Learn about natural systems that can help planetary cooling and how to create positive change. Read more here.
As nature beckons and Pinnacle lands – the Holden Trail in particular – become a more popular destination for schools and other large groups, we ask hikers to follow the guidelines below. By trying to control the number of people on the trail at the same time, we hope to enable all users to experience the beauty and serenity of our natural world.
Visit Trails & Maps to direct you to other choices of trails to investigate within Pinnacle’s 20-mile trails system.
The days of daily mysteries and awakenings are here! Every hour of daylight seems to bring new wonders and appreciation for this beautiful time of year. We need to make the most of each opportunity to be outside and seek new ways to interact with nature.
As your eyes spot emerging details on even the most familiar trail, please remember that conditions may be slippery. Always avoid staying out too long or relying on cell phones, which may not always work.
Our helpful maps and free programs make great introductions to someone new, an old friend, or a young relative or neighbor. Your personal touch can make all the difference in opening up a new world of wonder and delight to nature lovers from near and far.
As always, this website is the best place to check for news, upcoming events, or other information. And we encourage you to send your seasonal trail photos and hiking tidbits or trail challenges to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can know what’s happening on Pinnacle lands, who is enjoying them, or where we need to make improvements.
May you enjoy every lovely moment on our trails!
April 29, Sunday, 4-6 PM. Pinnacle Annual Meeting and Program: Cool the Planet: Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope. In an engaging PowerPoint presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session, Henry Swayze and Cat Buxton will discuss the natural systems that allow for planetary cooling and factors that contribute to understanding healthy soil and watershed function, as well as how the average person can effect positive change in the backyard and marketplace. At Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street in Saxtons River. WHPA members and members of the public are encouraged to come early, enjoy refreshments, peruse maps on display, and attend the brief business meeting before the program to learn about plans Pinnacle has for the coming year. Read more here.
May 6, Sunday, 9:30 AM-noon. Spring Wildflower Walk. Libby Mills and Sarah Waldo will lead this favorite stroll to discover delicate ephemeral flowers of the hardwood forest. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool to the mystery site. Wear waterproof shoes. Bring camera and water. For questions and requested registration, contact email@example.com or 802-387-6036. Read more here.
May 6, Sunday, 10 AM-1 PM. Herricks Cove Activity. Rain or shine. Vanessa Stern and Rick Cowan will host a table at the Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival with maps, program information, and a nature-based craft project for children. Off Missing Link Road (Route 5) in Rockingham, VT.
May 12, Saturday, 9-10 AM. Birding along the Connecticut River
Experienced birders Peter Bergstrom and Paul Wilson will lead a brief bird walk before the longer Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative Hike that starts at 10 AM. Bring binoculars and meet at 9 AM sharp at the bottom of the hill on Mill Street, whose entrance is next to the Flat Iron Exchange, 51 Square, Bellows Falls. Park in the lot off Mill Street, in the Hetty Green lot behind TD Bank, or in the Bridge Street lot across from the WOOL Building at 33 Bridge Street. See map (below) for parking suggestions. For questions, contact Peter Bergstrom at 802-869-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The walk will be canceled if it is raining. Read more here.
May 12, Saturday, 10 AM-1 PM. Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative Hike.
Rain or shine. Learn more about the efforts of volunteers on the Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative to create a trail system that can span the distance between Bellow Falls and Saxtons River. This informative walk will follow existing and potential trails to connect the Riverfront Park in Bellows Falls to the Bald Hill Reserve in Westminster. Meet at the Flat Iron Exchange, a café at 51 Square in Bellows Falls. Park in the lot off Mill Street, in the Hetty Green lot behind TD Bank, or in the Bridge Street lot across from the WOOL Building at 33 Bridge Street. See map (above) for parking suggestions. Walkers will have the option to walk back to Bellows Falls along Forest Road in North Westminster to VT Route 121 (Saxtons River Road). For more information and requested registration, contact Vanessa Stern at 802-463-4948 or email@example.com. Read more here.
May 19, Saturday, 9:30 AM-noon. Hike to Champion White Ash. Tim Morton, Vermont State Forester, will lead this walk to the largest White Ash in Vermont and discuss factors that contribute to its success while identifying other trees on the way. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool. For questions and registration, contact Elaine Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-869-6103. Rain date: Sunday May 20. Read more here.
June 10, Sunday, 3-5 PM. Before It’s Too Late – Conserving New England’s Forests and Farmlands. A presentation on the recently released 2017 Wildlands and Woodlands publication with speakers from the Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. The report details the need to triple the pace for collaboration among conservationists and willing landowners to permanently protect both forest and farmlands throughout New England. Co-sponsored by the Putney Mountain Association, Vermont Land Trust, Windham Regional Commission, and Pinnacle Association. At Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill in Putney.
June 23, Saturday, 9:30 AM-noon. Over the Hill Hike! Enjoy a 4-mile hike on the Jamie Latham Trail, past an old beaver pond and stone walls, through beautiful hardwood stands, with a stop to enjoy the view from the renovated Pinnacle Cabin. Bring water, lunch, snack, insect repellent, sunscreen. Meet at Westminster West Church to split cars and carpools between the start at Latham and finish at Holden. Register with Tony Coven at 802-387-6650.
July 14, Saturday, 3-5 PM. Healing Walk. Rain or shine. WHPA Trustee John Foster of Vermont Healing will lead a meditative walk on Dunn Nature Trails. The reflective walk will include poems or other readings and offer opportunities for both contemplation and sharing. A guiding premise of this walk is that it’s essential to be still, to quiet the everyday mind, to interrupt daily routines, and thus to be open to other dimensions for healing to begin. Meet at the Dunn Nature Sanctuary on Bemis Hill Road. Register at John@vermonthealing.com or 802-451-6277.
SAVE THE DATE: Annual West Hill Grinder. Sunday September 23. Organized by the West Hill Shop in Putney, the event is a thank-you benefit to WHPA for its 25-mile trail system. Choice of biking routes and challenges – on both woodland trails and country roads – for intermediate and advanced bicyclists. Visit www.bikereg.com. Search for West Hill Grinder for information on routes, bike recommendations, equipment requirements, prices, food, and registration. For questions, email email@example.com or call 802-387-5718. Help spread the word about these special adventures!
As time goes by, recent events are added here.
February 10, Saturday, 1-3 PM. Snowshoe Hike at Bald Hill. Led by Vanessa Stern, member of Bald Hill Conservation Committee and Pinnacle Association Board. Wear layered clothing, bring water, meet at Cemetery Road kiosk near Bellows Falls Union High School off Route 5. Registration required by contacting Vanessa at 802-463-4948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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