Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m.—WOODSTOCK—With a nip in the air and colorful leaves still clinging to the trees, it’s the perfect time of year to stretch your legs and hit the trail. The fifth annual Peak to Peak event invites locals and visitors alike to explore the walking paths of Woodstock on Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The event takes place on the Woodstock Village Green, where participants can learn about local recreation and conservation organizations, play family-friendly games, and join expert guides for specialized hikes up Mt. Peg or Mt. Tom. Walkers who make it to the top of the peaks can enjoy apple cider, cheese, crackers and art activities to reward their efforts. The event is free and open to the public. Wood-fired pizza will be available on the Green from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with sales benefitting Woodstock Union High School’s Earth Beat club.
Participants can grab a Walk Woodstock map and explore on their own, or meet at the Green for one of these scheduled hikes:
Peak to Peak Challenge—Summit both Mt. Tom and Mt. Peg, stopping at the village green for lunch. Departs 10 a.m. Hearty, 5 miles roundtrip.
Mt. Peg History Hike—Explore the landscape history of Mt. Peg with a local historian, with special focus on the golf course that used to occupy its slopes. Departs 10 a.m. Easy, 1.5 miles roundtrip.
Yoga Hike—A moving meditation along the gentle slopes of Mt. Peg. All levels welcome. Departs 10:30 a.m. Easy, 2 miles roundtrip.
Mt. Tom Hike—Join a Sierra Club trip leader to hike the historic Faulkner Trail to South Peak for a panoramic view. Departs 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Moderate, 3.5 miles roundtrip.
Peak at the Park: An Adventure for Young Hikers—Become a junior ranger on this family trek as you cross a covered bridge, climb a mountain, and discover secret gardens. Departs 12:30 p.m. Easy pace over moderate terrain, 2 miles roundtrip.
For more info, as well as other events part of Boots to Boats, visit nps.gov/mabi/boots-to-boats-adventures.htm.
Photo courtesy of NPS
A group of youngsters takes a brisk hike up the mountain toward the Precipice Trail on Mount Tom as part of a previous Peak to Peak Challenge. Trails are sure to provide access to amazing foliage views this season.