New Haven Hiking Club - header
logo
STANDARD INFORMATION FOR ALL EVENTS
CLASS OF HIKE:  C = 1-5 miles  B = 5-9 miles  A = 9-13 miles   AA = 13+ miles

Bring bug repellent for hikes after mid-April. Bring water and rain gear. Bring lunch unless otherwise noted. Dogs not allowed unless leader states otherwise. If in doubt about any equipment, clothing or footwear necessary, or if weather is questionable, please check with leader.

The New Haven Hiking Club members, club officers, and activity leaders, assume no responsibility for persons hurt or lost, or for other related mishaps. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult or must have special permission from the leader. Leaders have the right to cancel or change a hike or activity or to refuse attendance to anyone for any valid and apparent reason



This is not a full list of club activities, only those open to the public. Members receive a full schedule with additional activities by e-mail.

If you are a leader, or would like to become a leader, you can find everything you need here to submit an event and get a signup sheet:   Resources



Announcements


Annual Dues are $15.00   If interested in becoming a new member, download our New Member Application, and send it along with your check to:

New Haven Hiking Club
61 Eramo Terrace
Hamden, CT 06518

Make checks payable to: The New Haven Hiking Club.


It is time to renew your membership!   The 2016-2017 Annual Dues, $15 per person, covers November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.
Mail your check with Renewal Form to:

NHHC
61 Eramo Terrace
Hamden, CT 06518

Please include a note with your Name(s) and Address.





New Haven Hiking Club is on Facebook:-(
NHHC Facebook




Spring 2017 Activities


April

Saturday, April 8   4-5 mi cl C   Farmington Canal Walk on the new section in Cheshire
Meet 10:00 AM at the Jarvis St. parking lot. Jarvis St is off Rt. 10 just north of the CT Correctional Center at the first light. The parking lot is about a mile on the right side just before where the trail crosses. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:00 am. No pets. Joint with SCCC. Marge Pelliccio (Home 203-272-3316) (Cell 203-768-3635).

Sunday, April 9   6-8 miles, class B   Harriman State Park, NY
The classic NHHC Palm Sunday hike which ends with an optional hikers service at St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, followed by a delicious buffet (free or donation). Call for meeting time and place. Please keep phones turned off and enjoy the woods.
James Fullmer 860 663 3373

Saturday, April 22   class A or B   New extension of South Taconic Trail, NY
10.0 miles with 2,200 ft ascent or 7.3 miles with 1,600 ft ascent, depending on interest. The shorter version includes the entire new section. The longer adds a round trip to Brace Mountain. See cascades, waterfalls and many beautiful views. Moderate 2mph pace plus lunch stop. Hike requires a short car spot unless an abbreviated 7.0 mile out and back hike is done (This does not cover the entire new trail section nor Brace Mountain). Call for meeting time and place. Please keep phones turned off and enjoy the woods. This allows others to enjoy as well. NYNJ South Taconic Trail map.
James Fullmer 860 663 3373

Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29   STAR TREK
Come at 7:45 to 8:30 pm to see the beautiful crescent Moon very much up close. A marvelous sight. If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. From 8:30 to 10"30 pm see Jupiter and its moons, colorful and exploded stars, stellar nurseries, star clusters, and galaxies. Please bring a working flashlight and binoculars if you have them. The hike will explore a scale model of the Solar System. Leader has a 25-inch (mirror diameter) telescope. IMPORTANT: Dress 20 degrees warmer than temperature normally requires, especially regarding HEAD, hands, and FEET. Then, you will be amazed at how good you feel! Directions: From the crossing of Routes 80 & 81, go north on 81 for 1.6 mi, L on Lover's Lane for .7 mi, L on Rt. 148 for .3 mi, R onto Birch Mill for .2 mi, L onto driveway after bridge. House is .2mi farther on the R, before descending to the pond. If you come via Durham, Birch Mill Road is on the left 5.5 miles along Rt. 148 from its junction with Rt. 79. This is about .5 mi farther than a pond dam with sharp road curves.
Captain James Fullmer 860 663 3373.

