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CATS Grand Hike to the Essex Inn

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Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is hosting the North Country's 6th annual Grand Hike on Saturday, May 11. The "Grand Hike to the Essex Inn" will take place on CATS hiking trails and scenic back roads from Westport to the Essex Inn. There will be a "block party" celebration following the hike.

We’ll begin 10:00-10:30, parking in Essex and take the shuttle to Westport, then walking approximately 12 miles back to Essex, arriving between 3:00 and 6:00 for the fabulous Block Party at the Essex Inn.

The first part of the Grand Hike will be on the Viall’s Crossing Trail which features two new trail routes, John Brown’s Trail and Harold’s Oak Grove Trail. There will be several oases along the way and opportunities to hop back on the shuttle if a shorter route is preferred.

The Block Party is from 3:00 to 7:00 and will feature live music. Dinner will be available at the Essex Inn, but we’ll need your reservation to let them know how much food to prepare—you’ll pay the Essex Inn for dinner, CATS just takes the reservation. 

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