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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.




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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.

Some 300 trees were reported down at Sleeping Giant and one photo shows a dozen trees down all next to each other on one trail. There is no timeline for when the park will reopen. The Sleeping Giant Park Association is posting continual updates with photos on its Facebook page at SGP updates

The town of Wallingford is responsible for cleaning up Tyler Mill Preserve, but has other priorities at the moment. 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. Most of the storm damage on the Quinnipiac Trail has been cleared with work taking place in July and August on the section near the powerlines between Downs Road in Hamden and Brooks Road in Bethany. Volunteers hope to have the Quinnipiac Trail work complete by Labor Day.





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Summer 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





July

Thursday, July 5   4+ mi., cL C,   Hammonasset State Park, Madison
Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Meigs Point Nature Center parking lot at Hammonasset State Park, off I-95 Exit 62. Free parking for vehicles with Connecticut plates and free parking for all after 6:30 p.m. Bring liquids and sunglasses. After the walk, feast at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale restaurant. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club.
Map
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 or 860-301-2926 (cell).

Sunday, July 8   Paddle, Connecticut River, Hartford to Glastonbury
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the boat launch at Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Road, Hartford. We will unpack our boats and gear and car spot to Riverfront Park, Glastonbury, leaving most cars in Glastonbury. The car spot will take about 40 minutes, so we should be ready to paddle by 10:30 a.m. This one-way moderately paced 10 mile paddle will flow with the current and tide on the Connecticut River from Hartford to Glastonbury with lunch at Wethersfield Cove. After lunch we will explore Crow Point, an artificial cove on the river, before landing in Glastonbury This trip provides great views of the state capital with forested banks south of the city. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Riverside park
Directions:
I-91 North to Exit 33. Right on Jennings Road and immediately right onto Liebert Road. Go 0.5 miles, and then bear left into the park and continue straight until you reach the parking lot by the boathouse.
I-91 South to Exit 33. Left on Jennings Rd. Go under the highway and turn right onto Liebert Road. Go 0.5 miles, and then bear left into the park and continue straight until you reach the parking lot by the boathouse.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, July 11   Bike, Farmington River and Canal Trail Circuit, Farmington
(SO, RL, Cue, 10 mph) 29 miles. Meet at 9:30 a.m. to ride at 9:45 a.m. from Tunxis Meade Park, 50 Tunxis Meade Rd., Farmington. Loop along the Farmington River to Collinsville on the Farmington River Trail and connect via a series of roads to the Farmington Canal Trail. Lunch stop at the Stratton Brook State Park. Those needing a store to purchase food can eat their lunch by the Flower Bridge. The route has two 1-mile sections of dirt trail, plus a total of 3.5 miles of riding on roads shared with cars. The terrain is rolling with an elevation gain of 1,000 ft., or 34 ft. of climbing per mile. The leader will provide cue sheets; a copy is attached for those who wish to preview the route.
Route overview and GPX track
Directions:
I-84 West, Exit 39 to Route 4 West for 1.5 miles. Left on Route 10 South for 0.9 miles. Right on Meadow Rd. for 1.2 miles. Right into the park and park in the paved lot between the two baseball fields.
I-84 East, Exit 33 to Route 372 West. Right on Cooke St. for 1.4 miles. Straight on Route 10 North for 1.3 miles. Left on Meadow Rd. for 1.2 miles. Right into the park and park in the paved lot between the two baseball fields.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, July 12   Paddle   Salmon River to Leesville Dam and back
We launch @ 10:00 AM from the Connecticut River public boat launch that is located at the junction of the CT River and the Salmon River - just off of Route 149 in East Haddam. Please consider arriving anytime before 9:30 AM - for this will then give you enough time to both chat with friends and also give you sufficient time to get your vessel ready for launch
Directions.
From Route 9 take exit 7 and continue on Route 82 as you cross over the CT River,then at the the junction of Routes 82 and 149 in East Haddam ( which is diagonally across from and within sight of the Goodspeed Opera House ) drive north onto Route 149 about 1.0 mile. Then following the boat launch signs, turn left onto a short road leading to the launch site.
GPS address 124 East Haddam Moodus Rd, East Haddam, CT is an address on Route 149 that is close to the road leading to the unpaved parking lot/launch site (The road leading to the launch site is not a formal road so it is not shown on the street map).
Mike Kaczorowski, 860-581-8102

