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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




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.




Announcements

Renew your membership today, or join us as a new member!
The 2018 Annual Dues, $15 per person, covers November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018. Member Application form
Mail your check and application form to NHHC, 61 Eramo Terrace, Hamden, CT 06518.   Make checks payable to: The New Haven Hiking Club.



Storm-Related Trail Closures

In the New Haven area, two hiking areas and one hiking trail were heavily impacted by the May 15 microburst and thunderstorm. Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, and Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford suffered significant damage and are currently closed. Wharton Brook Park in Wallingford was also closed, but that has limited trails and is generally not used as a hiking area for club events.

There is still no timeline for when Sleeping Giant State Park will reopen. The latest estimate from the park supervisor is spring 2019. The Sleeping Giant Park Association is posting continual updates with photos on its Facebook page at SGP updates
The official state posting on its website

The town of Wallingford is responsible for cleaning up Tyler Mill Preserve, but has other priorities at the moment. The most recent notice of Aug. 8, 2018, says the preserve is closed until further notice. Updates may be posted to the town website at Updates

The Quinnipiac Trail sustained heavy damage between Downs Road and Whitney Avenue, in addition to whatever damage occurred at Sleeping Giant. Volunteers and Connecticut Forest and Park Association staff had the trail outside of Sleeping Giant reopened by late August 2018.








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Fall 2018 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






October

Saturday, October 13   4-8 mi. Paddle   Mashapaug Lake, Union ****CANCELED**** due to weather conditions.


Sunday, October 21,   Class B, 4-5 miles, Walk   Quinnipiac Gorge Trail, Meriden
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 a.m. from the parking lot by the red bridge, 562 Oregon Road, Meriden, off Route 70. This will be a 4 to 5 mile walk on the new and older sections of the trail along the Quinnipiac River between Meriden and Cheshire. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:30 am. No pets. Joint with Southern Connecticut Cycle Club (SCCC).
Map and brochure
Directions: From Cheshire, head west on Rt. 68/70 from the center of town. Stay on the left at the fork on Rt. 70 then to the right on Rt. 70 at the next fork. Take a left in about 2 miles at the red walking bridge on Oregon Rd (not marked). The parking lot is a short distance on the right.
Marge Pelliccio (Home 203-272-3316) Cell (203) 606-4128 marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday, October 28,   Class C, Walk   Shoreline Greenway Trail, East Haven
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 a.m. from the Shoreline Greenway Trail parking lot behind D.C. Moore School, 82 Elliott St., East Haven. We will walk along the Shoreline Greenway Trail with nice views of the Farm River. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:30 am. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-95 North, Exit 51 (Frontage Road): Right on Rt. 142 (Hemingway Ave.). Left on Rt. 142 East (Short Beach Rd.). Right on Mansfield Grove Rd., then right on Hoop Pole Lane. The school is on the left in about a quarter mile. I-95 South, Exit 52 (Rt. 100/North High St.): Left on Rt. 100 (North High St.), then left on Main St. Right on Rt. 142 (Hemingway Ave.) and follow above directions.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net


November

Saturday, November 3   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 27, 2018.

Dues renewal and Dinner reservation printable form

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 an election of club officers will take place at 7:00 p.m.
The presentation will start at the conclusion of the business meeting, probably around 7:30 p.m.

Travel photographer, Joan C Cavanaugh, will present "Irresistible Vietnam, Inspiration of a Resilient and Noble People" who reconstructed their lives and land after a war of liberation and unification.

In October of 2017 Joan traveled North Vietnam's diverse countryside, the stunning mountains of Sapa, the vibrant city life in Hanoi and Danang with it's kaleidoscope of colors and patterns and streets zig-zagging with family motorbikes. She roamed the farmers markets, schools, ornate temples, quiet monasteries, and hidden courtyards, studying the Vietnamese culture. She spoke with women of the indigenous Black Hmong clan in the mountains, shop keepers and street vendors in the cities, teachers, primary and high school students, museum administrators, farmers who plant rice and raise buffaloes and the boat people of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is hiking in the mountains of Vietnam.... roadside waterfalls, fields of bamboo, terraced rice paddies, small villages, precarious bridges and challenging foot trails.

Joan will share her stories with a robust slide presentation and recount the warm Vietnamese welcome she received. It is her hope that she will inspire and encourage you to travel to Vietnam for a safe and irresistible adventure.

