The Putney Mountain Association and Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association will be hosting a special and very different hike. This guided hike will take place on Saturday, October 13th. It will commence from different starting points, via different routes, to converge upon the site of the ancient windmill that inspired the names for Windmill Mountain, Windmill Hill, and Windmill Ridge. This coordinated hike will begin at either 10 AM or 11 AM. The beginning times depend upon the routes taken. Because of the logistics involved, advance registration is required so that detailed directions and information about the routes may be given and the groups can be relatively even in size. A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 14th.
The plan is for participants to meet up at noon at the site of the ancient windmill, located at the junction of five different hiking trails. Come help us celebrate the shared history of land conservation, past and present, by the two volunteer organizations that have made these protected lands and their trails possible. At the celebration hikers will learn about the Five Corners, the early ridgeline settlement there, and the history of the ridge and its conservation by the Putney Mountain Association and the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. A bring your own picnic lunch will follow with cider provided by WHPA and PMA.
Participants should bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant, and perhaps a walking stick. All trail routes are rated medium, but several have steep sections. The five starting/parking points are the trailheads at Putney Mountain, Grassy Brook, Holden Trail, and two private houses on Banning Road and Windmill Hill Road South. The trails taken will traverse parts of Putney, Brookline, and Westminster.
Because of necessary carpooling to and from different trailheads, registration is required for this free hike. For information and registration contact Elizabeth Bissell at email@example.com or 802-387-4587. A map showing the different routes and giving information about their start times and difficulty may be found at www.putneymountain.org or www.windmillhillpinnacle.org. The Pinnacle Association and The Putney Mountain Association are also on Facebook.