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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.

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Winter 2018 Activities




January

Monday, January 1   5 mi (+/- depending on conditions), cL B   Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown, followed by Open House at the Wadsworth Mansion.
****CANCELED*****

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

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Friday, January 5   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.). No pets are allowed on this Regional Water Authority property. Heavy rain or snow cancels. Trail map
Directions: 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, January 13   6-7 mi, cl B   New England National Scenic Trail + Lone Pine Trail, Guilford
Meet at the Braemore Preserve parking lot, Rt. 77 (Durham Rd.) in northern Guilford opposite a red barn at address number 5000, 5.2 mi. north of Rt. 80, across from Bluff Head Farm. Call for meeting time. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call by 8:30 a.m. if weather threatens. Bring traction footwear, liquid, and lunch. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you.
Directions: I-95 North to Exit 57 and head north on Rt. 1 for 1.2 miles, then left on Rt. 77 north for 10 mi. From I-95 South, take Exit 58 to Rt. 77 North for 9.6 miles. The parking area is on right. From Central Conn., take Rt. 9 South to Exit 13 to Rt. 17 South. In Durham, bear left onto Rt. 77 South for 3.2 miles. The parking area is on the left.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, Jan. 21   7.0 mi, cl B+   Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted
Meet at 8:00 a.m. to carpool from I-91, Exit 15 CPL, in Wallingford, (carpool fee at driver’s option) or at 9:45 a.m. from the parking lot in the forest near the nature center, 106 East River Rd. (Rt. 318), Barkhamsted. If this parking area is full, use the parking lot by the ranger station. The group will hike the Charles Pack, Jessie Girard and Robert Ross Trails. Rock boulders. Beautiful views from the lunch spot at Chagnum Lookout, a hang glider’s paradise. Bring lunch + 2L water, poles optional. Dogs on 6-foot leash okay, moderate pace. Rain cancels. Map
Directions: Rt. 8 to the end of the highway and head east on Rt. 44 for 4 miles. Left on Rt. 318 for 1.1 miles. Left into the parking area.
Jim Earle, 203-815-7213


February

Saturday, February 3   5-8 mi. cl B   Mt. Frissel, SNOWSHOE / HIKE
We will start high up. Moderate trail climbs and woods roads. Trail distance depends on trail and weather conditions. Snowshoes with crampons, or, if little snow, strong traction devices are required. Cold wet weather boots or strong waterproof hiking boots with foot warmers are required. Bring 2 liters of water and lunch. Must call leader to come, and get meeting times and places. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temps. Steady rain cancels. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, Feb. 11   4 mi., cl C   Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
Meet at 9 a.m. at the beach area parking lot near the bathrooms, 244 West Main St., East Lyme, off I-95, Exit 72. Bring lunch, liquid, and appropriate gear. Bad weather cancels. No dogs. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club. Map
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 (home) or 860-301-2926 (cell)

Friday, February 16   9:30 a.m.,   2-3 mi, class C, Lake Bethany, Bethany
Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Lake Bethany parking lot, 200 Hatfield Hill Rd., Bethany, off Rt. 69 (Litchfield Turnpike), for this hike over easy terrain by a scenic reservoir. No pets are allowed on this Regional Water Authority property. Heavy snow or rain cancels. Trail map
Directions: Rt. 15, Exit 59, then north on Rt. 69 for 5.4 miles. Right on Hatfield Hill Rd. for 0.5 miles. The parking lot is on the right, just past the powerlines. From I-84, take Exit 23 to Rt. 69 South for 10 miles. Left on Hatfield Hill Rd. for 0.5 miles. The parking lot is on the right, just past the powerlines.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Sunday, Feb. 18   8.5 miles, cl B+
West Hartford Reservoir #6 and Heublein Tower, West Hartford
Carpool at 8:00 a.m. from the commuter parking lot at the second light off I-91, Exit 15 (driver’s option for carpool fees), or meet at 9:45 a.m. in the front parking lot of West Hartford Reservoir #6, 3026 Albany Ave. (Rt. 44), West Hartford for this moderate-paced loop including the reservoirs and Heublein Tower (which is closed for the season), using the Metacomet Trail and the Blue-Red Trail. Trails are easy and flat circuit along the reservoir, with a steady climb to Talcott Mountain and the tower. Lunch at the picnic tables with views. Dogs on 6-foot leash welcome. Rain cancels. Bring lunch and snack, 2 liters of water, traction devices if needed, and wear sturdy boots.
Talcott Mountain State Park map
West Hartford Reservoirs map
Map and GPX track
Directions: I-84 to Exit 43 (Park Road). Right off ramp and get into the left lane to make an immediate left turn onto Trout Brook Drive. Drive 2.3 miles north on Trout Brook Drive, then left on Albany Ave. (Rt. 44 West) for 2.3 miles. Turn right into the MDC Reservoir #6 entrance. Park on the left side. Your GPS may not bring you to the exact address for the reservoir area entrance, but will get you close enough for you to figure it out.
Jim Earle, 203-815-7213

