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Legend: AMC=Appalachian Mountain Club, AT=Appalachian Trail, BLT=Burlington Land Trust, CFPA= CT Forest & Park Assn., CL=Co-leader, CPL=Commuter Parking Lot or Carpool, FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader,  LH=Local Hike, PSF=Peoples State Forest, SC=Sierra Club, SG=Sleeping Giant Park Assoc., U=unofficial

Watch this site for possible weather-related cancellations. Don't forget food and at least a quart of water.  Drink even before getting thirsty.  Good hiking boots or ridged-sole shoes are strongly recommended for all hikes at any time of year.  Also, sticks or poles are a big help on slopes and slippery terrain.   The return times for the FCE-U & local hikes are just a rough guess.  Bring a well-supplied backpack and be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. See FCE Hiking Notes.


Spring 2013 FCE Group


 

 

 

Blood red trillium, trout lily and other wild flower from Meridan hike 2013 (courtesy Beth Tripp)

CURRENT SCHEDULE 

 

Thursday, April 9, 8:45am, FCE Hikes Begin

Please call FCE at 860-404-0290 and register for Course NAT102 "Hikes", or click here to enroll on-line.  Distances will be about 4 - 6 miles, with back-to-cars goal before 12:30pm.  Also see Hiking Notes.

The first hike: Cowles Park. East Granby. Distance 4 - 4.5 miles

The park is located along RT 187 just north of its junction with RT 189 in Bloomfield. Large parking area at trail head along Route 187.

There are two loop trails through Cowles Park and the hiking is fairly level and easy. In addition to hiking Cowles Park we will take the path less-traveled and take a loop to an overlook along the Metacomet Trail.

NOTE: This hike was written up by Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant January 2015. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, April 16, no hike

Spring recess.

Thursday, April 23, 8:45am, Punchbrook & Yellow-dot Trails, Burlington

Travel West on Route 4 from Farmington into Burlington. We will meet at the parking lot on Library Lane which is a right turn after you pass the Congregational Church (there is a library sign on the corner). If you get to the junction of Rt 4 and Rt 69, you have gone too far. We will then carpool 5 minutes to the trailhead.

See CWBW p. 296 for more info. Hike is 3.2 miles and includes the Blue/Purple dot blazed Punchbrook Trail and the newly blazed Blue/Yellow dot trail (formerly the Blue Mainline Tunxis Trail.

L: Tom Iezzi 860-413-2627; Cell, day of hike 860-655-9714.

Thursday, April 30, 8:45am, Black Rock State Park, Watertown

"FOLLOW THE LEATHERMAN" - This hike was written up by Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant.

Meet at 8:45 for prompt 9:00 AM start.

From junction of Route 6 and Route 109 in Thomaston, follow Route 6 west about 0.4 mile to Black Rock State Park parking lot entrance on right.

Loop trail hike with start on Branch Brook Trail to Blue Blazed Mattatuck Trail. We will then follow Blue Blazes to Leatherman's Cave. After scrambling up the large boulders and crawling around and exploring the cave areas we will continue on Blue Blazed Mattatuck Trail, climbing to a vista at 720'. We will then hike and climb our way back for several miles to Black Rock State Park and our cars.
See CWB West pages 124 & 137 for detail and map.  

4 to 4.5 miles with estimated hike time of 3-1/2 hours. This hike, our third of the session, would be considered intermediate to difficult. Hike poles are highly recommended. Bring water and energy snacks. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, May 7, 8:45am, FCE, Roraback Wildlife Management Area, Harwinton

Meet at the parking area on Swimming Hole Rd., Harwinton (From Burlington, take Rt 4 to Harwinton center, turn left onto South Rd.  About 1 mile down take 1st right onto Swimming Hole Rd - parking is down the hill on the left.). We will hike approx. 2.5 hours on unmarked trails and farming roads, looping through the preserve. L: John Vibert (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747)

 
Legend: AMC=Appalachian Mountain Club, AT=Appalachian Trail, BLT=Burlington Land Trust, CFPA= CT Forest & Park Assn., CL=Co-leader, CPL=Commuter Parking Lot or Carpool, CWB=CFPA's CT Walk Book, FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader,  LH=Local Hike, PSF=Peoples State Forest, SC=Sierra Club, SG=Sleeping Giant Park Assoc., U=unofficial