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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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Winter 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






January

Wednesday, January 1, 2020   5-7 mi, cl B   New Years Day on the Giant
Meet 10:00 am at the Sleeping Giant State Park main parking lot near the entrance station, 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Bring traction foot wear, hiking pole, rain gear, 2 liters water, and lunch. Some rocky ups and down. Rain, ice, or snow cancels.
Map
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180

Wednesday, January 1, 2020   5 mi cl B   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, (203) 272-3316/Cell (203) 606-4128

Saturday, January 4   6 mi (with options) cl B   )Walk, Silver Sands State Park, Milford, (B2D)
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to walk at 10:15 a.m. from the parking lot at Silver Sands State Park, 10 Silver Sands Parkway, Milford. Enjoy a moderately-fast paced walk along the beaches of Milford: Silver Sands State Park, Walnut Beach, and Fort Trumbull Beach, including the boardwalk between Silver Sands and Walnut Beach. While the full walk is about 6 miles, people can customize the walk to the distance they would like to do, and the leader can adjust depending on weather conditions. This event is being scheduled BECAUSE of a rainy forecast, so dress for rain. Dogs are not permitted on the beach in Milford at any time of year, so leave Fido home for this one. Free parking. Possible llunch afterwards if the group desires.
Directions: I-95, Exit 35. From I-95 North, make a right turn. From I-95 South, make a left turn and go under the highway. From either direction: Left at the light onto Rt. 1 North. Get into the right lane. Right at the next light onto Silver Sands Parkway. Straight at the next light into the park. Go down the hill to the parking area on the left.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, January 5, 2020   5 mi, cl B   Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
Meet at 10:00 am at Wadsworth Mansion parking lot, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown (off Rt. 157). Hike to Wadsworth Falls State Park, with a break for lunch at the big falls. Return to attend the Open House at the mansion from 1:00-4:00. The Open House features mansion tours, light refreshments, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Bring lunch, water, sturdy boots, hiking poles. Distance may vary depending on trail conditions. No pets. If severe weather, call the leader to check.
State Park map
Mansion information
Directions:
Rt. 15 or I-91 to Rt. 66 East for 5.2 miles. Right on Rt. 157 (West St.) and bear left to stay on West St. (where Rt. 157 goes right) for 0.7 miles. Right on Wadsworth St. for 0.3 miles. Left into the mansion driveway. Rt. 9 to Rt. 66 West for 1.3 miles. Left on Rt. 157 (West St.) and bear left to stay on West St. (where Rt. 157 goes right) for 0.7 miles. Right on Wadsworth St. for 0.3 miles. Left into the mansion driveway.
Janet Blaha, 203-453-4277

Sunday, January 5   3 mi cl C   Walking Tour of Wallingford and Winery Visit
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 a.m. from the parking lot behind TD Bank, 2 North Main St. on the corner of Center St. and North Main St. in Wallingford. 3 mile plus walk past some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in Wallingford. We will also visit the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall. Following the walk we will car pool/caravan to the Gouveia Vineyard. The Vineyard asks that no beverages be brought in. Besides serving a variety on wines, they have bottle water, soda, tea and cappuccino. We ask that members bring an appetizer to share. Joint with SCCC.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128

Sunday, January 5   6.5 mi cl B   Hike, West Rock Ridge State Park (B3B/C). Meet at 11:45 for a 12:00 p.m. start from the Lake Wintergreen parking lot, 40 Main St., Hamden, for a 6.5-mile moderate-paced loop through the middle section of the park, featuring two viewpoints from the ridge and a walk along Lake Wintergreen. Rain, falling snow, or slippery driving cancels. Well-mannered dogs welcome.
Park information on leader's website      Map      Traced GPS track
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

Friday, January 10   3 mi, class 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.
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

Sunday, January 12   9-10mi class A   Cockaponset State Forest Trails, Chester
Meet at 9 am on Rt. 148 in Chester, 2.7 mi East of Rt. 81, and very near Sypher Rd. The parking area is at the top of a rise of Rt.148. Call for meeting time. Steady rain cancels, but bring rain gear anyway. Call by 8:30 am Sunday 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.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373

Sunday, January 19   6 mi, cl B   Mounts Chauncey and Lamentation, Meriden
Rescheduled for Saturday, January 25 with new start time, 10:30 am

Saturday, January 25   6 mi, cl B   Mounts Chauncey and Lamentation, Meriden
Great views from both mountains. Meet 10:30 am at Giuffrida Park in Meriden, 2.7 mi west of I-91 Exit 20. Steady rain cancels, but bring rain gear anyway. Call by 7:30 am Sunday 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. No pets.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373 (land line) and Jim Earle 203-815-7213

Sunday, January 26   3-6 miles, class C or B   Hammonaset State Park, Madison
Note new meeting time, 11 am
About as flat as flat can get, this beach and trail walk will be delightfully free of crowds! Easy steady pace. Walk only as much as you want. Meet 11 am at the big parking lot next to Meig’s Point Nature Center, off I-95, Exit 62. The park entrance has a street address of 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison.A good wind breaking jacket may be needed. Rain cancels. Possible fish dinner afterwards.
James Fullmer 860-663-3373.


