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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

Hiking Requirements: Wear boots or other appropriate footwear suitable for the terrain. Dress in layers appropriate for the weather and season (don’t wear cotton in wet, cold, or snowy weather). Bring snacks, lunch (unless otherwise noted), and water (extra in warm weather). If conditions warrant: snowshoes (typically 12 inches or more of snow) or traction devices (for icy trails).

Recommended: Backpack/fanny pack, rain jacket or windbreaker, cap or hat, extra socks, lip balm, insect repellent (warmer weather), sunscreen, and hiking poles. In winter: extra gloves and hat.

Dogs: Permission from leader required. Use leash when necessary and required by rules; ensure good behavior.

Questions: The club welcomes non-members on our events and encourages them to become members. Registering for events is not necessary, unless stated in the write up. Contact the leader directly with questions, especially if weather is uncertain. Do not depend on an email from the club to learn about a cancelation.


Membership Renewals are Due for 2019!
Renew your membership for 2019. Dues remain at a low $15 per member. The membership application is included with the newsletter.

Annual Meeting and Dinner is Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
Sign up today! The club’s annual meeting and dinner will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 5 p.m. at the Cheshire Grange. New Haven Hiking Club member Marge Nichols will present “Bicycling from D.C. to Pittsburgh on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Rail Trail.”
See details in the schedule.

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Fall 2019 Activities

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. These activities include Monday morning hikes, Wednesday hikes (November to March) or bicycle rides (April to October), and Thursday paddling trips (May to October), plus any weekend activities that are not listed in the quarterly schedule.

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


Sunday, October 6   9 am, 6-7 mi, cl B   Mattabesett Trail Durham Indian Buffet
At 9:00 am meet at the Cull-de-sac at the end of Old Blue Hills Road in Durham. Old Blue Hills Road leaves route 79 on its east side about 1.7 miles north of the Route 79 - Route 148 junction. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call before 8:30 am if weather threatens. Bring traction footwear, liquid, and snack. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you. A feast of Indian food at the Haveli Restaurant follows.
Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373 (land line).

Sunday, October 13   cl B/C, 4-5 mi.   Hammonasset Beach Walk, Madison
Meet at 10:45 am to walk at 11:00 am from the West Beach parking lot at Hammonasset State Park, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, off I-95 Exit 62, for a 4 to 5 mile walk from West Beach to the Meigs Point/bird watch platform area. Lunch afterward for those who are interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-95 to Exit 62 and follow to the park.
Marge Pelliccio (203) 272-3316/ cell (203) 606-4128

Sunday, Oct. 13   5 mi. cl B   Regicides, Sanford Feeder, and Quinnipiac Trails, Hamden, (B3B/C)
Meet at 12 p.m. to hike at 12:15 p.m. from the metal gate at 550 West Shepard Ave., at the junction with Rayzoe Terrace, Hamden. When you arrive, turn your car around and park only on the park side, facing down the hill. This will be a 5-mile moderate paced loop hike exploring the northern section of the Regicides Trail and a portion of the Quinnipiac Trail west of York Mountain with terrific views from the top of the ridge. Well-mannered dogs welcome.
Trail map
Park information on the leader-created park website
Directions: Rt. 15 to Exit 60 and head south on Rt. 10 to the first light. Right on Benham St. for 1 mile. Right on Paradise Ave. at the light, then quick right to stay on Paradise Ave. for 1.5 miles. Left on Hill St. at stop sign and go 1.4 miles to West Shepard Ave. Left on West Shepard and drive a quarter mile to the meeting location.
Tom Ebersold,