Saturday, February 24   6-7 mi, cl B   Miller’s Pond State Park to Coginchaug Cave, Durham, + Indian Buffet
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the cul-de-sac at the end of Old Blue Hills Road in Durham. Old Blue Hills Road leaves Rt. 79 is about 1.7 miles north of the Rt. 79 – Rt. 148 junction. This is a hilly walk with views and rock overhang caves. 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. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call before 8:30 am if weather threatens. A feast of Indian food at the Haveli Restaurant follows.
Map
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373


March

Thursday March 1   3 miles, cl C   Full Moon Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. Meeting time will be 5:00 p.m. Must call leader to come and get meeting place; it will likely be near Killingworth. Bring a friend. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temperatures. Rain cancels. Call before 4pm if weather is iffy. There will be no one to call after 4 p.m. During the walk please turn off phones or other devices so you can enjoy the full moonlit forest-and-pond beauty. Moonrise 5:26 pm. Sunset 5:41 pm.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, March 4   8 + mi, cl B+   Cockaponset State Forest, Haddam
Meet at 9 a.m. at Rt. 9, Exit 8 CPL, Beaver Meadow Rd., Haddam. Bring lunch, liquid, and appropriate winter gear. Bad weather cancels. No dogs. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club.
Maps:
Cockaponset North map
Cockaponset Central map
Cockaponset South map
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 (home) or 860-301-2926 (cell)

Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24   STAR TREK CI
Please, call about driveway condition if snow lingers. Otherwise, come at 7 p.m. to see the beautiful first quarter Moon very much up close which optimal appearance of mountain shadows cast on lava plains. A marvelous sight. If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. SEE: 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 .2 mi 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 0.5 mi farther than a pond dam with sharp road curves.
Captain James Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, March 25   6 miles, cl B   Harriman State Park, N.Y.
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

Friday, March 30   3-4 mi, class C   Genesee, Madison
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance, 1825 Durham Rd. (Rt. 79), Madison. The hike passes over rolling woods roads and trails from the former “Little Genesee Settlement.” No pets are allowed on this Regional Water Authority property. Heavy snow or rain cancels. Map
Directions: I-95 Exit 61 to Rt. 79 North for 8.2 miles. The preserve is on the left and is VERY easy to miss. If you get to County Road, you went about a mile too far. Some maps show Goat Hill Road, a dirt road that is actually the entrance to the preserve.
I-91 South to Exit 18 to I-691/Rt. 66 East for 3.3 miles. Right on Rt. 147 South for 6.4 miles. Right on Rt. 17 South for 1.4 miles. Left on Rt. 79 South for 5.4 miles. The preserve is on the right. If you reach Rt. 80, you went 2.6 miles too far. Some maps show Goat Hill Road, a dirt road that is actually the entrance to the preserve.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Friday March 30   3 miles, cl C   Good Friday Full Moon Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. Meeting time will be 5:00 pm. Must call leader to come and get meeting place; it likely will be near Killingworth. Bring a friend. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temperatures. Rain cancels. Call before 4:30 p.m. if weather is iffy; there will be no one to call later. During the walk please turn off phones or other devices so you can enjoy the full moonlit forest and pond beauty. Moonrise is 5:25 p.m. Sunset is 6:13 p.m.
James Fullmer, 860-663-3373