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What's new: There have been postponements and then some! - see schedule below.

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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)

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CURRENT SCHEDULE 

Thursday, April 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.

First hike for spring session:
Thursday, April 10, 8:45 am, FCE
- Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middlefield & Middletown

Meet at the State Park entrance. The hike, which will start at 9 AM, is a 3.3 mile loop to include various trails and views of the Falls. Travel South on Rte 9 to Middletown. Take Rte 66 West to Rte 157. Turn left on 157 and the park entrance is a few miles on the left. L: Tom Iezzi 860-404-8945 (H); 860-655-9714 (C,day of the hike).

Thursday, April 17, 8:45 am, FCE - East/Eddy Loops

Meet: West Simsbury Shopping Plaza, 244 Farms Village Road, West Simsbury, CT. Due to limited parking at trail head we will carpool to start. From Firetown Road we will hike to East Loop via blazed Gray Trail. Connect with Blue Blazed East Loop. Connect and hike White blazed Eddy Loop. See map ML-2, p. 156 CWB West. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday April 24, 8:45 am, FCE - Breezy Hill Farm Loop, Canton

We will be hiking 2 - 2 1/2 hours on several Canton Land Trust properties that encircle the Breezy Hill Farm. Meet at the Sun, Wind, and Woodland property parking lot. Take Route 44 past the Saybrook Fish House toward New Hartford. R onto Indian Hill Rd. until it ends. R on Breezy Hill Road. Go to the top of the hill past the red house on the left, and the Sun, Wind, and Woodland parking lot will be on your left with a big yellow sign and a kiosk. We will hike the Sun, Wind, and Woodland property, the Sweeton Trail, and the Breezy Hill Farm. Reference: Canton Land Trust. L: John Vibert JohnVibert@aol.com (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747)

Thursday, May 1, 8:45am, FCE - Burr Pond, Torrington -Hike postponed, very rainy, wet and slippery trails. See June 5th

Sunnybrook State Park to Burr Pond Boat Launch, approx 3.5 miles with an optional 0.6 R/t mile up Walnut Mountain. A moderate to challenging hike crossing several streams and ascending gently at first, then more steeply. See Map TR-1 p. 283, details pp. 279-81 CWB West.

Meet: Burr Pond Boat Launch Parking Area. From Rte 8 exit 46, go West at end of ramp onto Pinewoods Road. At first stop sign turn left onto Winsted Road; go south about one mile to traffic light/ Burr Pond sign. Turn Right [west] on Burr Mountain Road and continue for approx one mile to Burr Pond State Park. NOTE: Boat launch area is 0.1 mile past the main entrance.

Note: We will have an approx 12 minute drive to the car spot area. Leaving boat launch area promptly at 9 AM and begin the hike at 9:15 AM. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, May 8, 8:45 am, FCE - Indian Council Trails and the Tunxis Trail

Meet at Legeyt Road in Barkhamsted. From junction of Rt179 and Rt 219 in Barkhamsted, drive north 1.1 miles and turn right on Legeyt Road and roadside parking. We will gather and then drive to the Rt 219 trailhead and hike the Tunxis trail to the Indian Council Caves. After inspecting the Caves we will proceed north on the Tunxis trail and return to our cars at the Legeyt Road location. Total distance 3.3 miles. Moderate difficulty. L: Tom Iezzi (H)860-404-8945; (C, day of the hike) 860-655-9714

Thursday, May 15, 8:45am, FCE - McLean Game Refuge, Granby (postponed to June 12)

We will be hiking on several trails within McLean Game Refuge including the Blue Loop and the North Trail returning on the Horse Trail. Please park at the McLean's main lot located on Rt 10 in Granby. The lot is just north of Stop&Shop, on the opposite side of Rt 10. The hike will take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. For more information, check the Simsbury Land Trust site (click here) or CWB pg 156. L: John Vibert (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747)

Thursday, May 22, 8:45, FCE, Avon Land Trust, Nod Way (postponed to June 19 due to weather & trail conditions)

Meet at the east end of the Marshalls/Michael痴 shopping plaza at 315 West Main St., Avon in front of the now-empty Ninety Nine Restaurant. We値l car spot about two miles to the Nod Way trail head where drivers will pull up over the nearby curb onto the grassy area. We値l hike the green Nod Way trail up the grassy way then onto the white Garvin Trail, blue Maher Trail, red Red Blaze Trail, and back to the blue and white, then down the green. Difficulty ranges from an upward climb to begin with, flat, down, mild upward, almost bushwhacking on a rarely used but well-blazed trail, and stream and fallen tree crossings. Easy to strenuous for about 2 1/2 - 2 セ hours. L: Anne Fitzgerald (H) 860-673-1216; (C day of hike) 860-221-4225.

