LGBTQA+ hikers are gathering in February to explore the trails of Burlington's Intervale. This unique land is located within the city limits of Burlington, Vermont. Our hike will be an easy, flat meandering jaunt that will loop along the banks of the Winooski River, through the farm fields of the Intervale, and in and out of the unique floodplain forest. We'll plan an easy, accessible hike. We will have plenty of options for the length, direction, and difficulty of our adventure. After our hike we'll warm up with beverages in town.
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. All ages, allies, and families welcome! Youth under 18 years should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Johnny Chagnon of GLAM Vermont at the Pride Center of Vermont and Gwendolyn Causer of Audubon Vermont will co-lead the hike to provide birding, botany, hiking, and tracking tidbits.
Trail/accessibility information: Our walk will be at an easy pace and will cover less than 2 miles. We are very flexible about the trails we choose based upon the needs of the group. The trails are wide and on a base of sandy soil, but they might be snowy or icy depending upon the recent weather. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. If you require accommodations or have questions about accessibility, please contact Audubon Vermont at email@example.com.
A detailed trail map of trails at the Intervale Center is available here: https://www.intervale.org/activities-events
A map of Burlington Wildway's newly-opened Intervale Wildway Trail is available here: burlingtonwildways.org/sites/default/files/imce/uploads/intervale-wildway-trail.pdf
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring snacks and plenty of water!
***We will meet up in the parking lot at Shaw's/Starbucks at 570 Shelburne Road in South Burlington at 1:00 pm to arrange carpools. If you'd like to meet us at the Intervale, we should be there by 1:15 pm. We will gather at the parking lot by the Intervale Center Office. Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to meet us at the Intervale: firstname.lastname@example.org ***
Photo: Winter Pride Hike. Gwendolyn Causer / Audubon Vermont