Outing Information

At this time there are no COVID-19 restrictions related to Section Outings. GMC will continue to monitor COVID-19 caseloads and risk and may re-issue guidance if public health conditions change.

Whether you are a hike leader or an individual looking to enjoy a trail with a friend, always be prepared for your outing and changing conditions! Read up on GMC's Press Releases, Trail Updates and HikeVT Trail Recommendations, plan your activity and be prepared!

Looking for MAPS of trails in our area? You may find the one you need on our Maps & Resources page.

For Section Outing Leaders: Info & documents.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER LEADER? If you are not currently volunteering as a Bread Loaf outing leader, we welcome GMC members to talk to a hike leader and co-lead a few hikes to discuss GMC and section outing guidelines (above).

For Hikers: Ready to join a GMC group outing?

What are GMC Bread Loaf Section Outings?

Bread Loaf section outing leaders are volunteers who are familiar with the terrain and difficulty level of their outings. 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 may join the outing leader.

Some things to consider before setting out on a hike:

Location: 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 Strenuous (over 1,500 feet of elevation change). Consider distance, pace and weather conditions.

Safety: Review on our Safety Reminders page.

  • Layers of weather appropriate clothing for warmth. Extra food and water. Helmets are required for cycling; PFDs for water sports (Personal Flotation Devices).

  • Be aware of HUNTING SEASON DATES!

Access: Consider whether the area you are starting from has parking limitations. Also in the winter and early spring, check to make sure access gates are open and the parking area is plowed. Carpooling is encouraged!

Seasons 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.


Many cliff trails are closed during peregrine falcon nesting season March 15-August 1st.

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Raven Ridge cliff trail in Monkton is closed March 1- June 15th.

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Bread Loaf section normally scheduled outings four times a year... by season!

Fall hike at Taconic Mountains Ramble, Hubbardton

Winter hike to Silent Cliff, Hancock.

Spring hike to Cooley Glen Shelter, Lincoln.

Summer hike to summit of Hurricane Mountain, Keene, NY.