology, etc.) at which time a knowledgeable guest guide will join the outing leader.

Popular Areas to Explore

Find links to many maps & resources: Maps & Resources.

Locations: There are many areas besides Addison County where Bread Loaf outings may be held, including:

  • Breadloaf Wilderness and Green Mountain National Forest
  • Long Trail and its many side trails
  • Moosalamoo Recreation Area 
  • Vermont State Parks, Adirondack trails and trails near Lake Champlain
  • nearby Rutland and Chittenden Counties 
Skill level: Easy (less than 500 feet of elevation change), Moderate (500-1,500 feet of elevation gain), or Difficult (over 1,500 feet of elevation change)
Safety: Layers of weather appropriate clothing for warmth. Extra food and water. Helmets are required for cycling; PFDs for water sports (Personal Flotation Devices) 
Access:  Consider whether the area you are starting from has parking limitations. Carpooling is encouraged!  
Season of the year:  Mud season, bird nesting seasons, hunting seasons. 
Special equipment: May be needed for possible certain weather conditions, such as crampons, poles, rain gear.
Dogs: If a group leader allows dogs, outings will be designated as "dog friendly." All dogs on group outings will be kept on a leash at all times.

For Leaders...

To help you plan your activity:

  1. Go to Maps & Resources to print or download to your mobile device. (this page is under development).
  2. Look up outing descriptions: pre-written descriptions (or download pdf), then modify to reflect your activity or submit a new one.
  3. Check out this list for outing ideas: List of Favorite Bread Loaf Activities by Type (revised June 2016) download PDF 
  4. Send an email Ruth Penfield (interim Outings Chair) at ruthpenfield@gmail.com let her know your choice along with the date and details. You may choose to use our Outing Planning Worksheet (download PDF; revised January 2018) to provide prospective participants with an informative description of your outing.Considerations when planning an outing: 
Cliff trails are closed during peregrine falcon nesting season March 15-August 1st.
Raven Ridge Trail in Monkton is closed March 1- June 15th.

Finally - - Think about co-sponsors: Consider leading a joint outing/event with another group with a focus on geology, history, wildlife, etc.