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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



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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Summer 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






July

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 bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, July 11   4+ mi., cL C,   Hammonasset State Park, Madison
Meet at 6:35 p.m. at the Meigs Point Nature Center parking lot at Hammonasset State Park, off I-95 Exit 62. Parking is free to vehicles with Connecticut plates. After the walk, have dinner at Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale restaurant. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club.
Map
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180, or 860-301-2926 (cell)

Friday, July 12   3 mi, cl C   Big Gulph, RWA, North Branford
Meet at 9:20 a.m. at Northford Park, 1829 Middletown Avenue (Rt. 17), Northford. This is about 2 miles north of the center of Northford, and about 6-1/2 miles south of the center of Durham. Since this is Regional Water Authority property, no pets are permitted. Heavy rain cancels.
Map
Directions:
I-91 North, Exit 11 to Rt. 22 East for 4 miles. Left on Rt. 17 North for 2.1 miles, and the park is on the right.
I-91 South, Exit 14, then left on East Center St. for 0.7 miles. Right on Northford Rd. for 2.3 miles. Left on Rt. 17 North for 0.7 miles and the park is on the right.
Rt. 15 to Exit 63 to Rt. 22 East for 4.6 miles. Left on Rt. 17 North for 2.1 miles and the park is on the right.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Saturday, July 13   Paddle, Winchester Lake and Park Pond, Winsted
Meet at 9:30 a.m. to launch by 9:50 a.m. from the boat launch, 190 West Road, Winchester. Peaceful 3-hour moderate-paced paddle through quiet lake surrounded by woods. We will do one 4.5-mile circuit exploring all the coves, returning to the launch for lunch. Those desiring a longer trip can join the leader for a second circuit, skipping the coves, for an additional 3 miles. Those desiring even more paddling can venture almost across the street (1.5 miles away) for a 2-mile loop around Park Pond, Winchester. Paddlers must provide their own kayak/canoe and other equipment. For your own safety, life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Registration encouraged, but not required.
Winchester Lake trip overview
Winchester Lake map
Park Pond map
Directions:
Rt. 8 North Exit 44. From the exit, continue straight through the Rt. 202 light and turn left on Rt. 4 West for 0.6 miles. Right on Main St. for 0.5 miles. Bear left on Newfield Rd. at light for 5.9 miles. Left on Rt. 263 (West Rd.) for 0.5 miles. Bear right at split (where Rt. 263 goes left) to West Rd. (follow signs for Winchester Lake boat launch) for 0.6 miles. The launch is on the right, just past the spillway.
From Winsted, and points north and west, take Rt. 44 West from Winsted to Rt. 263 West for 5.3 miles. Where Rt. 263 turns left, bear right on West Rd. and follow signs for Winchester Lake boat launch for 0.6 miles. The launch is on the right, just past the spillway.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, July 27   Paddle, Connecticut River, Cromwell to Haddam
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the boat launch at Riverport Park, 1 River Road, Cromwell. We will car spot to the end at Haddam Meadows State Park, which will take about 45 minutes. This one-way moderately paced 13-mile paddle will flow with the current and tide, passing many scenic features, including three islands, the Arrigoni Bridge, Hurd State Park and George Dudley Seymour State Park, Bodkin Rock and Split Rock. High tide is 10 a.m. in Middletown. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration.Bring lunch, snacks, and water. There are no stores along the route, so paddlers should bring all the food and water they need. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Directions:
I-91 North or South, Exit 21. Left on Rt. 372 East for 3.2 miles. Right on Rt. 99 South for 0.3 miles. Left on South St. to the end. Right on River Road for 0.5 miles to the end for the town launch. Before the end, there is a private launch for the Cromwell Outboard Association on the left (with a gazebo). We are NOT using this area. Keep going to the end of the road.
From Rt. 9 North, Exit 18, continue straight on Rt. 99 North for 0.5 miles. Right on South St. to the end. Right on River Rd. for 0.5 miles to the end to the end.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net


August

Friday, Aug. 9   3-4 mi, cl C   Genesee, Madison
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance, 1825 Durham Rd. (Rt. 79), Madison. This is 2.8 miles north of Rte 80. and about 5-1/2 miles south of Durham center.The hike passes over rolling woods roads and trails from the former “Little Genesee Settlement.” Since this is Regional Water Authority property, no pets are permitted. Heavy 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