Saturday, July 14   Paddle   Branford River, Branford
Meet at 9:00 to launch by 9:20 a.m. from the boat launch at 40 Goodsell Point Rd., Branford. We will head north through a tidal river ecosystem with plenty of shore birds. Thanks to a low bridge at Indian Neck Avenue, most of this trip is powerboat free. On the way back, we will stop at Branford High School for lunch. The loop north and back totals 7 miles. As we pass the boat launch, the leader plans a 2 to 3 mile loop through Branford Harbor, but those in rush to get off the water can easily leave at that point. This trip is planned to make best use of the 12:56 p.m. high tide. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
Trip overview
Directions:
Take I-95 to Exit 54 (Cedar St.) From I-95 North, turn right on Cedar St. From I-95 South, turn left on Cedar St. Go straight on Cedar St. at Rt. 1 and follow to Rt. 146 West (Main St.). Right on Rt. 146 West and take the second left onto Kirkham St. Shortly after crossing RR tracks, turn left on Harbor St. Left on Goodsell Pt. Rd. (Stannard Ave. on right) and follow almost to the end. Turn left into the launch area, across from the Branford Yacht Club.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, July 19   Canoe/Kayak   Mystic River
We launch @ 10:00 AM from the Mystic River State boat launch area that is located on the west side of the Mystic River off of River Rd just past I-95. The trip includes paddling to Enders Island, having lunch, ( optional - a swim ) and then paddling back from whence we came. Please consider arriving anytime before 9:30 AM - for this will then give you enough time to both chat with friends and also give you sufficient time to get your vessel ready for launch.
Directions:
Traveling east on I-95 north, take Exit 89 onto Route 614 (Allyn Street) and turn right (south) then almost immediately left onto Sandy Hollow Rd. Turn left onto High Street and then right onto Bindloss Rd (first right) and then left onto River Rd. Follow River Rd to the left and drive to the launch area which is about 0.1 mile past where I-95 crosses over River Rd. (The distance from I-95 exit 89 to the launch area is about 1.3 miles. There are boat launch signs to follow.).
For GPS usage, 600 River Rd, Mystic, CT is near the launch site.
Mike Kaczorowski 860-581-8102

Friday, July 27   3-4 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. Heavy rain or thunderstorm cancels. No pets.
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 28   Paddle   Lieutenant River, Old Lyme
Meet at 9:30 a.m. to paddle at 9:50 a.m. from the Great Island state boat launch 50 Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme (approximate start address) for an 11-mile moderate paced paddle of the Lieutenant River. This will allow us to gain maximum benefit from the 12:19 p.m. high tide, giving us a boost in both directions. Those wishing a 7-mile trip can take an extended break on the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum, where we are stopping for lunch. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. 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


August

Saturday, Aug. 11   Paddle   New Haven Harbor, New Haven
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sound School boat launch, 30 South Water St., New Haven to launch by 9:50 a.m. to make best use of the 11:45 a.m. high tide. This will be a moderately paced two-part paddle around New Haven Harbor and related waterways. The first loop totaling 6 miles will explore the West River and then head over to Sandy Point in West Haven, before returning to the launch. Those desiring more mileage can a second loop of 5 miles, which will explore the lower section of the Quinnipiac River. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. For safety reasons, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. 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

Sunday, August 12   8 mi., cL B   The Preserve, Old Saybrook
Meet at 9:30 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).

