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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.


Host Needed for Spring Potluck Dinner
The club needs a host for the Spring potluck dinner, which would take place June 8 or 15, 2019. The host provides the location, the club supplies paper goods, and people bring food and beverages to share. Typical attendance is 10 to 20 people. If interested, email the club at

Storm-Related Trail Closures

Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford re-opened after a year of closure due to storm damage on May 25..

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden has re-opened on Friday, June 14.

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Spring 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


Friday, Saturday, March 29 and 30   STAR TREK Beyond The Solar System - Deep Sky
Must call to come, my gravel road conditions may be icy NOTE: Call for meeting time. See Star clusters, starbirth clouds star death clouds, galaxies. Mars will also be visible. My observatory has a 25-inch (mirror diameter) telescope. If the sky is cloudy, the event is canceled for that night only. IMPORTANT: Dress for a temperature 20 degrees colder than that expected, especially regarding HEAD, hands, and FEET. Then you will be amazed at how good you feel!
From the crossing of CT state Routes 80 & 81, go north on 81 for 2.2 mi, L on Rt. 148 for 1.0 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.
Captain James Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, March 31   4-5 mi. cl B/C   Hammonasset Beach Walk, Madison
Meet at 9:45 am to walk at 10:00 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 platforms area. Lunch afterword 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. March 31   5 mi. Class B   Walk, Stratford Seawall to Long Beach
Meet at 11:45 a.m. to walk at 12:00 p.m. from the Stratford Seawall, 10 Washington Parkway, Stratford. This will be a 5 mi. moderately-fast paced loop walk along the shore in the Lordship section of Stratford, from the Stratford Seawall to Short Beach. There will be some beach sections with a mixture of firm sand, plus a rock hopping section past the Stratford Point lighthouse on the way to Short Beach, but the return will take place on paved roads with extensive water views. Expansive views of the Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River, plus the Stratford Lighthouse. Heavy rain, falling snow or slippery driving cancels. If there is a light rain and if interested in walking, contact the leader by 9 a.m. Sunday. There are no public restrooms until Short Beach, so if facilities are needed, please use a highway rest area. No dogs. Possible late lunch after the walk.
GPS track
Stratford Point information
Successful expansion of Stratford Point erosion prevention project seen as model for other communities
I-95 North Exit 30 (Lordship Blvd./Rt. 113). Right onto Lordship Blvd. and head south toward Sikorsky Airport. Continue past the airport to the stop sign at the end of the salt marsh. Straight on Stratford Rd. for 0.2 miles and then right on Washington Parkway for 0.3 miles. Just before the seawall, park in the center parking.
From I-95 South, take Exit 30 (which is Surf Ave. from that direction). Left on Surf Ave. Left on Lordship Blvd./Rt. 113 and head south toward Sikorsky Airport and follow the above directions.
Tom Ebersold


Sunday, April 7   Class B, 7 mi.   Hike, Naugatuck State Forest, Oxford
Meet at 11:45 a.m. to hike at 12 p.m. from the parking lot at 360 Chestnut Tree Hill Rd., Oxford, for this moderate paced 7-mile hike along woods roads and trails under an evergreen canopy by four reservoirs leading to the flag overlook of the Naugatuck River Valley. Although this is a hunting area, no hunting is permitted on Sundays. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Total elevation gain is 1,200 ft. Rain heavily falling snow and slippery roads cancel.
Hike overview and GPS track
Directions: Route 8 North to Exit 23. Left at end of ramp to Route 42 West for 2.1 miles. Right on Chestnut Tree Hill Rd. for 1 mile. The parking area is on the right just past the powerlines. Route 8 South to Exit 24. Right onto S. Main St. (becomes Rt. 42 West) for 3.1 miles. Right on Chestnut Tree Hill Rd. for 1 mile. The parking area is on the right just past the powerlines. If the parking area is full, park along the road near the signboard.
Tom Ebersold

Sunday, April 14   6 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 27   4 miles, class C   Clearing on FRISSEL TRAIL
Come help maintain the highest trail in Conn. - 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. Rain date is Sunday, April 28.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373