Sunday, April 30   7.6 mi, cl B+   Bull’s Bridge to Rt. 341 (AT dugout)
Meet at 9:30 a.m. in parking area after Bull’s Bridge on Macedonia Brook Rd (about .5 mi beyond park entrance). Will leave from there to spot cars at Rt 341. Moderate pace. Moderate with somewhat strenuous (~1,000 ft) elevation gain and loss. Bring snack, lunch + 2L water; rain gear, sturdy boots and hiking poles recommended. Dogs on leash OK. Rain cancels. Directions: Rt 7/67 to Bull’s Bridge in Kent. Parking lot on the east side of Bull’s Bridge:
Map
Jim Earle, 203-815-7213.


May

Saturday, May 6   Rain day Sunday May 7   4 mi C MAINTENANCE ON FRISSEL TRAIL
Come help maintain the highest trail in CT - only 2 miles long. It's beautiful, with great views. Visit the state’s highest point. Bring water, trail food, gloves, and loppers if you have them. Some tools can be provided. Work at your own pace for as long as you want. Call for time and meeting place. Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373.

Thursday, May 11   Class C, 3 miles   Hike, Julius M. Hansen Park, North Haven
Meet at 5:00 p.m. to hike at 5:15 p.m. from Julius M. Hansen Park, 50 Patten Rd., North Haven, for this moderately-fast paced 3-mile double-loop with some steep climbs. Views from the top of the ridge include Sleeping Giant, West Rock, and New Haven Harbor. Rain cancels. No dogs. Possible pizza afterwards.
Trail map
Directions: I-91 North, Exit 11, or Route 15 North or South, Exit 63 to Route 22 East for 1.2 to 1.5 miles. Right on Mill Rd. for 0.7 miles. Left on Patten Rd. for 0.7 miles. Left into the park. I-91 South, Exit 12. Left on Route 5 South for 0.2 miles. Left on Blakeslee Ave. for 0.8 miles. Right on Bassett Rd. (becomes Mill Rd.) for 1 mile. Left on Patten Rd. for 0.7 miles. Left into the park.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Friday, May 12   3-4 mi, class C, Lake Saltonstall in Branford
Meet 9:15 a.m. in the hikers’ parking lot at 400 Hosley Ave in Branford, CT 06405. Hosley Avenue runs between Rte 1 (West Main Street) and Bushy Plain Road in Branford. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain cancels.
Map
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Saturday, May 20   Paddle, Lake Zoar to the Stevenson Dam, Oxford
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the boat launch at Jackson Cove Park, 1 Jackson Cove Rd., Oxford, for an expected launch time by 10:20 a.m. Paddle a circuit of 8 miles or four hours at a moderate pace, south toward the Stevenson Dam, and then a loop north to Kettletown State Park, including a water’s eye view of Prydden Falls in the Paugussett State Forest. The Kettletown loop can be skipped, shortening the trip to 6 miles. Since powerboat traffic is minimal to moderate at this time of year, we can truly enjoy the lake’s beauty. The water temperatures are about 50 degrees, so participants must wear synthetic fibers or wool that will keep them warm, if they get wet, and also have a second set of synthetic or wool clothing in a dry bag in their boat. Per state law, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Be sure to bring a lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required, as the leader can make last minute contact to people if there are any changes, especially those related to weather.
Lake map
Trip overview
Directions: From the south, Rt. 8, Exit 15 to Rt. 34 West for 7 miles. At the Stevenson Dam, continue straight on Coppermine Rd. for 1.2 miles. Left on Bowers Hill Rd. for 0.9 miles. Left on Goodhill Rd. for 2 miles. Left on Jackson Cove Rd. for 0.6 miles, continuing past the gate into Jackson Cove Park. I-84, Exit 15 to Rt. 67 South. Turn IMMEDIATELY onto Kettletown Rd. (becomes Maple Tree Hill Rd., then Jackson Cove Rd.) for 5 miles to the launch.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, May 28   Paddle, Twin Lakes, Salisbury
Meet at 10:00 a.m. for an estimated launch time of 10:20 a.m. from the boat launch at 300 Twin Lakes Road, Salisbury. This moderate-paced paddle of the two lakes will be about 10 miles (actual distance will depend on water levels). Shorter options are available for paddlers who chose to skip exploring certain parts of the lakes. Paddlers must provide their own kayak/canoe and other equipment, and should bring lunch, water and snacks. Per state law, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Since water temperatures are still cool, participants must wear synthetic fibers or wool that will keep them warm, if they get wet, and also have a second set of synthetic or wool clothing in a dry bag in their boat. Rain cancels.
East Twin Lake map
West Twin Lake map
Directions: Route 8 to Route 44 West for 20 miles. Right on Twin Lakes Rd. for 2.5 miles. The launch is on the left down a long driveway known as State Boat Launch Access Road. From Route 7 in Salisbury, take Route 44 West for 3 miles, then right on Twin Lakes Rd. for 2.5 miles. The launch is on the left.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net


