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Thursday, April 21, 2022, 8:45 AM, Five Ponds (Part of White Memorial Foundation), Morris
3.5 to 4.0 mile loop hike, easy to moderate, that includes flat, rolling, climbing, boardwalks, narrow rock path, vistas - good variety for first hike of the season. Poles can be helpful. Footing may be wet.
Click here for more information.
CARPOOL IF POSSIBLE. From Litchfield Center, drive 2.7 miles on Rt. 63 South. The GPS coordinates for the intersection of Route 63 and 61 are 41.707715, -73.184574. As you approach the Rt. 61 fork to the right, you will pass grassy parking on your right. At the trailhead on the left there are about 8-9 parking spaces.
L: Anne Fitzgerald: 860-673-1216 (H); 860-839-1755 (cell morning of hike)
Thursday, Apr 28, 8:45 am, Sessions Woods, Burlington
Meet at the trailhead east of the Education Center at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, 341 Milford St, (Rte 69) Burlington, CT.
We will hike clockwise to the Nature Center Connector, following it to the Mainline Tunxis Trail and finally returning via the Beaver Pond Trail. Distance 4.3 miles.
L: Dick Trask 860 670 2353
Thursday May 5, 2022, 8:45 AM, Breezy Hill Canton Land Conservation Trust
3 to 4 mile Breezy Hill Loop hike. Moderate Hike -- some water expected. Poles and bug/tick spray recommended.
For GPS directions google: "Sun, Wind, and Woodland Trailhead Breezy Hill Road, Canton, CT"
Plenty of parking at trailhead. Manual directions to trailhead: 1.4 miles past park and ride on Route 44 west of Canton, turn right onto Indian Hill Road for 1.4 miles. Turn right on Breezy Hill Road and continue to trailhead on left after .45 miles. (Past Breezy Hill Farm and just past red house.)
L: Ronald Robinson: 860-670-5137 (Cell)
Thursday May 12, 2022, 8:45 AM, Talcott Mountain State Park
We will hike the loop trail which is moderately challenging and is 5.2 miles, with an altitude gain of 846 ft. We will visit Heublein Tower and Hartford Reservoir # 6.
Park at Penwood State Park parking lot. For GPS location of Parking, Google: Penwood State Park Parking 174 Hartford Rd. Simsbury,CT (Trail Head is across RT. 185 from Parking)
Hiking Poles and Bug/Tick Spray recommended.
L: Ronald Robinson 860-670-5137
Thursday, May 19, 8:45 am, Burr Pond, Torrington
Meet 8:45 AM for 9:00 AM start.
From Route 8 exit 46, go west at end of ramp onto Pinewoods Road. At first stop sign turn left onto Winsted Road, then go south for about 1 mile to the Burr Pond State Park sign and blinking yellow light. Turn [west] right on Burr Mountain Road and continue approximately one mile to Burr Pond State Park on left. Ample parking available.
We will hike the three mile loop around Burr Pond, including the peninsula which juts out into the pond. Moderate difficulty. Click here for more information.
L: Dick Trask 860 670 2353 [call or text]
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 8:45 AM, FCE, Punch Brook Loop, Burlington
Approximately a 4 mile hike on the blue/yellow and blue/purple trails. An up and down hike in the Burlington woods with a few wet spots.
Meet at the Stone Road parking lot (41.755306,-72.939944). You can also put 428 Stone Road in your navigation system. After Route 4 turns west in Burlington, travel Route 4 west. After 0.4 miles take the left onto Punch Brook Road at the blinker. After 1.3 miles take the left onto Case Road. After 0.3 miles take the right (at the stop sign) onto George Washington Turnpike. After 0.1 miles take the left onto Stone Road. Continue straight on Stone Road for 0.2 miles to the parking lot, in front of a green gate.
The trail map can be found here. Punch Brook Loop courtesy of the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department.
L: David Edwards: 860-413-2536(H); 860-989-3962 (cell, day of hike only)
Thursday, June 2, 2022. 8:45 am, FCE, Chauncey Peak Trail, Meriden
Meet at Giuffrida Park parking area for a 2.7 mile, 530 ft total ascent of the Chauncey Peak Loop trail with several view points on the ridge. For details of this and related trails, click here.
Directions to the parking area: From Rte 9 take I-91 South to Exit 20 (Country Club Road). At bottom of Exit Ramp turn left at Stop sign for about 200 yards and then turn right onto Country Club Road. Proceed on Country Club Road for 2.3 miles to yellow curve arrows and immediately turn right and parking lot is ahead. Note: The Chauncey Peak Blue-blazed Trail has been recently renovated with switchbacks and stairs in order to substantially ease the ascent.
L: Ed Shaskan (H) 860-561-0040 (C) 860-833-8009 Hike Day
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8:45 am, FCE, Norbrook Farm Brewery Trails. POSTPONED TO JUNE 16TH, and AGAIN TO JUNE 23RD and AGAIN to JUNE 30TH
Best description of this outing can be read in Connecticut Magazine February 2021 Issue article by Peter Marteka entitled "Brews and Views", pp 36-37.
Go past the Brewery parking lot (with clean Porta-potty) to the trails parking lot in the north woods. We will hike the Rte 66 trail past the high tower and follow a few wooded trails passing northwest of Phelps Pond and the marsh to Old Oak Climb and a northward view towards Massachusetts. We'll then take several interconnected trails back to the parking area. Total hiking distance about 4 miles.
Since this is the annual Spring Picnic, please bring a picnic lunch or expect to buy from the Norbrook Farm Food Truck. Also, the brew pub opens at 12 noon for those interested.
Directions to the parking area: Take Rte. 44 north from Winsted and follow GPS directions to 204 Stillman Hill Road, Colebrook, CT 06021.
L: Ed Shaskan (H) 860-561-0040 (C) 860-833-8009 Hike Day
|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 (W-west or E-east), FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader, LH=Local Hike, SC=Sierra Club, U=unofficial|