Joan has been honored with awards in many fields: author, speaker, photographer, educator, entrepreneur, golfer and Businesswoman of the Year by Canon USA. She is a member of PWP.com Professional Women Photographers.

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 4   cl C, 4 mi.   Q-River Linear Trail Walk, Wallingford
Meet at 10:45 am to walk at 11:00 am from the Community Lake parking lot located at 291 Hall Ave. (Rt. 150), Wallingford. This 4 mile walk will feature the paved and extended Quinnipiac River Linear Trail. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant for those interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: Rt. 15 North to Exit 65. Left off the ramp and straight into the park at the light. Rt. 15 South to Exit 65. Left off the ramp, bear left onto Hall Ave. (Rt. 150) at the split to go under the highway, and left into the park.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net

Friday, November 9   3-4 mi, class C,   Lake Saltonstall, Branford
Meet in 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 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 0.3 miles. The parking lot is on the right just before the sharp turn in the road. 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 0.3 miles. The parking lot is on the right.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Sunday, November 11   cl C, 4 mi.   Old Saybrook/Fenwick Walking Tour, Old Saybrook
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 AM from the public parking lot at Saybrook Point. This will be a 4-mile walk across the causeway into the area of Fenwick. Lunch will follow for those that are interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-95 to Exit 67. Follow Route 1 South to Rt.154 West and signs to Saybrook Point.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday, November 18   cl C, 4.5 mi.   Niantic Bay Boardwalk, Niantic
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 AM from Cini Memorial Park, Niantic. This will be a 4.5-mile walk along the Niantic Boardwalk which runs along the coastline. This leads to a local beachfront park with a nice overlook. From there we can continue to walk west into the neighborhoods. We loop back towards the beachfront park. Before getting back on the boardwalk to the parking lot, we can detour onto the downtown streets of Niantic, which has a variety of businesses, a bike shop included. Lunch will follow for those that are interested.
Directions: I-95 North, Exit 72. Left on Rt. 156 East to the park, which is about 3.6 miles east of Rocky Neck State Park. Left into the park, shortly past Dad’s Restaurant at 147 Main St. also on the left. If you drive over the Niantic Bridge, you went too far! Cini Park sits somewhat under the bridge.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net

Thursday, Nov. 22   Class C, 4 mi.   Walk, Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich
Meet at 11 a.m. to walk at 11:15 a.m. at Greenwich Point, 99 Tod's Driftway for this 4-mile moderate-paced loop walk along the beach and roads. Be sure to dress for wind, as the park projects out into the Long Island Sound and therefore is likely to be windy. Bring a snack. The separation break will take place at the heated restrooms. The park is open to non-residents at for free during the winter. No dogs are permitted before Dec. 1. We walk in drizzle or light rain; bring an umbrella if that is the case. The hike should take 2 hours, including the break, giving plenty of time to arrive at an afternoon Thanksgiving dinner. Total elevation gain is 75 feet.
Map
GPS track and hike overview
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 5 (Rt. 1). Right on Rte. 1 North/East. Right at next light on Sound Beach Ave, for 2 miles to the end. Right on Shore Road and follow to the beach. Park in the first area on your LEFT (between the two circuit roads).
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, Nov. 25   Class B, 6 mi.   Hike, West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden
Meet at 12:00 p.m. to hike at 12:15 p.m. from the Lake Wintergreen parking lot, 40 Main St., Hamden, for a 6-mile moderate-paced loop with many scenic highlights. There will be two viewpoints from the top of the ridge, a walk along Lake Wintergreen, and a stop at Wintergreen Falls. Along the ridge, we will walk in historic Baldwin Drive, constructed in the 1930s as a WPA project, and now closed to traffic. Other than the climb up the Purple Trail, this hike is mostly flat to rolling. The pace will be more moderate than the leader’s typical faster pace. The leader keeps these trails blazed and pruned, so he knows the trails are in good shape. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Heavily falling snow and slippery driving cancels. Rain shortens.
Park information on the leader’s website.
Park map
Directions: Rt. 15 Exit 60 to Rt. 10 South. Right at next light to Benham St. Left at end on Main St. Right into lot at curve.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, Nov. 29   class B, 6 mi., Annual McConville's Big Barn Hike at Valley Falls Park and Belding Wildlife Area, Vernon (to be repeated on Saturday, December 1)
Meet at 10 am at the Valley Falls Park parking lot, 300 Valley Falls Road, Vernon. A relaxed 6-mile or so ramble through a lovely mix of old woods and streams, pine forests and historic stonework. The leaders live in the former caretaker's house from 1810 and we will eat a leisurely lunch in the large post and beam barn where it is WARM. DEFINITELY bring LUNCH and liquid. Snacks for the trail. Leaders will have hot mulled cider available in the barn. Children welcome. No dogs except Trail Dog Whitney. Dress warmly, rain only postpones.
The map is found on page 14 in the Vernon Trail System guide
Basic directions: Tunnel Rd Exit 66 off I-84 East. At end of exit ramp turn right onto the frontage road to next stop. Left at blinking stoplight onto Tunnel Rd. Just BEFORE the old railway tunnel, turn left onto Valley Falls road, which is followed all the way to the signed Valley Falls Park. All this is less than 2 miles from the I-84 exit. Contact leaders with questions.
Hob McConville (860-571-1262, dandgmccon@gmail.com, Debra McConville (860-571-1262, dandgmccon@gmail.com

