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                           APRIL 2010 SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 1, 8:45am, FCE - Spring Hiking Season Begins

Please call FCE at 860-404-0290 and register for Course #NAT 102: "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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Tunxis Loop, Burlington
The loop includes the main line & purple-dot Tunxis trails. Then we will climb up to Perry's Lookout on Taine Mtn. Meet on Ryan's Way: turn S off Rt. 4 at the blinker on Punch Brook Rd. (opposite Barnes Hill), which is about 0.5 mile W of Rt. 179 traffic light. Ryan's Way is 2nd right - park a short way down alongside wooded area. CWB map TU-3c. L: Len Berton





Saturday, April 3, 8:45am, BLT - Tunxis Loop, Burlington

Same as April 1. Burlington Land Trust members and FCE Thursday Group members: free; Non-members: $10 tax-deductible donation to Land Trust suggested. L: Len Berton

Thursday, April 8, 8:45am, FCE - Metacomet Trail, Plainville/Farmington

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Meet on Pinnacle Rd. opposite Reservoir Rd. (off Rt. 6 in Farmington just west of the Tomasso gravel operation). Park on shoulders and along road, staying well clear of driveways. We will carpool to Rt. 372 in Plainville and hike back. This trail has several magnificent overlooks, highlighted by Pinnacle Rock with views in all directions. Then we will pass Will Warren's den. CWB map ME-4a/b. L: Len Berton




Saturday, April 10, 8:45am, BLT - Metacomet Trail, Plainville/Farmington  Nice cool day -- see you there.

Same as April 8. Burlington Land Trust members and FCE Thursday Group members: free; Non-members: $10 tax-deductible donation to Land Trust suggested. L: Len Berton

Thursday, April 15, 8:45am, FCE – Kettletown State Park, Southbury

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Meet in Price Chopper (Bristol) lot near Blockbuster to carpool.  We’ll do sections of the Pomperaug, Crest, Brook and Miller Trails.  Expect some beautiful views in return for the extra driving.  Please allow for the possibility of a later return.  CWB map ZR-3. L: Len Berton  






Thursday, April 22, 8:45am, FCE - Mattatuck Trail, Plymouth/Wolcott

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We will pass Buttermilk Falls, Marino Pond, Indian Jack cave (with overlook), and Charlie Krug cave. Meet at Peterson Memorial Park. Go S on Rt 69 to Mad River Rd.; street sign is on left of Rt. 69. If you get to Rt. 322, you missed the turn. Park entrance is ¼ mi. N. CWB map MT-1. L: Len Berton






Tuesday, April 27, 9am, FCE-U - Tunxis Trail, Bristol/Southington

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Meet on Sunnydale Ave. off Lake Ave. in Bristol. We will do some sections of the Tunxis Trail in this area. Anticipate an 11:30 am return to the cars. Heavy rain will cancel. CWB map TU-1. L: Marie Coons






Thursday, April 29, 8:45am, FCE - Mattabesset & Reservoir Loop Trails, Middletown

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Meet at the Farmington CPL on Rt. 4 at Town Farm Rd. to carpool. This hike was featured in Peter Marteka's Hartford Courant article of March 21: "it is home to some of the wildest, most scenic natural vistas in the central part of the state. Visitors can explore the heart of this 10,240-acre expanse of largely forested land along a 12-mile section of the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail or along an equally scenic reservoir loop trail. The trail travels through watershed land past what are simply known as Asylum Reservoir No. 1 and Asylum Reservoir No. 2. These picturesque bodies of water surrounded by white pines and mountain laurel were dug by hand during the late 1800's and early 1900's." CWB map MB-1. L: Len Berton




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