Berkshire AMC





                           SEPTEMBER 2007 SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 11 >> 18, 9am, LH, Devil's Hopyard  11th postponed to 18th due to weather forecast

Meet Town Farm Rd. CPL Farmington next to golf course. Probably about 5 - 6 miles. Bring lunch, water, snacks. Rain, humidity, heat cancels. Probable return, guessing about 3PM.  L: Jane Macomber

Sunday, September 23, 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, Sept. 25, 9am, FCE-U - Black Rock State Park, Watertown

We will do a 4.2 mile loop on the Mattatuck and side trails including the famous Black Rock overlook, plus a visit to one of the Leatherman's Caves, and Crane's Lookout. Meet at the CPL on Rt 4 & Town Farm Rd, Farmington.  L: Len Berton

Thursday, Sept. 27,  8:45 am, FCE,  Tunxis Multicolor/Sessions Woods, Burlington

8+ weekly hikes begin. First meeting is at Sessions Woods, Rt. 69, 3+ miles south of the intersection with Rt 4, Burlington.  Please call FCE at 404-0290 and register for Course #07F1301: "Hikes", or click here and go to Continuing Education to enroll on-line.  Distances will be about 4 - 5 miles, with back-to-cars goal of about noon.  Also see Hiking Notes.

1st hike: we will carpool to start on GW Tpk. We will hike back to Sessions via the Tunxis white-dot, green-dot and mainline. Then for those with remaining time and energy, we may visit the Sessions Woods duck blind, waterfall, and fire tower.  L: Len Berton

Saturday, September 29, 11am, SC, Huntington SP

This hike is a big little gem in Southwest Connecticut! We’ll be doing 5.5 miles around Collis P. Huntington State Park. This loop passes meadow into deep woodland and skirts two lakes. Wildlife is never far away here and birders should hear and see many species! This State Park is quite a treasure in a developed area like southwestern Connecticut. You’ll see some of the pressures on this park about halfway through the hike.

The hike will take about 2½ to 3 hours. There are two steep parts; one steep downhill at the beginning and one long gradual ascent in the middle. Wear appropriate footwear, bring water and snacks! Please keep cell phones turned off; they are good for calling out in an emergency but who really wants to hear a ringtone when we have all the birds singing the real thing.

From the junction of CT Rt 302 and CT Rt 58 go south 1.3 miles and turn left onto Sunset Hill Road. Go 2.2 miles and the park entrance will be on your left. We’ll meet in front of the bear and wolf statues! Keep my cell phone number handy just in case the morning of the hike doesn’t look so good weather-wise: John C 860-508-9952


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