June

Friday, June 2     3-4 miles, class C   Pine Hill Trails, Seymour
Meet 9:30 am at the parking lot on Rte 313 in Seymour. For GPS use: 59 Rimmon Rd, Seymour, CT 06483. This is about 1.6 miles from Rte 114 (Racebrook Road) in Woodbridge or 3.7 miles from Fountain Street (Rte 243) in New Haven. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain cancels.
Map
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352.

Saturday, June 3   5.5 miles, Class B   National Trails Day Hike, Northern West Rock Ridge State Park - Hike Quinnipiac and Regicides Trails, Hamden-Bethany
Park at end of Paradise Ave. extension at 9:45 for 10:00 a.m. start. We will ascend York Mountain at 680' from the east with southward views and continue on the Quinnipiac Trail with westward views. The Quinnipiac Trail is the oldest Blue-blazed Trail, adopted by the CPFA Trails Committee in 1929. We will descend and proceed to the Sanford Feeder trail. From the Sanford Feeder, we will follow Baldwin Drive (closed to cars) south. The road crosses the Regicides Trail, which we will follow north with views to the west and then east. We will do a steep ascent of York Mountain, this time from the south, and return to Paradise Ave. About 5.5 miles with 800 feet cumulative elevation gain. Leashed dogs okay. Heavy rain cancels.
Directions: In Hamden, take Shepard Ave. to West Shepard Ave., right onto Laura Rd., and then right onto Paradise Ave. extension.
West Rock map
West Rock information
Dennis Jakiela, 203-710-1406, djakiela56@outlook.com

Saturday, June 3   30 mile bike, 11-13 mph (So, Fl/Rl, Cue, Rg,) Elevation Gain: 894 ft.   Madison Inland & Shore Back Roads
Meet 10 am in Madison at I-95 Exit 61 (Rt. 79/Durham Rd.) CPL (Joint with SCCC). This ride is over mostly flat terrain in Madison with brief sorties into Killingworth, Clinton and Guilford. Meigs Point in Hammonasset State Park is a great stop for snack/lunch. From Meigs Point the ride tours along Madison’s shoreline with its outstanding views of Long Island Sound and visits the Madison Surf Club on the way back to the starting point.
Michael Pelliccio (203) 272-3316/Cell (203) 606-4128

Sunday, June 4   Class B, National Trails Day Hike, Roaring Brook, Quinnipiac and Farmington Canal Trails, Hamden-Cheshire
Meet at the parking lot for Lock 12 Park & Museum 487 N. Brooksvale Rd. (Rt.42), Cheshire at 9:45 for 10:00 start for this 7-mile hike with a net elevation gain of 700 feet. We will do a short carpool from Lock 12 Park and Museum to Roaring Brook Park to begin. We will ascend the Roaring Brook gorge and experience the falls, then continue onto the intersection with Quinnipiac Trail, explore the upper falls and then hike south along the Q. Trail and ascend Mt. Sanford (890 feet). We will descend Mt. Sanford near Camp Laurel, and hike east through Naugatuck State Forest to Brooksvale Park, Hamden. From Brooksvale Park, we will return to our starting point northward along the Farmington Canal Trail. Leased dogs okay. Heavy rain cancels.
Farmington Canal Trail maps
Naugatuck State Forest map
Falls website ()no maps)
Dennis Jakiela, 203-710-1406, djakiela56@outlook.com

Sunday, June 4   28 mi. bike, Dutchess County Rail-Trail
Meet 9:45 am at trailhead on Rt. 376 to ride at 10.
11 mph average pace, flat ride on paved rail-trail. Suitable for a road bike. Ride includes riding over the “Walkway Over the Hudson”. FI/RC. Bring or buy lunch.
Directions: I-84 west to Exit 16N. Taconic Parkway north to first exit. Left on Route 52 for 1 mile, then north on Route 376. Right on Route 82, then immediate left on Route 376. When 376 makes a sharp left turn, continue straight into trailhead parking lot.
Mike Ceruzzi (203) 261-5369 or mceruzzi@frontier.com