Monday, Oct. 14   Paddle, Tyler Lake and Dog Pond, Goshen
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to launch by 10:20 a.m. from the Tyler Lake boat launch, 10 Park Road, Goshen.
Peaceful paddle on a moderate-sized lake with the option for a paddle on a small pond located a short drive away. Tyler Lake will involve two loops totaling 4.8 miles, while Dog Pond will be two loops totaling 3.8 miles and may include the West Branch Bantam River if water levels are high enough. We will take a lunch break after the Tyler Lake loop, and then load our boats on the cars for the seven-minute drive to Dog Pond. Those who wish to paddle only Tyler Lake certainly have that option. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration. With the cooler fall temperatures, kayakers should not wear cotton, and should bring an extra set of clothes in a dry bag in case they get wet. Bring lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
Tyler Lake map
Dog Pond map
Route 8, Exit 44 to Route 4 West for 9.2 miles. Right on Tyler Heights Rd. for 0.1 miles, then continue straight on Park Rd. for another 0.1 miles. Right into the boat launch area.
Route 7 to Route 4 East for 8 miles. Left on Tyler Heights Rd. for 0.1 miles, then continue straight on Park Rd. for another 0.1 miles. Right into the boat launch area.
Tom Ebersold,

Friday & Saturday, October 18 and 19   STAR TREK CIII (103) Solar System and beyond
If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. SEE: Saturn with rings and moons, star clusters, exploded stars, galaxies. Please bring a working flashlight. The hike will explore a scale model of the Solar System. Leader has a 25-inch (mirror diameter) telescope. Dress 20 degrees warmer than temperature normally requires. Arrive between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Sunset is 6:04 pm. Meeting place: 30 Birch Mill Road, Killingworth. Directions: From the crossing of Routes 80 & 81, go north on Rt. 81 for 2.5 mi, L on Rt. 148 for 1 mi, R onto Birch Mill Road for .2 mi, L onto driveway after bridge. House is .2 mi farther. Travel time from New Haven is 55 minutes. If you come via Durham, go south on Rt. 79. Turn left onto Rt. 148. Go 5.5 miles. Birch Mill Road is on the left .5 mile after the 2nd pond.
James Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline)

Saturday, October 19   22 mi Bike   Tyler Mill Trek, East Haven
(SO, FL/RL, 11-13 mph avg.) 22 miles. Meet at 9:45 a.m. to depart at 10 a.m. from Thompson Plaza parking lot, 697 Foxon Rd. (Rt. 80), opposite Rite Aid pharmacy on right. This is a rolling ride starting in Foxon through the back roads of Foxon, North Haven and Wallingford, through Tyler Mill preserve and return by Route 17. Cue sheets available. Rain cancels.
From Branford/East, I-95 Exit 52: turn right on Rt. 100 (N. High St.) and go about three miles to the third traffic light, then left on Mill St. and cross Rt. 80 at the traffic light, then left into the parking lot.
From New Haven/West: I-95, Exit 51 (Frontage Rd.), take the fourth right (Forbes Place) at light, and make a sharp left onto Kimberly Ave. to traffic light, then left on Rt. 100 (N. High St.) and go three miles to the fifth traffic light, then go left on Mill St., cross Rt. 80 at traffic light (Thompson St.), then left into parking lot.
Sal DeFrancesco (203) 467-3590 before 9 p.m. Cell on ride (203) 214 9242

Sunday, October 20
4-5 miles cl B/C Walk   Old Wethersfield and Wethersfield Cove
Meet at 10:45 am to walk at 11:00 am from the Broad Street Green (on Constitution Way, across from Gar-den Street). Enjoy a brisk 4 to 5 mile walk exploring the beautiful historic district of Old Wethersfield, including the Cove area. Lunch to follow for those interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-91, Exit 26 (Old Wethersfield Exit) and follow the signs to Old Wethersfield. Take a sharp left on Broad St., across from the cemetery. Constitution Way is in the middle of the Green.
Marge Pelliccio, Home (203) 272-3316, Cell (203) 606-4128

Sunday October 27   9:00 am, 5.5 mi, class B   Sleeping Giant Trails
Meet 9:00 am in the Sleeping Giant State Park main lot on Mt. Carmel Avenue, Hamden. Violet trail to Left Hand, then Blue to Hezekiah’s Knob and a return via the Blue, Red Square, and Orange Trails. See the remains of an amazing amount of trees cut to clear the trails. Bring water, lunch, and rain gear. Call by 8 am if rain threatens. Please put cell phones on silent mode and no phone conversations while hiking for courtesy and safety.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline)