February

Friday, February 7   3 mi, class 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 February 8   3 miles, cl C   Full Moon Midwinter Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. Full moonlight on snow with no competing light is enchantingly beautiful and powerful!!! Sunset is 5:15 pm. Meeting time will be 5:30pm. Must call leader to come and get meeting place; it will likely be near Killingworth. Bring a friend. Bring food if hungry. A warm sweet drink in a thermos is wonderful! Must bring a foot traction device, possibly snowshoes. Overdress and zip open to ventilate. The warmer you dress (head and neck insulation is required) the better you’ll feel. There is no heavy exercise. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temperatures. Rain cancels. Call before 5pm if weather is iffy. There will be no one to call after 5pm. During the walk please turn off phones or other devices so we all can enjoy the full moonlit forest-and-pond beauty.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373.

Sunday, February 9   3 mi cl C   Peter's Rock Park, North Haven
Meet at 9:45 a.m. to hike at 10 a.m. from the main parking lot of Peter’s Rock Park, 133 Middletown Ave. (Rt. 17), North Haven, just north of the junction with Quinnipiac Ave. This moderate paced 3-mile loop hike on a renewed trail system will visit the summit at Peter’s Rock with a panoramic view including East Rock, West Rock, the Sleeping Giant, the Hanging Hills of Meriden, and Mount Higby. Rain, snow and ice cancels. Optional lunch at Guillio’s Apizza after the hike.
Website      Map      Park History
Directions:
I-91 North to Exit 8 to Rt. 17 North for 1.7 miles. Right into the parking lot behind the First Fuel gas station.
I-91 South to Exit 9. Right on Universal Drive, then the next right on Montowese Ave. for 0.4 miles. Right on Quinnipiac Ave. for 0.8 miles. Left on Rt. 17 North for 0.1 miles.
Sal DeFrancesco, 203-467-3590 before 9PM. Cell 203-214-9242 on day of hike.

Saturday February 15   5.5 mi, class B   Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden
Meet 9:00 amin the Sleeping Giant State Park main lot, 200 Mt. Carmel Avenue, Hamden. Leader will choose trails for you to see the remains of an amazing amount of trees cut to clear the trails. Bring a traction device, water, lunch, and rain gear even though significant rain or snow cancels.Call by 8 am if rain threatens. Please put cell phones on silent mode and no phone conversations while hiking for courtesy and safety.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373 (land line).


March

Friday, March 6   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.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

Sunday, March 8   5-6 mi, cl B   Mattabesett Trail Mica Ledges, Mt. Pisgah,and Indian Buffet
A hilly walk with great views from Pisgah and all the Mica Ledges. Meet 9:00 am at the Rockland Preserve parking area on Rt. 79 (west side) in Madison. This is about 4 miles north of Route 80, and 0.9 mile S of Rt 148. Steady rain cancels, but bring rain gear anyway. Call before 8:30 am if weather threatens. Bring liquid and a snack and a foot traction device. 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, March 8   3 miles, cl C   Full Moon Late Winter Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. Full moonlight on snow with no competing light is enchantingly beautiful and powerful!!! Sunset is 5:50 pm. Meeting time will be 5:30 pm. Must call leader to come and get meeting place; it will likely be near Killingworth. Bring a friend. Bring food if hungry. A warm sweet drink in a thermos is wonderful! Must bring a foot traction device, possibly snowshoes. Overdress and zip open to ventilate. The warmer you dress (head and neck insulation is required) the better you’ll feel. There is no heavy exercise. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temperatures. Rain cancels. Call before 5pm if weather is iffy. There will be no one to call after 5pm. During the walk please turn off phones or other devices so we all can enjoy the full moonlit forest-and-pond beauty.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373.

Sunday, March 22   10.7 mi cl A   Lone Pine and New England National Scenic Trails, Guilford
See a face-on view of Bluff Head cliffs. See Long Island Sound and Hartford from Bluff Head. See the bog bridge walk. Meet 8:30 am at the Braemore Preserve parking lot , which is on Rt. 77 in northern Guilford opposite a red barn at address number 5000. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call by 8:00 am if weather threatens. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you.
Enjoy a wide variety of Indian food at Haveli restaurant.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373 (land line).

Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28   STAR TREK Moon, Venus, & Beyond, Killingworth
Must call to come, my gravel road may be icy. NOTE: Call for meeting time. See the Moon and Venus together in the sky. 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!
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.

Sunday, March 29   9.5 mi, class A   Sessions Woods Education Center to Barnes Nature Center, Burlington and Bristol
The hike traverses the Blue and Yellow trail, the Mile of Ledges, Tunxis trail, and Nature Center Connector with good viewpoints. Meet at 8:00 am at the commuter lot on Rt. 68, 0.1 mile west of I-91 Exit 15. You must call before 7:15 am if you want to meet elsewhere or if unsure about the weather. Significant rain cancels, but always bring rain gear. Bring 2 liters of water, sturdy boots and a hiking pole. No pets.
Jim Fullmer 860-663-3373 (land line) and Jim Earle 203-815-7213.


April

Sunday, April 5   6 miles, class B   Harriman State Park, Stony Point, N.Y.
The classic NHHC Palm Sunday hike 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.