December

Saturday, December 1   class B, 6 mi., Annual McConville's Big Barn Hike at Valley Falls Park and Belding Wildlife Area, Vernon
Meet at 10 am at the Valley Falls Park parking lot, 300 Valley Falls Road, Vernon. A relaxed 6-mile or so ramble through a lovely mix of old woods and streams, pine forests and historic stonework. The leaders live in the former caretaker's house from 1810 and we will eat a leisurely lunch in the large post and beam barn where it is WARM. DEFINITELY bring LUNCH and liquid. Snacks for the trail. Leaders will have hot mulled cider available in the barn. Children welcome. No dogs except Trail Dog Whitney. Dress warmly, rain only postpones.
The map is found on page 14 in the Vernon Trail System guide
Basic directions: Tunnel Rd Exit 66 off I-84 East. At end of exit ramp turn right onto the frontage road to next stop. Left at blinking stoplight onto Tunnel Rd. Just BEFORE the old railway tunnel, turn left onto Valley Falls road, which is followed all the way to the signed Valley Falls Park. All this is less than 2 miles from the I-84 exit. Contact leaders with questions.
Hob McConville (860-571-1262, dandgmccon@gmail.com, Debra McConville (860-571-1262, dandgmccon@gmail.com

Sunday, December 2   cl B, 4-5 miles,   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 Garden Street). Enjoy a brisk 4 to 5 mile walk exploring the beautiful historic district of Old Wethersfield, including the Cove area. If it’s cold enough, we will see ice fishing in the Cove.
Meet at 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. Lunch to follow for those interested. Joint with SCCC.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net

Saturday, Dec 8   5.5 mi cl B or 11 mi cl A   James L Goodwin State Forest, (B/A) Hampton
Two hikes of B length which can be combined to make an A hike. Both hikes start and end at the same place. Both hikes will be about 5.5 miles B2C, but will be on different trails. Meet for the first hike at 9 am for a prompt 9:15 start. Meet for the afternoon hike at 12:30 pm for a prompt 12:45 start. We will eat lunch between the two hikes back at our cars out of the weather. You can do either hike of your choice or stay to do both. Bring snacks, lunch and liquid. NO DOGS, but children are always welcome if they are up to it. We will feature our usual "Silent Mile" on each hike. Please dress for New England weather, expect COLD.
Meet at the hiker parking lot for James L. Goodwin Forest which is on Potter Road, off of Route 6, east of Willimantic, parking is across the street from the Conservation Education Center.
Leaders Deb and Hob McConville, 860-571-1262 or dandgmccon@gmail.com if questions or concerns. New Co-leaders welcome.