Sunday, April 28   3+ miles, class C   Madison Town and Shore Walk
Meet at 10:45 for an 11:00 start at the parking lot at 10 School St., off Rt. 1, just west of Rt. 79 and Academy Street, and across from Island Avenue in Madison. This will be a 3+ mile walk from the center of town down to the wharf and along the shore. Lunch at a local restaurant to follow for those who are interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-95 to Exit 61. Head south on Rt. 79 and take a right onto Rt. 1. The parking area is a short distance on the right across from Island Ave.
Marge Pelliccio, Home (203) 272-3316 / Cell (203) 606-4128

Sunday, April 28   Class B, 8 mi.   Litchfield Daffodil Walk, Morris


Sunday, May 5   6-7 mi cl B   New England National Scenic Trail + Lone Pine Trail
See Long Island Sound and Hartford. See the new bog bridge walk. Meet at the Braemore Preserve parking lot which is on Rt. 77 in northern Guilford opposite a red barn at address number 5000. Call for meeting time. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call by 8:30 am if weather threatens. 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

Friday & Saturday, May 10 and 11   STAR TREK Moonshadows
If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. SEE: mountains cast shadows on the Moon, 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 8:45 pm and 10 pm. Sunset is 4 minutes before 8 pm. Meeting place: 30 Birch Mill Road, Killingworth.
Directions: From the crossing of routes 80 & 81, go north on 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 .2mi farther. Travel time from New Haven is 55 minutes. If you come via Durham, go south on Rt.79 to Rt.148. Turn left onto Rt. 148. Go 5.5 miles. Birch Mill Road is on the left. Captain James Fullmer 860-663-3373

Friday, May 24   Class C, 3-4 mi   Lake Saltonstall, Branford
Meet in 9:15 a.m. in the FISHERMEN’S parking lot at 100 Hosley Ave., Branford (NOT the hiker’s parking lot). Hosley Avenue runs between Rt. 1 (West Main Street) and Bushy Plain Road in Branford. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Trail map
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, June 1   Class B, 5.5 miles   Hike, Quinnipiac and Regicides Trails, Hamden-Bethany, National Trails Day Hike Northern West Rock Ridge State Park
Park at end of Paradise Ave. Extension (street address of 1740 Paradise Ave., with the nearest house at 1660 Paradise Ave.) at 9:45 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. start. The hike will be about 5.5 miles with 800 feet cumulative elevation gain. We will ascend York Mountain (elev. 680 feet) from the east with southward views and continue on the Quinnipiac Trail with westward views and a break. The Quinnipiac Trail is the oldest Blue-Blazed Trail, adopted by the CPFA Trails Committee in 1929 (and celebrating its 90th anniversary this year). 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 (with a break). We will do a steep ascent of York Mountain, this time from the south, and return to Paradise Ave. Leashed dogs are okay. Heavy rain cancels. Rain date is June 8.
Directions: DO NOT use GPS to find the start location. There are three unconnected sections of Paradise Avenue in Hamden, and GPS may take you to the wrong section. This meeting location can only be accessed via Laura Road to Paradise Ave. Use these directions to insure your arrival!
Rt. 15 North or South, take Exit 61, then right on Whitney Ave. for 0.2 miles, then left on (Dixwell Ave.) Rt. 10 South for 0.6 miles. Right on Sanford St. for 0.4 miles. Right on Shepard Ave. for 1.4 miles. Left on West Shepard Ave. for 0.2 miles, right onto Laura Rd. for 0.2 miles, and then right onto Paradise Ave. extension for 0.2 miles. Park in the cul-de-sac area.
West Rock map
West Rock information
Dennis Jakiela, 203-710-1406,

Sunday, June 2   7 mi. Class B   Hike, Roaring Brook, Quinnipiac and Farmington Canal Trails, Hamden-Cheshire, National Trails Day Hike
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 (elev. 890 ft.). 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. Leashed dogs okay. Heavy rain cancels. Rain date is June 9. Pre-registration is recommended.
Farmington Canal Trail maps
Naugatuck State Forest map
Falls website (but no maps)
Directions: Rt. 15 North, Exit 61. Right on Whitney Ave. (becomes Rt. 10 North for 6.6 miles. Left on King Rd. for 0.4 miles. Left on Rt. 42 West for 0.7 miles. The parking area is on the left. I-691, Exit 3 to Rt. 10 South for 5.2 miles. Right on Rt. 42 West for 1.1 miles. The parking area is on the left.
Dennis Jakiela, 203-710-1406,

