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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 2015 FCE Group


 

 

 

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

CURRENT SCHEDULE 

 

Thursday, September 10, 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: Tulmeadow Farms/Ethel Walker Loops

Meet: Tulmeadow Farms Trail Head, 255 Farmsvillage Road, West Simsbury.
Note: The trail head is at the rear of the Tulmeadow Farms entrance driveway.

Hike along corn fields, gardens and meadows on the trail leading to the Ethel Walker trails. Ethel Walker trails take us along babbling brooks & wooded forests. Returning to Tulmeadow Farms property we will hike a slightly different trail to the cars.
L: Tom Iezzi & Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, September 17, 8:45am, Onion Mountain Park, West Simsbury

Meet: Mountain Park (playground) near 217 West Mountain Road, West Simsbury (just north of the intersection of West Mountain Rd. and Notch Rd.) to car spot at 9am to Onion Mountain Park just a bit north after passing Nimrod Rd. There is room for only about 6-8 cars there.

We will take the red trail around the border and up the 900-foot trap rock mountain to the orange, blue and yellow trails covering gently rolling terrain through trees 40-50 then 80-120 years old. There is a variety of topography to challenge you and give you breaks. We should return to the trail head parking lot by 11:30. A short trail from there will take those who wish to go to picturesque Stoddard Reservoir, a popular fishing spot. The reservoir's spillway creates a pretty waterfall at the eastern end.

Click here for map and description. L: Anne Fitzgerald 860-673-1216 (H), 860-221-4225 (Morning of Hike)

Thursday, September 24, 8:45 am, FCE - Great Pond/Wagner Woods Loop, Simsbury

We will be hiking 2 - 2 1/2 hours on State Forest property and Simsbury Land Trust property. Meet at the Great Pond State Forest parking lot. We will hike from the lot to Great Pond Rd. and enter Wagner Woods. After looping the Wagner Woods, we will return to the state forest and loop around Great Pond. 

From Rt 309 in West Simsbury, take Old Farms Rd north. After passing Hall Farm, turn right onto Great Pond Rd. The entrance to the state forest is on your left. Reference: click here. L: John Vibert JohnVibert@aol.com (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747)

Thursday, October 29, 8:45 am, FCE - PENNWOOD NORTH, Simsbury/Bloomfield

Start: 9 AM, Wintonbury Road

From Simsbury Center, take Drake Hill Road to Riverside, go left and merge with Terry's Plain Road. Continue to Wintonbury Road on the right. Turn right and drive towards end of road for parking.

Loop hike. Orange, White & Blue trails. Some nice ups and downs and a great vista.

Note: After hike lunch get-together. Details as we get closer to date.

L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

 

 
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