Monday, September 12, 2011

With popular trails off limits, hikers urged to try new routes

From the Burlington Free Press.

As Vermont's fall hiking season opens, most of the 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest and its 900 miles of trails are still closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Also essentially off-limits: Camels Hump, one of the most popular hikes in Vermont, because the access roads leading to the 4,083-foot-high state park peak were compromised by the storm.

It's not a happy state of affairs for people who like to do their leaf-peeping from high altitudes. But state tourism officials and outdoor club leaders say there are plenty of open trails outside affected areas, and they are urging Vermonters and out-of-state visitors to sample them.

"There's still a lot of beautiful places to hike in Vermont," said Will Wiquist, executive director of the Green Mountain Club.

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