Friday, November 1   3-4 mi, cl C   Lake Saltonstall, Branford
Meet in 9:15 a.m. in the FISHERMEN’S parking lot at 100 Hosley Ave., Branford. The hiker’s parking lot is currently not available. Hosley Avenue runs between Rt. 1 (West Main Street) and Bushy Plain Road in Branford. Since this is Regional Water Authority property, no pets are permitted. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Trail map
Directions: I-95, Exit 54
. From I-95 North, turn left on Cedar St.
From I-95 South, turn right on Cedar Street. (becomes Brushy Plain Rd.) for 1.4 miles. Left on Hosley Ave. for 1.2 miles. The fishermen’s parking lot is on the right 1 mile PAST the hiker’s parking lot at the curve, which you are NOT using.
I-91, Exit 8, to Route 80 East for 3.8 miles. Right on Totoket Rd. (becomes Brushy Plain Rd.) for 1.6 miles. Right on Hosley Ave. for 1.2 miles. The fishermen’s parking lot is on the right 1 mile PAST the hiker’s parking lot at the curve, which you are NOT using.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Saturday, Nov. 2   Annual Dinner Meeting, Cheshire Grange Hall, 44 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410
Register for the dinner on the form included with this newsletter. The cost is $18 per member. RSVP no later than Saturday, October 26, 2019. The grange needs a head count by that date, so its members know how much food to buy and prepare.
Be sure to renew your club membership at the same time.

The social hour starting at 5 p.m. will feature cider and snacks.
The Grange’s fabled roast beef dinner starts at 6 p.m. Sides include glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and rolls. Top your roast beef and potatoes with hearty brown gravy.

The club’s annual meeting, including election of club officers will take place at 7:00 p.m.
Most club officers have agreed to run for another term. The exception is Vicki Smith, who is stepping down as Recorder after 10 years of service. Thanks to Vicki for tallying all those sign-in sheets over the years. There is also an opening for Publicity, which is currently vacant.
Thinking ahead to 2020 and NEXT year’s election, current president Tom Ebersold does not plan to run again for that office, but is willing to serve on the board in another capacity and with that change, current vice president Jeff Heath does not plan to run again in 2020. Those who are thinking about serving the club in some capacity can keep these future openings in mind.

The presentation will start at the conclusion of the business meeting, around 7:30 p.m.
New Haven Hiking Club member Marge Nichols will present “Bicycling from D.C. to Pittsburgh on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Rail Trail.” Marge and a friend bicycled on one continuous bike trail from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh via the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (which dates from the 1780's) and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Rail Trail. They drove to Pittsburgh, put their bicycles (and themselves) on the Amtrak train to Washington, D.C., and then biked back to Pittsburgh. They rode all shady, dirt roads with no motor vehicles. On the way, they passed 75 locks and lock-keeper homes. They rode through tunnels, across aqueducts and railroad trestles, through history in places like Harpers Ferry, and along beautiful rivers (including the Potomac and Monongahela).
Marge got interested in bicycling through American Youth Hostels (now Hosteling International) in the 1980s. She has bicycled the Erie Canal trail and also across Cambodia. Making the most of light budgets, she has had adventures in Asia, Europe, South America, Central America and North America.

Directions to the Grange:
I-691, Exit 3 to Rt. 10 South for 4.1 miles. Left on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
Rt. 15 North, Exit 61 to Rt. 10 North for 8.1 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
I-91 North, Exit 10 (Rt. 40) to Rt. 10 North for 6.8 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 mi.

Sunday, November 3   early 7.3 mi cl B++   Hudson Autumnal Views at Breakneck Ridge and Mt. Taurus, Cold Spring, N.Y.
This is the East Hudson River Highlands just north of Cold Spring, NY. Fantastic colorful views - the ridge and Taurus view each other dramatically. Very steep exposed trail at the beginning - even though I will take the less exposed options. No technical climbing. 1,300 feet of tough ascent, and 1,000 feet more of moderate ascent. Sturdy boots are required, Sneakers will not be allowed. Each hiker MUST call leader to come, and to get meeting time and place. Call by 9 pm Friday or earlier. I will be incommunicado after 6 a.m. on Saturday, so call before this if weather is iffy. Car pool possible. Rain cancels, but bring rain gear anyway. No pets please.
James Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline), and Tom Dooley of Breakneck Ridge.