Saturday, Aug. 17   Paddle, Poquetanuck Cove and Thames River, Ledyard
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to paddle at 10:20 a.m. from the Poquetanuck Coveboat launch, 10 Drawbridge West, Gales Ferry (Ledyard), off Rt. 12. This moderately paced paddle is a two-part trip. First, we will paddle Poquetanuck Cove, a quiet area with a mostly undeveloped coastline, which is a 4-mile loop, returning to the launch for lunch. Then we will paddle the Thames River up to Mohegan Sun and back, which is a 6-mile trip. This trip makes maximum use of the 11:50 a.m. high tide. No betting, please! For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
GPX track and map overview
Launch info and map of where we are paddling
The launch website says the lot can hold four cars, but there is really room for 10 with overflow parking available nearby, if needed.
Directions:
I-95 North to I-395 North to Rt. 2A East, Exit 79A. Follow Rt. 2A East for 2.5 miles. Right on Rt. 12 South. After crossing the Poquetanuck Cove bridge, right on Drawbridge Road West and go to the end for the launch.
I-95 South, Exit 86 (Rt. 12 North). Right on Rt. 12 for 7.9 miles. Left into the launch site just before the bridge over Poquetanuck Cove.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, Aug. 31   Paddle, Black Hall River, Old Lyme
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to paddle at 10:20 a.m. from the Great Island state boat launch, 50 Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme (approximate start address), for a 8-mile moderately paced paddle on the peaceful Black Hall River. This will allow us to gain maximum benefit from the 11:45 a.m. high tide, giving us a boost in both directions. After returning to the launch for lunch, there is an option to explore a narrow, twisting channel as far as water will allow, but no more than three miles total. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
GPX track and map overview
Directions:
I-95 North to Exit 70. Right on Rt. 156 East and drive about 2 miles to Smith Neck Road. Right on Smith Neck Road and drive to the end for the launch.
I-95 South to Exit 70. Left at the light onto Lyme Street, which becomes McCurdy Road at the curve. Left on Rt. 156 for 0.4 miles, then right on Smith Neck Rd. and drive to the end for the launch.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net


September

Friday, September 13   3-4 mi, cl 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. Since this is Regional Water Authority property, no pets are permitted. Please bring your lucky charms. Heavy 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

Saturday, Sept. 14   Paddle, New Haven Harbor, Mill River, and Quinnipiac River, New Haven
Meet at 10:00 a.m.at theSound School boat launch, 30 South Water St., New Haven to launch by 10:15 a.m. to make best use of the 12:15 p.m. high tide. This will be a moderately paced paddle across the northern section of New Haven Harbor to reach the Mill and Quinnipiac Rivers, which we will navigate south of I-91. This will be a decidedly urban tour of New Haven’s industrial past and present with greenery provided courtesy of Quinnipiac River Park and Quinnipiac Meadows.For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration.Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.There are no porta-potties available on the trip, so paddlers should use the highway rest areas prior to their arrival. Rain cancels.
Directions:
I-95 North to Exit 44. Straight on Sea St., then right on Howard Ave. to the end. (You will see the New Haven boat launch straight ahead. You are NOT using this launch. Keep going!) Left on South Water St. for 0.1 miles. The boat launch is on the right between two buildings.
I-95 South to Exit 46. Left on Sargent Dr. (becomes Fifth St.). Left on Howard Ave. to the end. Left on South Water St. for 0.1 miles. The boat launch is on the right between two buildings.
I-91 South to I-95 South and follow above directions.
Park on the street on the harbor side or at the school’s main parking lot a tenth of a mile away.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, Sept. 28   Paddle, Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge: Great Meadows Unit, Stratford
Meet at 9:30 a.m. to launch by 9:45 a.m. from Long Beach, 1 Oak Bluff Avenue, Stratford to allow us to take maximum advantage of the 11:24 a.m. high tide. Moderately paced 8-mile paddle in peaceful salt marsh with lunch at Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport. Some exploration of small channels in the salt marsh with lots of paddling in open, yet protected waters where we can view a variety of marine birds. A portage of about 100 yards across the sand is required to reach the launch site. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped/buckled life jacket for the trip duration. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels. Be sure to have water shoes as there is likely to be some broken glass at both Long Beach and Pleasure Beach.
Directions:
I-95 North Exit 30 (Lordship Blvd./Rt. 113). Right onto Lordship Blvd. and head south toward Sikorsky Airport. Signs say Rt. 113 North. You really are headed south. Continue past the airport to the stop sign at the end of the salt marsh. Turn right on Oak Bluff Avenue and drive to the end of the road. Right into Long Beach Park.
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. Signs say Rt. 113 North. You really are headed south. Continue past the airport to the stop sign at the end of the salt marsh. Turn right on Oak Bluff Avenue and drive to the end of the road. Turn right into Long Beach Park.
Go as close to the end as you can and park.
Tom Ebersold bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net