Friday, August 17   3-4 miles, cl C   Pine Hill Trails, Seymour
Meet 9:30 am at the parking lot at 59 Rimmon Rd. (Rt. 313), Seymour. Moderate paced hike over gently rolling trails and woods roads with a view of the Peat Swamp Reservoir. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or thunderstorm cancels.
Map
Directions:
This is about 1.6 miles from Rte 114 (Racebrook Road) in Woodbridge or 3.7 miles from Fountain Street (Rt. 243) in New Haven. The entrance is VERY easy to miss, so look carefully as you get closer.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352.

Saturday, August 18   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, August 25   Paddle, Milford Harbor, Gulf Pond, and the Indian River, Milford
Meet at 9:40 a.m. on the street at 125 Trumbull Ave., near Milford Harbor, to launch at 10:00 a.m. to make maximum use of the 11:26 a.m. high tide. This is a 9-mile moderate-paced paddle heading up peaceful Gulf Pond to the Indian River, returning the same way, before finishing with a loop around Milford Harbor. There is an opportunity shorten the trip by 2 miles along the way by waiting in the main passage for the group to explore several side channels in Gulf Pond. Paddlers can save another 2 miles at the end by skipping the inspection of the fleet in Milford Harbor. This trip passes under several low bridges with strong tide-induced currents, so this is not a trip for beginners. Be prepared to limbo under these bridges. We may need to wait out the tide a bit to get under the bridges on the return trip. There are no porta-potties or bushes at the start location, so please use the restroom at Cumberland Farms on Plains Road before arriving your arrival. There is a short walk to access the launch to the harbor. 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.
Trip overview
Directions:
I-95 North, Exit 36, then right on Plains Rd. Straight at Rt. 1 light to West Clark St. After crossing over the railroad, SECOND left on Bridgeport Ave. (Rt. 162) (NOT the immediate left on Golden Hill St. Right on Seaside Ave. by Milford Hospital to the end. Left on Trumbull Avenue. Use the public parking on the left side of the street near the end.
From I-95 South, Exit 36, left on Plains Rd. and follow the above directions. >From Route 15, take Exit 2B to I-95 South and follow the above directions.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, August 26   25 mi bike   Farmigton Canal Trail
The ride will originate from the Sherman Avenue parking lot in Hamden located near The Cascade Restaurant (GPS 480) Sherman Ave. Meet 9:30 am. Depart 9:45. Head north to the Cheshire trail extension. Flat terrain Avg speed 10-12 mph. Round trip approx 25 miles. Bring snack,water. Rain cancels.
Rich Ziemba (203) 494-3002.


September

Sunday, September 2   Paddle, Neck River, Bailey Creek, East River, Madison
Meet at 8:30 a.m. for an estimated launch time of 8:50 a.m. from the boat launch, just past 1 Circle Beach Road, Madison, to make the most of the 10:25 a.m. high tide for this 10 mile moderately paced paddle. We will paddle up the Neck River to Bailey Creek and then take the secret passage to the East River where we will head to the end for a lunch break at the East River Preserve, and then taking the East River back to the start. 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. Registration encouraged, but not required.
Trip overview of a longer version with the full Bailey Creek section
Launch website
Directions:
I-95 North to Exit 59 and right on Soundview Rd. to the traffic light. Left on Rt. 1 East and go 2.2 miles. Right on Neck Road after crossing the Neck River.

I-95 South to Exit 60 and left onto Mungertown Rd. and go 0.6 miles. Left onto Rt. 1 East and go about 0.2 miles. Make the next right onto Neck Rd. after crossing the Neck River.

