Outing Information

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!

Where do we hike?

Our hikes may be in Addison Country or adjacent Vermont counties or in nearby NY State, wherever the leaders choose. Suggest a hike! Talk to any of our hike leaders. 

Looking for MAPS of trails in our area?  

Find them Maps & Resources page.

Bread Loaf section normally schedules outings four times a year, by season.

Pictures are worth a 1000 words. To enjoy some images of where we have led hikes recently or in past years,
go to our Current Photos and Photos Archives.   

Winter hike to Silent Cliff, Hancock.

Spring hike to Cooley Glen Shelter, Lincoln.

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

Fall hike at Taconic Mountains Ramble, Hubbardton

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. 

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 (listed on on this page).

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:

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.

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.

Happy Trails! 

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


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