What's new: Fall season starting!
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
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.
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|