Berkshire AMC





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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 2017 FCE Group

Boyd Woods Hike, Litchfield - 10/27/16 

Hill-Stead Museum - 2/16/17


Thursday, April 13, 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: Countryside Park and Huckleberry Hill, Avon [note: dogs are not allowed]

Meet: Countryside Park at 335 Huckleberry Hill Rd, Avon, 2 miles south of Rt. 179 or 1.7 miles north of Rt. 4. We will walk briefly around this small town park many of us have probably never seen, then will walk across the road to the loop Huckleberry Hill trails for mostly easy and some moderately steep hiking for about 2 hours. Be prepared for seasonal wetness and mud.
L: Anne Fitzgerald 860-673-1216, 860-221-4225 that morning

Thursday, April 20, 8:45am, FCE, Simsbury/Granby

We will hike into the McLean Game Refuge on the North Trail (P) to the Blue Summit Trail and 580 foot summit of the North Barndoor Hill. Area perspective can be seen on McLean Game Refuge Trails, Map ML-1.

From Simsbury Center: Rte 10/202 North past town center and left at Antonio's Restaurant onto Hoskins Road, which straight on becomes Country Road. Drive about two miles to Intersection of Simsbury Road and Barndoor Hills Road where triangular parking area will hold about 12 tightly-parked cars (therefore, please carpool - at least from near Route 10/202 in Simsbury).

L: Ed Shaskan. Should bad weather cancel, email posting by 7 AM. Cell phone on hike day only: 860-833-8009.

Thursday, April 27, 8:45am, FCE, Antolini Trail, New Hartford

A moderate approximately 4 mile loop hike in the woods with a few small stream crossings and rolling hills and one steep short climb. Meet at trailhead parking lot at 8:45 for a 9 AM start.

From junction of Rte 179 and 202 in Canton, go west on 202 for 6.5 miles to Bakersville. At the flashing light turn left onto East Cotton Hill Road. Drive approximately 1 mile to parking lot on the left.

L: Tom Iezzi (H) 860-413-2627 ; (C) morning of hike 860-856-1753

Thursday, May 4, 8:45 am, FCE, Chauncey Peak Trail, Meriden

Meet at Giuffrida Park parking area for a 2.7 mile, 530 ft total ascent of the Chauncey Peak Loop trail with several view points on the ridge. For details of this and related trails, click here. Note: The Chauncey Peak Blue-blazed Trail has been recently renovated with switch-backs and stairs in order to substantially ease the ascent.

From Rte 9 take I-91 South to Exit 20 (Country Club Road). At bottom of Exit Ramp turn Left at Stop sign for about 200 yards and then turn Right onto Country Club Road and proceed for 2.3 miles to yellow curve arrows. Immediately turn right and parking lot is ahead. 

L: Ed Shaskan (H) 860-561-0040 (C) 860-833-8009 Hike Day


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 (W-west or E-east), FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader, LH=Local Hike, SC=Sierra Club, U=unofficial