Saturday, Nov 9   3+ mi cl C   Bittner Park Hike, Guilford
A 3 + mile hike along the West river and inner Bittner park trails.
Meet 10:00 AM Bittner park in Guilford at the kiosk and skate park.
Directions: At the Rt 80 and Rt 77 junction traffic light, head south on Rt 77 for ~ 1.4 miles. Look for park entrance sign on the right, follow gravel road on your right to the end at the kiosk and skate park where we will meet.
Sal DeFrancesco phone 203 467 3590, Cell on hike 203 214 9242 No calls after 9PM. Rain, snow, ice CANCELS

Sunday, Nov. 10   5+ mi cl B   East Shore Park walk, New Haven.
5+ miles walk through the park and along the water of New Haven Harbor to the Seawall and beyond. If people want to continue we can hike to Lighthouse Park to see where the Shoreline Greenway trail will terminate in years to come.
Meet 10 AM at the parking lot at the corner of Woodward Ave and Tu le Street.
Directions: Take Rt 95 to exit 50 (New Haven Airport exit). Head south on Woodward Ave. The parking area is on the right by the ice skating rink. Just beyond the Y.M.A. club.
Vinnie Kierman, 203.562.6012 or cell phone the day of the walk is 203.980.4001. Email:

Sunday, November 17   9:00 am, 5 mi, class B   Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden
Meet in the Sleeping Giant State Park main lot 200 Mt. Carmel Ave, Hamden. Take the Yellow trail, the Red Hexagon and Red Diamond trails to the U trail. Next take the Red Triangle, do a short diversion to climb the Tower, and continue on the Red Triangle to the Yellow trail and then the main parking lot. Next do a short loop up the White trail and back to the main parking lot via the Tower trail. See the remains of an amazing amount of trees cut to clear the trails. Bring water, lunch, and rain gear. Call by 8 am if rain threatens. Please put cell phones on silent mode and no phone conversations while hiking for courtesy and safety.
James Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline)

Sunday, November 17   4-5 mi cl C   Southington and Farmington Canal Walk.
Meet at 10:45 am to walk at 11:00 am from the Center St. public parking lot in the center of Southington. This will be a 4 to 5 mile walk around Southington. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:30 am. No pets. Lunch to follow at a local restaurant for those interested.
Directions: Heading north on Rt.10 from Cheshire, take a left just past the green onto Center St. The public parking lot is on the left just past the first row of businesses. Turn into the Center Cr. Lot. The GPS location is 72 Center St.
Marge Pelliccio Home (203) 272-3316, Cell (203) 768-3635.

Saturday, Nov. 30   3 mi cl C   Hike, West Rock Ridge State Park, New Haven
Meet at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 a.m. departure from the parking lot behind the building with the brick smokestack, 495 Blake St., New Haven, at the corner of Valley Street, for this 3-mile moderate paced loop hike. This hike will explore the grace and beauty of the original West Rock Park, hiking on trails established in the early 1890s. Our destination is Wintergreen Falls with its beautiful cascades. This hike involves only modest changes in elevation as we are staying off the ridge. We are likely to have views of the rock climbers scaling the cliffs. Those looking for additional mileage on their own can easily walk up to Judges Cave or the South Overlook on the well-marked trails blazed by the leader. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Heavy rain cancels. The leader is willing to hike in a light rain.
Park map     Park information is available on the   leader-created website
Directions: From the Wilbur Cross Pkwy. (Rt. 15), Exit 59, head south on Rt. 69 to the merge with Rt. 63 South and continue to Blake Street. Turn left on Blake Street, then left again at the first traffic light onto Valley Street, then right into the parking lot. Park by the bridge over the West River.
Tom Ebersold,


