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                                MARCH 2003 SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 1, 2003,  10 a.m., SC Hike, WHITE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION & CONSERVATION CENTER, Litchfield

Meet at the park entrance parking lot by the museum off Route 202 (Whitehall Road, about 2 miles west of Litchfield Center), for a relaxed 6+ mile hike.  Rain date March 2.  Call Michael Hofmann at (860) 521-6161 for more information.

Sunday, March 2, 2003,  10:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Northwest Park (B3C/D)

A 5.5 or 7.5 mi. loop hike on pretty woodland trails.  Easy hiking w/ only one small hill.  Hiking boots required.  Meet CPL, exit 38, I-91, Windsor.  Rain or snow cancels.  If doubt, call leader by 9 a.m.  L: Barry Resnick (860-649-7894).

Sunday, March 2, 2003,  1:30 p.m.,  SG Hike, Winter Tree Identification

Hike will leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance.  The Sleeping Giant Park is on Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden,
about 0.5 mile in from Whitney Avenue, on the left-hand side of the street.  Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring
snacks and water, as desired.  Please do not bring pets.  The hike is open to the public, and there is no fee.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Sweetheart Mountain, Canton

Meet in Collinsville next to the big antiques building behind the Station House Coffee Shop.  Bring snowshoes if you have them.  Back to cars before noon.  Optional lunch nearby at LaSalle Market (great sandwiches!).  L: Marie Coons

Friday, March 7, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Farmington DEP Trails

There are two new DEP trails in Shade Swamp Sanctuary.  We'll bring the GPS and have a true adventure.  Each trail looks to be roughly 1 mile out and another mile return.  Meet beside CVS in Post Office Square on Rt. 10 Farmington to carpool over to either the "white" or the "blue" trail in Shade Swamp off Rt. 6.  Expect return to cars by noon at the latest.  L: Diana Meyer

Saturday, March 8, 2003,  10:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Black Rock State Forest, Watertown (B3C)

Excellent views; mod. pace; approx. 2.5 hrs. hiking time.  Call leader for meeting place, directions, confirmation.  Foul weather cancels.  If doubt, call leader by 9 a.m.  L: John Pilla (203-756-8218).

Sunday, March 9, 2003,  10:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Mt. Everett, MA (B3B)

Hike up Race Brook Falls to top Mt. Everett, MA.  3-state view; mod. pace; approx. 4 hrs. hiking.  Call leader for meeting place, directions, confirmation.  Foul weather cancels.  If doubt, call leader by 9 a.m.  L: John Pilla (203-756-8218).

Sunday, March 9, 2003,  11:00 a.m.,  SG Hike, Almost Spring Hikers' Hike  EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY!

A strenuous hike over rough terrain.  Hike will leave from the bulletin board at the park entrance.  The Sleeping Giant Park is on Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile in from Whitney Avenue, on the left-hand side of the street.  Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired.  Please do not bring pets.  The hike is open to the public, and there is no fee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Satan's Kingdom

Meet at Marandino's/Dunkin' Doughnuts on Rt. 44 in New Hartford just W of Canton line.  Bring snowshoes if you have them.  Back to cars before noon.  L: Marie Coons

Friday, March 14, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Great Pond, Simsbury

Meet at Borders in Simsbury Commons and back to cars at noon.  Diana Meyer

Saturday, March 15, 2003,  10:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Nepaug State Forest (B3C)

Loop hikes on Tunxis & Valley Overlook trails.  Optional hike into Farmington R. gorge.  Net elev. gain 500í (150 M).  Bring snack.  Polite dogs on leash welcome.  Pizza after. Meet Satanís Kingdom Rt. 44, New Hartford.  Bad weather/conditions cancel.  If doubt call leader by 9 a.m. L: Jim Linnane (860-738-0273, jalinnane738@earthlink.net ). CL welcome.

Sunday, March 16, 2003,  9:30 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Zoar Trail  (B3C)

6.5 mi. hike thru lower Paugussett SF.  Lake Zoar views & wonderful waterfall.  Bring snowshoes if snow.  Meet at trail head, end of Great Quarter Rd., Newtown off Rt. 34 about 100 yds. W of Rt. 111.  Steady precipitation cancels.  L: Dale Geslien (203-778-3651,  geslien@prodigy.net ) CL welcome.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Simsbury Reservoir

Destination depends on snow cover conditions.  Meet at Borders, Simsbury Commons. Expect return to cars by noon.  L: Marie Coons

Friday, March 21, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Tunxis Trail, New Hartford  Cancelled due to rain, fog, and mud.

Opposite Ski Sundown along Ratlum MT/ Barkhamsted Reservoir views.  Meet at Marandino's/Dunkin Donuts Rt. 44 opposite Satan's Kingdom, New Hartford.  Expect return to cars by noon.  L: Diana Meyer

Saturday, March 22, 2003,  9:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Northwest Corner Surprise (B2B)

6-7 mi. on either the AT or S.Taconic Trail, L's choice depending on weather/trail conditions.  Meet at Undermountain Trail Head, 5 mi. N. on Rt.41 from Salisbury.  Rain or heavy snow cancels; if doubt call leader by 7:30 a.m.  L: Merri Fox (860-485-1697).

Sunday, March 23, 2003,  12:30 p.m.,  AMC Hike, Timberlands (C3C)

Visit lesser-known unit of Guilford Land Trust.  Hike approx. 4-5 mi. over ledges & thru woodlands.  Possible mid- or post-hike surprise.  Meet after lunch at CPL, N side I-95 exit 58, Guilford.  Precipitation or snowy/icy conditions cancel.  If doubt call leader by 10:30 a.m.  L: David Cullen (860-889-5056, dlcul@conncolLeader:edu )

Tuesday, March 25, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Onion Mountain

Goals: have a nice hike AND find Marie's GPS receiver (which has been hibernating for the winter on the Onion)..  Meet at Borders, Simsbury Commons. Expect return to cars by noon.  L: Marie Coons

Friday, March 28, 2003,  8:45 a.m., Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Meet at Canton Shopping Center (opposite post office), Rt. 44 W of Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.  Back to the cars by noon.  L: Len Berton

Saturday, March 29, 2003,  9:15 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Salmon River Trail (B3C)

Hike 7 mi. thru Salmon R. SF.  Brief stop at cascading waterfall.  Lunch at Day Pond SP.  Meet Rte. 16 & Salmon R. in Comstock Covered Bridge parking lot, E. Hampton.  Bad weather cancels.  If doubt, call leader by 8:45 a.m.  L: Steve Braciak (860-267-4371).

Sunday, March 30, 2003,  10:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Tunxis Trail (B2B)

6 mi. loop hike thru Nassahegan SF primarily on White Dot, Purple Dot, & Mainline trails.  Leader bringing dog (yellow lab).  Meet Burlington Commons Rts. 4 & 69, Burlington.  Rain cancels.  If doubt call leader by 9 a.m.  L: Peter Dorpalen (860-674-1840 pdorpalen@attbi.com ).

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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, 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