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
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), email@example.com
October 17, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE, Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 8:45AM, FCE,
Sleeping Giant SP, Hamden
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) email@example.com
|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|