Berkshire AMC





                     OCT/NOV 2013 SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE, Burr Pond State Park, Burrville/Torrington

We will hike around Burr Pond. This park is known for its glacial boulders and historic sites. CWBW pg280,283
From Canton area take Rte 44 west to Rte 8 south to exit 46. Go west at end of ramp onto Pinewoods Road. At first stop sign turn left onto Winsted Road; go south for about one mile to Burr Pond State Park sign and blinking yellow light. Turn right [west] on Burr Mountain Road and continue approx. one mile to SECOND Entrance of Burr Pond State Park on left. Ample parking. L:Jerry Marcum 860 810 0087 (cell) 

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE, Bartlett's Tower, Bloomfield

We have visited Bartlett's Tower in the past, beginning in Penwood State Forest, but this time we'll begin at the Marion K. Wilcox State Park in northern Bloomfield on a loop trail with one section that is up and back. We will hike through a forest of hemlock and oak trees then down a grassy hollow that is almost bushwhacking so be sure to wear long pants. We'll join the blue Metacomet and walk north to Bartlett Tower, then back south, passing the Veeder cabin chimney a few feet away from a dramatic drop along the ridge. The tree canopy breaks along transmission line corridors, providing views of the surrounding hillsides and ultimately to an overlook with spectacular views out to Simsbury and Avon. The cliff trail back to the parking lot is a twisting trail through a deciduous forest. A porta potty awaits!

Click here for more of Peter Marteka's February 7, 2013 article and link to 19 photos. 

Take Route 189 or 187 through Bloomfield. Take Tariffville Road exit and follow to Hoskins Road. The park entrance is on the right about a mile south after passing St. Andrews Cemetery on your right. Or use 60 Hoskins Rd., Bloomfield on GPS. The park entrance is just south on the opposite side of the road before 80 Hoskins Rd. and is easy to miss. Hairpin right turn into the parking lot. L: Anne Fitzgerald 860-673-1216 (H), 860-221-4225 (Cell that morning), 

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE, Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted

Meet: Big Springs Area Youth Campground. NOTE: This is a different meeting place, allow extra time to arrive by 8:45AM. Travel time from Rt.44 & 179 Park & Ride to start of hike is 30 minutes. Jessie Gerard Trail, Robert Ross Trail, Agnes Bowen Trail & Charles Pack Trail. See page 13, CWBW for this loop hike of 5 miles and 3-1/2 hours. From Canton, travel west on RT. 44 to RT. 181. Turn Right and go to stop sign. Turn Right and continue on RT 181 for 3.6 miles to SLADE Road. Turn Left for 0.2 miles to Park Road. Turn Right and travel 1.2 miles to GREENWOOD ROAD. Turn Left and travel ONE HALF MILE [0.5] to Big Spring Area Campgrounds. CL: Tom 860 404 8945 & Jerry 860 810 0087

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE

Meet: Tynan Park in Middletown. We will drive a short distance to the start of the trail on RT 66 where it becomes I-691.

We will hike the trap rock ridges of Mt Higby and the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail with great views of Meriden and the Hanging Hills. We will finish on the Blue-Red trail to Tynan Park. Hike is approximately 4.3 miles long and expected time to complete is 3 1/2 + hours.

Take I-691 East through Meriden towards Rt 66 in Middlefield and Middletown. I-691 becomes Rt66. Pass Rt 147 on your right and go left on Higby Rd (stoplight). Tynan Park is less than a mile on the left after Sisk Street. Reference: CWBWPg100. L: Tom Iezzi. 860-404-8945(H); 860-655-9714(C),

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE, Sleeping Giant SP, Hamden

Meet: Sleeping Giant State Park main entrance. From Farmington Valley area take Route 10 south to Mount Carmel Avenue. Turn left and travel 0.3 mile to park entrance on left. Ample parking. Car spot required.
Hike: We will hike the Blue Trail to Violet Trail to start of Yellow Trail, approx 3.5 miles. Violet Trail goes along Mill River, up to north side of Giant's head, through wooded country. Northwest views are provided from the rocky edges on lower slopes of the Giant's left hand. See pages 257 & 258 CWBW. L: Jerry Marcum, 860 810 0087

Thursday, November 7, 8:45 am, FCE -- Tunxis Trail, Devil's Kitchen, Burlington

Park at the Sessions Woods Education Center, just off Rt. 69. The hike will start on the right-hand side; off the gravel parking lot. Starting on the Tunxis Mainline Trail in Burlington, we will hike into the State Forest, on a 4.8 mile loop section of the Tunxis Trail, returning through the "Devil's Kitchen," a beautiful box canyon. With typical Tunxis ups and downs. The end of season luncheon will follow the hike; at the Landing Zone Restaurant on Rt 4 at the Burlington/Harwinton Line. CWB map TU-3b. L: John Vibert (860-675-7007) (cell 860-874-3747) 


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