NOTE: This Pride Hike will need to move online to a Virtual Pride Hike - stay tuned!
LGBTQA+ hikers are gathering in southern Vermont to explore the Nature Conservancy’s Black Mountain Natural Area.
“Black Mountain rises abruptly from the West River in Dummerston to a horseshoe ridge with a summit of 1,280 feet. The mountain originated as a mass of molten rock deep beneath the surface of the earth between 345 and 395 million years ago. Erosion has exposed the granite that forms the core of the mountain. From the preserve's trailhead, the path up Black Mountain climbs for more than a quarter mile in a very clearly defined stair-like pattern over a set of ancient floodplain terraces. Some of the terraces represent the shore of ancient Lake Hitchcock, the great glacial lake that ran much of the length of the Connecticut and West Rivers at the end of the ice age. From the top of the mountain, there are views as far as New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock and into the river valleys.”
This is a very mellow hike, appropriate for people of a wide range of abilities. There are two trailhead on Black Mountain – we will be hiking the one with easier access to the summit. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring snacks and plenty of water!
All ages, allies, and families welcome! Youth under 18 years should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
We’ll have a great team co-hosting this hike:
Johnny Chagnon of GLAM Vermont at the Pride Center of Vermont
Gwendolyn Causer of Audubon Vermont
Tom Rogers of the Nature Conservancy
Eva Westheimer of Out in the Open
Trail/accessibility information: Our walk will be at an easy pace and will cover less than 2 miles. The trails is wide, ascends gradually, and is well groomed. While we all love our furry friends, dogs are not allowed on The Nature Conservancy’s preserves to protect wildlife, so please do not bring dogs along. If you require accommodations or have questions about accessibility, please contact Audubon Vermont at email@example.com.
Detailed trail maps are available here: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/black-mountain-natural-area/
Pride Hikes are a collaboration between Audubon Vermont, the Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont. Pride Hikes have been happening every month since June of 2018 and go beyond being "welcoming to everyone" to creating a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ community members.
Out in the Open (formerly Green Mountain Crossroads) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge and power. Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, we work locally and regionally throughout northern New England. We envision a resilient community of communities that works toward the transformation of our economic, social, and political relationships. We are building a multi-issue social justice movement of rural LGBTQ people.
CARPOOLS: Due to extremely limited parking at the trailhead, as well as to limit confusion about multiple trailhead locations, we will carpool to the trailhead.
Southern Vermont folks: We will meet up at 12:30 pm at the Brattleboro North Shopping (Hannaford) Plaza Shopping Center, 896 Putney Rd #5, Brattleboro, VT 05301. We will gather at the south end of the parking lot, closer to Citizens Bank.
Burlington folks: We will meet up at 10:30 am in the parking lot at Shaw's/Starbucks at 570 Shelburne Road in South Burlington to arrange carpools. Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to carpool from Burlington: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to meet us at Black Mountain Natural Area, we should be there by 1 pm.
Photo: Black Mountain Natural Area. Credit: Rae Bronenkant / The Nature Conservancy