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                           SEPTEMBER 2009 SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 12th; SC, Colchester, Day Pond Loop 

(C, 4 miles, 2 ½ hours). We may get an Indian Summer or some early Fall colors here. At least the Sumac and Red Maple will be turning scarlet by this time. It’s a great place to find out what New England and Eastern China have in common….besides a shift in jobs. These two places are known for their Fall leaves. We have more trees so our display is more prominent. One theory linking the two places is that during warming periods between glaciations, Greenland acted like a land bridge between the two worlds. The return of the ice pushed the forests south in both areas. You know you live in New England when the Dairy Queen closes in September…or you’ve worn a parka and shorts at the same time. But we may be able to catch some ice cream at Austin’s Ice Cream, 467 S. Main St. ((860) 537-6974) East on Route 16, under Route 2, and a right on South Main. Directions: Route 2 to exit 16 and go south on CT 149. In 3 miles turn right onto Peck Lane at the sign for Day Pond State Park. After 0.4 mile take your first left onto Day Pond Road, then turn right at the gate for Day Pone State Park. The park is 1.1 miles north of CT 149. There is ample angle parking along the road around the pond. L: John Calandrelli (SC) 860-236-4405

Sunday, September 13, 1:30pm. SG, Geology-of-the-Giant Hike

All hikes are open to the public. Hike will leave from the bulletin board at the Sleeping Giant Park entrance on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.

Saturday, September 19th; 10 am, SC, Cornwall, Cathedral Pines and Mohawk Mountain 

(B/C, 6 miles, 3 ¾ miles). This was once a premier stand of white pine. Learn what happened in 1989 to change that. This hike will start out uphill and continue uphill after that! This makes the second half of the hike all downhill! We’ll get great views of early Fall foliage from the top of Mohawk Mountain tower…bring a camera! Head west on Route 4 through Goshen. Go 0.5 mile past the intersection with Route 125. Turn left onto Bolton Hill Rd. and bear right immediately onto Jewell Street. After 0.5 mile go left at the fork up Essex Hill Road 0.2 mile to a pullout on your left; a great scarred pine stands alone across the street. L: John Calandrelli (SC) 860-236-4405

Tuesday, September 22, 8:45am, FCE-U - Metacomet Trail, Rt. 20 north


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Meet at International Skating Center, Rt. 10 Simsbury to carpool to trailhead, and then we will carspot. Hike is 5.2 mi. Estimated return 1:30pm.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  CL: Len Berton & Marie Coons.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 8:45am, FCE - Tunxis Trail, Nature Center Connector, Bristol/Burlington

8+ weekly FCE hikes begin. Please call FCE at 404-0290 and register for Course #09FWAL100 "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.


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Park on the wide shoulder strip on the south side of Scoville Rd., off Rt. 69 opposite the Lamson Corner Cemetery. We will carpool to the Barnes Nature Center on Shrub Rd. in Bristol and hike back to the cars.  L: Len Berton

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 27, 1:30pm, SG, Fall Wildflower Hike

All hikes are open to the public. Hike will leave from the bulletin board at the Sleeping Giant Park entrance on the north side of Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, about 0.5 mile east of Whitney Avenue. Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired. No pets, please.

Tuesday, September 29, 8:45am, FCE-U - Salmon River Trail, Colchester


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Meet at  Fmtn CPL, Rt 4 next to the golf course, corner Town Farm Rd.  Hike will be a 6.9 mile lollipop trail, One of the last covered bridges in Connecticut. Was featured in Sept 13 Hartford Courant.  Estimated return 2:30pm.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  CL: Len Berton & Marie Coons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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