Saturday, June 15   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 10 miles. 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. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket while on the water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
East Twin lake map   West Twin Lake map
Route overview and GPS track for a slightly shorter trip
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 dirt road to access the launch is on the left, 0.2 miles past the church.
Tom Ebersold

Friday, June 21   Class C, 3-4 mi   Sugarloaf, RWA, Guilford
Meet 9:30 am at the parking lot at 1155 West St., Guilford, off County Road, which runs between Rts. 80 and 77, north of Rt. 80. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain cancels.
Trail map
I-95 North, Exit 55, then right on Rt. 1 North. Left on Rt. 139 North. Right on Rt. 80 East for 1.7 miles. Bear left on County Rd. for 0.6 miles. Bear left on West St. for about 1.5 miles. The parking area is on the right somewhat past Wilburs Lane.
I-95 South, Exit 58, then right on Rt. 77 North for 4.4 miles. Left on Rt. 80 East for 0.5 miles. Right on Long Hill Rd. for 1.3 miles. Left on Wilburs Lane for 0.6 miles. Right on West St. for about 0.5 miles to the parking area on the right.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Saturday, June 22   Paddle, Farmington River to the Connecticut River, Windsor
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the River St. boat launch, Windsor, Strawberry Park, 5 Old River St., Windsor. This is a 9-mile moderately-paced one way paddle on the Farmington River to the Connecticut River with a take-out at the Bissell Bridge boat launch. After unloading boats at Strawberry Park, we will shuttle cars to the Conn. River launch, which will take about 40 minutes round trip. 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. If water levels are too low, we will instead paddle the Rainbow Reservoir.
Trip overview
River information
I-91 North, Exit 38, to Route 75 North for 2.7 miles. Right on River St. (after crossing the river) for 0.4 miles, then right into Strawberry Park.
I-91 South, Exit 40 to Route 20 West for 2.3 miles. Left on Route 75 South for 1.1 miles. Left on River St. (just before the river) for 0.4 miles. Right into Strawberry Park.
Tom Ebersold

Sunday, June 30   Paddle, Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Management Area, Milford
Meet at 8:30 a.m. to launch by 8:45 a.m. from the Court Street boat launch, 70 Court St., Milford, to take advantage of the 10:05 a.m. high tide. Peaceful moderate-paced paddle through quiet, salt marsh. The first loop is 5 miles, including an out-and-back on Beaver Brook. After returning to the launch, there the opportunity to paddle another 3 miles. Expect to see plenty of shore birds. Paddlers are expected to provide their own equipment. For your own safety, life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Completion of a wet exit is NOT a requirement of this flatwater trip.
Launch site information
Trip overview
From Rt. 15, take Exit 54 to I-95 South. I-95 North and South to Exit 34 (Rt. 1 South). Right on Rt. 1 South (Bridgeport Ave.) for 0.5 miles. Left on Naugatuck Avenue at the light for 0.6 miles. Right on Milford Point Rd. at the light and go 0.8 miles. Right on Court Street (by the sign for Laurel Beach) and go 0.2 miles to the end. You will see a sign for Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife area. Park carefully when you arrive as the parking lot is small and narrow.
Tom Ebersold


Saturday, July 6   Paddle, Bolton Lakes, Bolton
Meet at 9:30 a.m. to launch by 9:50 a.m. from the Lower Bolton Lake boat launch, 1025 Boston Turnpike, Bolton. This will be a moderately paced paddle around Lower and Middle Bolton Lakes. These lakes have a restriction on motorboats, making them a pleasant place to paddle. Getting from one lake to another involves a portage in each direction to carry the boats around the Middle Bolton Lake Dam. The circuit of the two lakes is 4 miles. After we have lunch back at the launch, we will do another two circuits of Lower Bolton Lake, each about 2 miles, bringing the total trip distance to 8 miles. Naturally, people can leave after any of the circuits, giving them options for a 4 mile or 6 mile trip. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Lower Bolton lake map    Middle Bolton lake map
Directions: I-84 to I-384 East to Rt. 44 East. From the junction of I-384 and Rt. 44, it is 1.3 miles to the launch, which is on the left, opposite South Road and the Bolton United Methodist Church.
Tom Ebersold