From both directions: Go about 100 yards and turn right again, continuing on Neck Rd. for 1.3 miles. At the end of Neck Road, turn left on Ridgewood Ave. for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Circle Beach Rd. at the curve for 0.3 miles. The boat launch entrance (a gravel road) is on your right. Drive to the end and park in the paved lot where there is a porta-potty. You will see some directional signs along Neck Road. Some are brown and say “East River.” Others are green and say “Boat Launch.”
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, Sept. 8   Paddle, Quinnipiac River Tidal Marsh, North Haven
Meet at 11:00 a.m. to launch by 11:20 a.m. from the Quinnipiac River Wildlife Management Area boat launch, 379 Sackett Point Rd., North Haven, to make best use of the 12:30 p.m. high tide. The launch is accessed by a BUMPY dirt road with NO sign at Sackett Point Rd. Drive SLOWLY down this sorry excuse for a road, no more than 5 mph, otherwise you risk launching your boat from your roof!
This is a moderate-paced 8-mile paddle exploring narrow channels in the tidal marsh, returning along the winding curves of the Quinnipiac River. The Audubon Society has designed the tidal portion of the river as an Important Bird Area due to its high concentration of migratory birds. 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. The lunch break comes late in the trip due to the lack of available places to land. Rain cancels.
Quinnipiac River canoe guide
GPS overview of a similar trip

Directions:
I-91 North, Exit 9: Left on Montowese Ave., then right on Universal Drive North for 1.3 miles. Left on Sackett Point Rd. for 0.4 miles. Left on the dirt road between the metal structure at the end of the Tilcon property and the multi-styled fences for the Frankson Fence Company. The launch is a short distance from the road.

I-95 South, Exit 10 to Route 40 North to Exit 1. Right off the ramp, then the next right on Route 5 South for 0.8 miles. Left on Sackett Point Rd. for 0.4 miles. Right on the dirt road, just past Frankson Fence Company and before the metal structure at the end of the Tilcon property. The launch is a short distance from the road.

Route 15 North, Exit 60: Left on Dixwell Ave. for 0.9 miles. Right on Skiff St. for 1.6 miles. Left on State St. for 0.3 miles. Right on Sackett Point Rd. for 0.4 miles. Right on the dirt road, just past Frankson Fence Company and before the metal structure at the end of the Tilcon property. The launch is a short distance from the road.

Route 15 South, Exit 63: Left on Hartford Tpke. for 1.5 miles. Left on School St., Next right on State St. for 0.3 miles. Left on Sackett Point Rd. for 0.4 miles. Right on the dirt road, just past Frankson Fence Company and before the metal structure at the end of the Tilcon property. The launch is a short distance from the road.

Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, September, 22   3 mi cl C   West Haven Beach Walk
Meet 5:30 PM at the Savin Rock Shopping Plaza on Captain Thomas Blvd. in West Haven across from Campbell Ave. for a 3-mile walk along the boardwalk. Dinner to follow at Savin Rock Roasting Company for those interested. In case of inclement weather we will meet at the restaurant at 5:30PM. Joint with SCCC
Marge Pelliccio - (203) 272-3316 Cell phone 203-606-4128


October

Saturday, Oct. 13
Paddle   Mashapaug Lake, Union
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the boat launch in Bigelow Hollow State Park, 285 Bigelow Hollow Road (Rt. 171), Union, for an expected launch time by 10:20 a.m. This will be a moderate paced paddle with one or two loops of about 4 miles each. We will return to the launch after the first loop for lunch, before heading out on the second loop. As required by state law after Oct. 1, paddlers must wear a zipped life jacket for the trip duration. Paddlers must provide their own boat and equipment. Be sure to bring a lunch and water. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Rain cancels.
Park map
Directions:
From Camp Woodstock, right on Rt. 198 North for 1 mile. Left on Rt. 197 West for 1.8 miles. Right on Rt. 171 West for 0.9 miles. Right into Bigelow Hollow State Park for 1.1 miles to the launch. From Hartford, I-84 East to Exit 73. Right on Rt. 190 East for 1.9 miles. Left on Rt. 171 East for 1.4 miles. Left into Bigelow Hollow State Park for 1.1 miles to the launch.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net