Thursday, May 29, 8:45 am, FCE - Tariffville Gorge/ Route 20 to Old Hartford Rd

Distance 3.9 miles. Meet at Old Hartford Rd; we will car spot to Rt 20 and hike N to S along ridge line. From Tariffville take Route189 North to bridge across Farmington River just beyond Tariffville Village. Limited parking along RT.189 with additional parking along Old Hartford Rd directly across from Blue Metacomet Trail Marker. Spectacular views of the Farmington River, Simsbury and Granby. See CWB West, pp. 171,172 for descriptions & pp. 191,192 for maps. CL's: Tom Iezzi 860 404 8945, Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087
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NOTE: This will be our group lunch hike. Cracker Barrel Pub in Tarriffville at about noon.

Thursday, June 5th, 8:45am, FCE - Burr Pond, Torrington (postponed to June 26th)

Sunnybrook State Park to Burr Pond Boat Launch, approx 3.5 miles with an optional 0.6 R/t mile up Walnut Mountain. A moderate to challenging hike crossing several streams and ascending gently at first, then more steeply. See Map TR-1 p. 283, details pp. 279-81 CWB West.

Meet: Burr Pond Boat Launch Parking Area. From Rte 8 exit 46, go West at end of ramp onto Pinewoods Road. At first stop sign turn left onto Winsted Road; go south about one mile to traffic light/ Burr Pond sign. Turn Right [west] on Burr Mountain Road and continue for approx one mile to Burr Pond State Park. NOTE: Boat launch area is 0.1 mile past the main entrance.

Note: We will have an approx 12 minute drive to the car spot area. Leaving boat launch area promptly at 9 AM and begin the hike at 9:15 AM. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, June 12, 8:45am, FCE - McLean Game Refuge, Granby (rescheduled postponement)

We will be hiking on several trails within McLean Game Refuge including the Blue Loop and the North Trail returning on the Horse Trail. Please park at the McLean's main lot located on Rt 10 in Granby. The lot is just north of Stop&Shop, on the opposite side of Rt 10. The hike will take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. For more information, check the Simsbury Land Trust site (click here) or CWB pg 156. L: John Vibert (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747)

Thursday, June 19, 8:45, FCE, Avon Land Trust, Nod Way (rescheduled postponement which was postponed again)

Meet at the east end of the Marshalls/Michael痴 shopping plaza at 315 West Main St., Avon in front of the now-empty Ninety Nine Restaurant. We値l car spot about two miles to the Nod Way trail head where drivers will pull up over the nearby curb onto the grassy area. We値l hike the green Nod Way trail up the grassy way then onto the white Garvin Trail, blue Maher Trail, red Red Blaze Trail, and back to the blue and white, then down the green. Difficulty ranges from an upward climb to begin with, flat, down, mild upward, almost bushwhacking on a rarely used but well-blazed trail, and stream and fallen tree crossings. Easy to strenuous for about 2 1/2 - 2 セ hours. L: Anne Fitzgerald (H) 860-673-1216; (C day of hike) 860-221-4225.

Thursday, June 26th, 8:45am, FCE - Burr Pond, Torrington (rescheduled postponement)

Sunnybrook State Park to Burr Pond Boat Launch, approx 3.5 miles with an optional 0.6 R/t mile up Walnut Mountain. A moderate to challenging hike crossing several streams and ascending gently at first, then more steeply. See Map TR-1 p. 283, details pp. 279-81 CWB West.

Meet: Burr Pond Boat Launch Parking Area. From Rte 8 exit 46, go West at end of ramp onto Pinewoods Road. At first stop sign turn left onto Winsted Road; go south about one mile to traffic light/ Burr Pond sign. Turn Right [west] on Burr Mountain Road and continue for approx one mile to Burr Pond State Park. NOTE: Boat launch area is 0.1 mile past the main entrance.

Note: We will have an approx 12 minute drive to the car spot area. Leaving boat launch area promptly at 9 AM and begin the hike at 9:15 AM. L: Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087

Thursday, July 3, 8:45, FCE, Avon Land Trust, Nod Way (rescheduled postponement which was postponed again)

Meet at the east end of the Marshalls/Michael痴 shopping plaza at 315 West Main St., Avon in front of the now-empty Ninety Nine Restaurant. We値l car spot about two miles to the Nod Way trail head where drivers will pull up over the nearby curb onto the grassy area. We値l hike the green Nod Way trail up the grassy way then onto the white Garvin Trail, blue Maher Trail, red Red Blaze Trail, and back to the blue and white, then down the green. Difficulty ranges from an upward climb to begin with, flat, down, mild upward, almost bushwhacking on a rarely used but well-blazed trail, and stream and fallen tree crossings. Easy to strenuous for about 2 1/2 - 2 セ hours. L: Anne Fitzgerald (H) 860-673-1216; (C day of hike) 860-221-4225.

 

 

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