Sunday, June 11   Paddle, Lake Lillinonah to the Shepaug River, Newtown
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Pond Brook Boat Launch, 160 Hanover Rd, Newtown with an expected launch by 9:50 a.m. Moderate paced 4- to 5-hour, 10-mile paddle in the quieter end of Lake Lillinonah with an excursion up the Shepaug River to Roxbury Falls and return the same way. We will stop for lunch at Roxbury Falls, which is not an actual waterfall, but a series of cascades in the Shepaug River. The cascades are an excellent place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Appropriately enough, Shepaug is an Indian name that means rocky water, which accurately describes the river BEYOND the point where we stop for lunch. Paddlers must provide their own equipment. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Rain cancels.
Trip overview
Housatonic River paddle guide
Lake Lillinonah history
Friends of the Lake website
Directions: I-84 Exit 10 to Route 6 West for 0.6 miles. Right onto The Boulevard (becomes Hanover Rd.) and travel for 3.4 miles. The launch is on the right. You can unload your car in the area directly facing the launch, but do not leave your car there because vehicles with trailers need the space to maneuver their trailers.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, June 17   Paddle, Beseck Lake and Black Pond, Middlefield
Meet at 9:00 a.m. for an estimated launch time of 9:20 a.m. from the Beseck Lake boat launch, 212 Baileyville Road, Middlefield. This is an excellent trip for beginners as there are many options. We will do two loops of Beseck Lake totaling 4 miles and paddlers have the option of opting out after the first loop. Then we load up the boats and travel just a few minutes to Black Pond for another 2-mile loop. Both lakes offer dramatic views of Mount Higby and Beseck Mountain.
Beseck Lake map
Black Pond map
Directions: I-91, Exit 18 to Rt. 66 East for 1.7 miles. Right on Rt. 147 for 1.3 miles. The launch is on the right, just past Way St. Rt. 9, Exit 15 to Rt. 66 West for 5 miles. Left on Rt. 147 for 1.3 miles.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, June 24   Housatonic River Paddle, Milford to Shelton
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Caswell Cove boat ramp, 50 Caswell St., Milford with an expected launch no later than 10:20 a.m. (to take maximum advantage of the 12:30 p.m. high tide) with an ESTIMATED return time of 3:00 p.m. This moderate-paced paddle explores a less traveled section of the Housatonic River between Milford and Shelton that has little boat traffic and plenty of forested, shady shores on the eastern side. Views include the Sikorsky Bridge, the Sikorsky factory, a golf course, and plenty of aquatic birds. Ride the tide 2 hours up to Shelton, and return with the tide and current, which do some of the work for you. There is the potential for some choppy water on the return as the outgoing tide meets the off-shore breeze. Paddlers must provide their own kayak/canoe and other equipment, and should bring lunch, water and snacks. For your own safety, life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels.
Trip overview
Directions: Use 50 Caswell St., Milford, as an approximate address for GPS directions. Take I-95 North or South to Exit 35. >From I-95 South, turn right on Sub Way/Bic Drive. From I-95 North, turn left on Sub Way/Bic Drive. Go straight through two traffic lights (West Ave. and Naugatuck Ave.). After the railroad tracks, go straight for about 200 feet onto Caswell St. Bear left down the access road (with the sewage treatment plant on the right). DO NOT PARK in the striped spaces that say Caswell Cove. Those are private spots belonging to this private marina. If you turn into Caswell Cove Condominiums, you are in the wrong place. If you are taking Rt. 15, get off at Exit 54 to I-95 South. Get off at Exit 35, turn right on Sub Way/Bic Drive and follow the above directions.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, June 25   7.8 mi, cl B   Ten Mile River up and back hike
Meet at 9:30 a.m. in parking area after Bull’s Bridge on Macedonia Brook Rd (about .5 mi beyond park entrance). Moderate pace. Relatively easy trail with views of the Housatonic and Ten Mile River. Bring snack, lunch + 2L water; rain gear, sturdy boots and hiking poles recommended. Dogs on leash OK. Rain cancels. Directions: Rt 7/67 to Bull’s Bridge in Kent. Parking lot on the east side of Bull’s Bridge.
Map
Jim Earle, 203-815-7213.

Friday, June 30   3-4 miles, class C   hike at Sugarloaf, Guilford
Meet 9:20 am at the parking lot at 1155 West St, Guilford, CT 06437. West Street is off of County Road. County Road runs between Rte 80 and Rte 77, north of Rte 80. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain cancels.
Map
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352.