Berkshire AMC





                                AUGUST 2003 SCHEDULE

Friday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. Hezekiah's Knob and Chestnut Grove - Hamden   Cancelled due to rain & possible thunderstorms

Explore Sleeping Giant's Violet, Green and Orange Trails as well as a piece of the Quinnipiac Trail and a walk in the State's "Chestnut Grove" experiment station. "A moderate 2.8 mile loop." Bring lunch. Meet at Big Y Supermarket in Plainville. Guesstimate of return to cars - 3:00PM   L: Diana Meyer

Saturday, Aug. 2.  9:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Torrington Trails (A3BC)

Hike 9 mi. (15 km.) from Sunnybrook SP to Burr Pond & back. Polite dogs on leash welcome. Meet Sunnybrook SP, Newfield Rd., Torrington. Possible parking fee. Rain cancels. If doubt call by 8 AM. L: Jim Linnane (860-738-0273; ) CL welcome.

Sunday, August 3, 9:00 a.m., PSF Hike, Camp White in American Legion Forest

We will explore the CCC camp area on the ground and with pictures, and the ecosystem of the lower Buck Trail, which was the location of our spring flower walk. About 1 miles of easy walking. Estimated time about 2 hours. Meet at the entrance to the PSF Matthies Grove Picnic Area, on East River Rd. Bring water and insect spray. Heavy rain cancels. L: Walt Landgraf

Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 a.m. Hezekiah's Knob and Chestnut Grove in SG - Hamden   Rescheduled from Aug. 1

Explore Sleeping Giant's Blue, Violet, Green and Orange Trails and a walk in the State's "Chestnut Grove" experiment station. "A moderate 2.8 mile loop," but we can add a bit more by using some bigger loops.  Bring lunch. Meet at Big Y Supermarket in Plainville. Guesstimate of return to cars - 3:00PM   L: Diana Meyer, CL: Len Berton

Wednesday Aug. 6, AMC Hike, Chatfield Trail (B3B)

Most of Chatfield Tr., plus connecting trails in Chatfield Hollow SP, along S portion. Meet AM, Killingworth. Call L for info. L: GR "Gary" Zempel VKramer@Snet.Net  with subject "AMC" (203-234-9778) CL welcome.

Friday, August 8, 8:30 a.m. Algonquin State Forest - Colebrook  Another weather cancellation

Hopefully a cool, though hilly walk in the woods. Bring lunch. Meet at Marandino's Market, Rt. 44 in Pine Meadow (New Hartford, opposite Satan's Kingdom parking lot)  Expect to return to cars by 1:30pm   L: Diana Meyer

Sunday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m., AMC Hike, Nepaug State Forest (B3C)

Loop hikes on Tunxis side trails & Valley Overlook Tr. Net gain 500 ft. (150 m.). Bring snack. Polite dogs on leash welcome. Pizza after. Meet Satan's Kingdom Rte. 44, New Hartford. Possible parking fee. Rain cancels. If doubt call by 9 AM. L: Jim Linnane (860-738-0273; ) CL welcome.

Monday, August 11, 8:30 a.m., Holcomb Farm Trails, Granby  

We did the East trails on 7/28, so now we'll try the West trails.  Meet at Border's/Simsbury Commons -- Jnc. Rts. 44/167. Expected return to cars by noon. :L: Len Berton

Wednesday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.  Gillette Castle - East Haddam

Explore the miles of trails overlooking the CT River. If time/interest tour the castle. (Admission fee charged.) Meet at Big Y Supermarket, Plainville.  Bring a lunch. Expect to return to cars...?! 3:00-4:00-ish depending on interest in Castle.   L: Diana Meyer

Friday, August 15, 8:30 a.m. Burr Pond - John Muir Trail, Torrington. 

Hopefully cool "blueberry walk" in Sunnybrook State Park, Paugnut State Forest and Burr Pond area. Bring lunch. Meet at Burlington Commons.  Expect return to cars around 2PM   L: Len Berton

Saturday, Aug. 16.  9:00 a.m.,  AMC Hike, Macedonia Brook State Park (B3AB)

Hike blue loop trail. About 6 mi. (10 KM). One steep scramble. Ice cream afterwards. Limited parking at trail head. Meet CPL off Rte. 118, W (Litchfield NOT Harwinton) side of exit 42, Rte. 8. (if coming from W of Rte 8, call/email for directions, starting time). Rain/lightning threat cancels. If doubt call by 8 a.m. L Jim Linnane (860-738-0273, ); CL welcome. No dogs please.

Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., AMC Hike, Leader's Choice in Steep Rock (B2B)

Lovely trails along river and up to ridge. Meet in front of Washington Depot Town Hall, Rte. 47. Rain cancels; if doubt call by 8:30 AM. L: Merri Fox (860-485-1697). CL welcome.

Wednesday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. Metacomet Trail - E. Granby. 

Either north (over Peak Mtn. with views to west) or south (a section we might not have done) from Rt. 20 & Newgate Rd. Bring lunch. Meet at Border's/Simsbury - Jnc. Rts. 44/167. Expect return to cars by 2:00PM   L: Diana Meyer

Saturday Aug. 23, 9 a.m., AMC Hike, Northern Nipmuck Trail & Breakneck Pond View Trail Loop (B3C)

8 mi. loop including N portion of Nipmuck Tr. from near Rte. 171 to MA border then onto Breakneck Pond View Tr. back to start. Meet in Union; From I-84 Ex. 73, E on Rte. 190 to 171, E to Bigelow Hollow SP entrance. Meet at first PL on right (before brown bulletin board). Rain cancels, call by 8 AM. L: Ray Helie (860-564-3949; ).

Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m., AMC Hike, Chatfield Trail (B3B). 

Hike 8.6 mi. Ledges, hemlocks, glacial boulders, caves, waterfall, feather ledge; test your diet in fat man squeeze. Bring sense of adventure. Meet Killingworth: Chatfield Hollow SP outside entrance. From Rte. 9 Ex. 9 follow Rte. 81 S to Rte. 80 W, watch for park signs. From I-95 Ex. 63, Rte. 81 N to 80 W. Rain cancels, call by 9 PM Thursday. L: Jenifer Nadeau (860-742-7203) CL welcome.

Wednesday, August 27, 8:30 a.m., Green/Blue/Orange Tunxis Lollipop  Rescheduled hike from July 11.

Relaxed 4.4 miles, suitable for warmer weather.  However, there is one steeper section called "Devil's Kitchen."  Meet at Burlington Commons, junction Rts. 4 & 69.  Bring snacks and water.  Back around noon. L: Len Berton 

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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