Sunday, Dec. 9   6 mi. cl B (B3B/C)   Hike, Naugatuck State Forest, Oxford
Meet at 11:45 a.m. to hike at 12 p.m. from the trailhead at 360 Chestnut Tree Hill Rd., Oxford, for this moderate paced 6-mile hike along woods roads and trails under an evergreen canopy by four reservoirs. Come and enjoy a hike led by the leader who blazed the trails in the forest. Although this is a hunting area, no hunting is permitted on Sundays. Heavily falling snow and slippery roads cancels. Well-mannered dogs welcome.
Map
Leader’s webpage for the forest
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, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, Dec 9   5 mi cl b or 10 mi cl A   Gay City State Park. Hebron
TWO different hikes at same park. B2C + B2C = A2C. The two 5 mile B hikes can be combined to make one 10 mile A hike. You can pick and choose which one or both to hike. The morning hike, rated B2C will be a 5-mile loop. We will eat a leisurely lunch back at our cars out of the weather, after the first hike and before we start the second hike in the afternoon. The afternoon hike, rated B2C will also be a 5 mile loop BUT on DIFFERENT trails, different directions, than the am hike. TOGETHER you can do both hikes, now rated as a A2C hike to really get the most out of this park which features beautiful ponds and brooks, mature forest and an abandoned colonial village and millworks.
MEET at 9 am for a prompt 9:15 start at the hiker parking lot at the park entrance located off Route 85, Hebron. The afternoon hike will meet at 12:30 pm for a prompt 12:45 pm start from the same parking lot off Rte. 85. Bring lunch, snacks, liquid and a good mood. NO DOGS. Both hikes will feature our "Silent Mile", doing the walking without all the talking to better enjoy the natural experience.
Leaders Deb and Hob McConville. Contact 860-571-1262 or dandgmccon@gmail.com if questions or concerns. Co-leaders welcome.

Friday December 14   STAR TREK Meteor shower 5 am
Must call to come, my gravel road conditions may be bad NOTE meeting time is 5 AM to see the Geminid meteor shower - one of the top 2 showers!!!! If sky is cloudy, the event is canceled for that morning only. See separate event for the evening. 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 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.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 14, 15, 16   STAR TREK COMET Moon and Meteor shower
Must call to come, my gravel road conditions may be bad NOTE: Call for meeting time. View the 1st quarter Moon. See a mountain cast a shadow across the Moon, many craters, lava plains...and more. Great shadow detail very up close! See Mars. The Geminid meteor shower will still produce some meteors. Comet 46P Wirtanen has a very close approach (7% of Earth-Sun distance) on the 16th, but is still good on nearby dates and should become visible to unaided eyes when the quarter Moon is near setting. Binocular and especially telescopic views will be awesome! 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!
Directions: From the crossing of Routes 80 & 81, go north on Rt. 81 for 2.2 mi, L on Rt. 148 for 1.0 mi, R onto Birch Mill for 0.2 mi, L onto driveway after bridge. House is 0.2 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.
Captain James Fullmer 860 663 3373.

Saturday, December 15   5-6.5 mi class B   Mattabesett Trail, Durham, Coginchaug Cave to Mt. Pisgah, followed by Indian Buffet at Haveli Restaurant nearby. NEW TRAIL.
NOTE: 4.2 miles of this hike will be on trail opened only months ago. It goes through giant erratic rocks, the Gonads of Hercules!
Meet 9 am at the trail parking on the grass on Old Blue Hills Road on the right side. Note the trailhead signs. Old Blue Hills Road begins on Rt. 79 in Durham. If you go too far, you soon will reach a cul-de-sac. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Bring foot traction if icy. Call by 8:20 am if weather threatens. Bring liquid. Please turn off phones. Talking while walking is very dangerous.
Map
Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373.

Friday, December 21,   3-4 mi, class C    Maltby Lakes, West Haven
Meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot at 585 Derby Ave (Rt. 34), West Haven. Moderate paced hike over gently rolling trails and woods roads with views of Maltby Lakes. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Map
Directions: This is 1-1/4 miles west of Rt. 10 (Grasso Blvd) or 2-1/4 miles east of the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Rt. 15, Exit 57 or 58). Note: Traveling east on Rt. 34, you need to make a U-turn at Plainfield Ave and then drive back about 1/4 mile to the entrance.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Sunday, December 23   Class B, 5 mi.,   Historic Essex Walk
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to depart at 11:00 a.m. from the Essex Library, 33 West Ave., Essex, for this 5 mile walk through historic Essex along the Connecticut River and observe the holiday decorations along the streets. Lunch to follow for those interested. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: Rt. 9 Exit 3, then left onto Rt. 154 South, and then left at the first light onto West Avenue. The library is on the left.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net


January

Tuesday, January 1, 2019,   8 mi., cL B,   New Years Day at The Preserve, Old Saybrook
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Westbrook parking lot, 1278 Essex Rd. (Rt. 153), Westbrook. Bring lunch and liquids. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club.
Map
Directions: Rt. 9, Exit 3. At the end of the ramp, go straight to the stop sign, then right on Route 153 South for about 2.5 miles. The lot is on the left next to a blue-gray house. From I-95, Exit 65, head north on Route 153 for about 2 miles. The lot is on the right next to a blue-gray house.
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 or 860-301-2926 (cell).