Sunday, December 1   4-6 mi B   Peter’s (Rabbit) Rock Park, North Haven
A wild part of North Haven with 3 rocky summits and views. Lots of loops possible. Bring liquid and lunch, and a traction device if conditions are icy. Call for meeting time and place, and if weather threatens.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline)

Friday, December 6   9:30 a.m., 3-4 mi, cl C   Lake Chamberlain, Woodbridge
Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Lake Chamberlain parking lot, 97 Sperry Road, Woodbridge, for this hike over easy terrain by a scenic reservoir. DO NOT follow GPS directions from Rt. 63 using Dillon Rd, as this leads to a locked gate blocking Sperry Rd. Use Morris Road off Rt. 69 (Litchfield Tpke.). Since this is Regional Water Authority property, no pets are permitted. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Trail map
Rt. 15 to Exit 59, then north on Rt. 69 for 4 miles. Left onto Morris Rd. at the Woodbridge-Bethany border (by the sign for Whitlock Farm Book Barn) to the end, then left onto Sperry Rd. The parking lot is on the right, just past the “Road Closed Ahead” sign. You CANNOT access Sperry Road via Rt. 63 (due to a locked gate on Sperry Road near Dillon Road), so take Rt. 69.
From I-84, take Exit 23 to Rt. 69 South for 11.7 miles. Right onto Morris Rd. and follow above directions.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Saturday, December 14   5-6 miles, class B   Shepaug River Meanders, Washington
Hike a trail system with loop options. Easy pace. Great view of entrenched meanders of the Shepaug River, plus historic sites and an abandoned railroad tunnel. Bring traction footwear, rain gear, 2 liters of water and a trail lunch. Steady rain, snow, or ice cancels. Call for meeting time and place. Please always set phones on silent to enjoy the forest.
James Fullmer, 860-663-3373 (landline)

Sunday, December 22   3+ mi cl C   Supply Pond Hike, Branford.
A 3+ mile hike around Supply Pond with a visit to the dam and fish ladder before heading to the back woods trails. Joint with SCCC. Optional lunch at the Townhouse after the hike.
Meet 9:45 AM at trailhead for a 10:00 AM start.
Directions: From I-95 exit 54 (Cedar St.) head south to Rt 1 (Main St.), left on Rt 1 continue 0.8 miles to Chestnut St., take left, (Tommy Sulivan's on right), pass pond over bridge to parking lot at trailhead.
Snow or rain or icy conditions CANCELS
Sal DeFrancesco, phone 203 467 3590 before 9 pm.   Cell on hike date 203 214 9242.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020   5-7 mi, cl B   New Years Day on the Giant
Meet 10:00 am at the Sleeping Giant State Park main parking lot near the entrance station, 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Bring traction foot wear, hiking pole, rain gear, 2 liters water, and lunch. Some rocky ups and down. Rain, ice, or snow cancels.
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180

Wednesday, January 1, 2020   5 mi, cL B   Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
Meet at 10:30 at Wadsworth Mansion parking lot, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown (off Rt. 157). Hike to Wadsworth Falls State Park, with a break for lunch at the big falls. Return to attend the Open House at the mansion from 1:00-4:00. The Open House features mansion tours, light refreshments, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Bring lunch, water, sturdy boots, hiking poles. Distance may vary depending on trail conditions. No pets. If severe weather, call the leader to check.
State Park map
Mansion information
Rt. 15 or I-91 to Rt. 66 East for 5.2 miles. Right on Rt. 157 (West St.) and bear left to stay on West St. (where Rt. 157 goes right) for 0.7 miles. Right on Wadsworth St. for 0.3 miles. Left into the mansion driveway. Rt. 9 to Rt. 66 West for 1.3 miles. Left on Rt. 157 (West St.) and bear left to stay on West St. (where Rt. 157 goes right) for 0.7 miles. Right on Wadsworth St. for 0.3 miles. Left into the mansion driveway.
Janet Blaha, 203-453-4277