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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 2019 Annual Dues, $15 per person, covers November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2019. 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.

Annual Meeting Summary
The annual meeting took place Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at the Cheshire Grange. The slate as posted above was elected by the membership. Dues remain at $15 per year. The club donated $1,900 to various organizations that maintain trails.

Host Needed for Winter Potluck Dinner
The club needs a host for the winter potluck dinner, which would take place Feb. 9 or 16, 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 nhhchiker@gmail.com



Storm-Related Trail Closures

The latest estimate for the reopening of Sleeping Giant State Park is Memorial Day weekend. The Sleeping Giant Park Association is posting continual updates with photos on its Facebook page or at Official state posting

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 at the town website


Constitutional Amendment to Protect Public Lands

The Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) has been working for two years to pass a constitutional amendment to regulate the sale of natural lands owned by the state of Connecticut, including state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, and farmlands. This amendment passed with 84% of voters in favor. This means that the proposed sale or transfer of state park, forest, and farmlands would be required to have a public hearing, and would require a two-thirds vote of the state Senate and House to be approved.





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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

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).

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019   5 mi, cL B   Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
Meet at 10:30 at Wadsworth Mansion parking lot, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown (off Rt. 157.) Hike to Wadsworth Falls for lunch and back 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 leaders to check.
State Park Map
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
Inge Lise Pauzano, 203-453-6904 or ilpdk2@gmail.com
Fred Murray, 860-628-5364 or fred_g_murray@sbcglobal.net

Friday, January 4   3-4 mi, class C   Lake Hammonasset, Killingworth
Meet 9:30 am at the parking lot on Rte 80 in Killingworth. For GPS use: 551 Rte 80, Killingworth, CT 06419. This is 1.6 miles east of Rte 79 or 2.4 miles west of Rte 81. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or snow cancels. Moderate paced hike over gently rolling trails and woods roads with views of Lake Hammonasset.
Map
Directions:
From I-95 North, take Exit 61 to Rt. 79 North for 5.6 miles, then right on Rt. 80 East for 1.6 miles. The parking lot is on the left, marked by a brown sign.
From I-95 South, take Exit 63 to Rt. 81 North for 5 miles, then left on Rt. 80 West for 2.4 miles. The parking lot is on the right.
From the north, take Rt. 9 South to Exit 9 to Rt. 81 South for 8 miles, then right on Rt. 80 West for 2.4 miles. The parking lot is on the right.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Thursday, January 10   4-5 miles cl B/C   Long Beach, Stratford, and Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to walk at 10:15 a.m. from Long Beach, 1 Oak Bluff Avenue, Stratford for this 4 to 5 mi. moderate paced loop walk along this barrier beach to Pleasure Beach, once Bridgeport’s answer to Coney Island. Parking is free in the off-season. If the beach gate is locked, park on the street on the side heading away from the 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. Right on Oak Bluff Ave. and drive to the end of the road. Right into Long Beach Park. Go to the end and 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 and follow directions as above.
Franca Guiliano, francagiuliano@sbcglobal.net or 475-282-4741

Sunday, January 20   4-5 miles, cl B/C   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 Gar-den 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, Home (203) 272-3316, Cell (203) 606-4128, marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday, January 20   STAR TREK   TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
Must call me to come, my gravel road conditions may be icy; and parking space may be insufficient. The total phase of the eclipse starts 11:40 pm and ends at 12:44 am. Thus it is a midnight event, deepest at 12:12 am. The eclipsed Moon will be fascinatingly different than naked eye views. Bring binoculars too - the Pleiades will be beautiful. 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 nearly overcast, the event is canceled. 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.

Thursday, January 24   4-5 miles cl B/C   Long Beach, Stratford, and Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to walk at 10:15 a.m. from Long Beach, 1 Oak Bluff Avenue, Stratford for this 4 to 5 mi. moderate paced loop walk along this barrier beach to Pleasure Beach, once Bridgeport’s answer to Coney Island. Parking is free in the off-season. If the beach gate is locked, park on the street on the side heading away from the 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. Right on Oak Bluff Ave. and drive to the end of the road. Right into Long Beach Park. Go to the end and 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 and follow directions as above.
Franca Guiliano, francagiuliano@sbcglobal.net or 475-282-4741

Sunday, January 27   6-7 mi, cl B,   New England National Scenic Trail + Lone Pine Trail
See Long Island Sound and Hartford. See the new bridge walk.
Meet at the Braemore Preserve parking lot which is on Rt. 77 (Durham Rd.) 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. 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.
Map
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

Sunday, January 27   4-5 mi. cl B/C   Hammonasset Beach Walk, Madison
Meet at 10:45 am to walk at 11:00 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.
Map
Directions: I-95 to Exit 62 and follow to the park.
Marge Pelliccio (203) 272-3316/ cell (203) 606-4128 or michael.pelliccio@snet.net


February

Friday, February 1   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 snow cancels.
Map
Directions:
This is about 1.6 miles from Rte 114 (Racebrook Road) in Woodbridge or 3.7 miles from Fountain Street (Rte 243) in New Haven. The entrance is VERY easy to miss, so look carefully as you get closer.
Geoffrey Smith, 203-488-3352

Sunday, February 3,   Central New Haven and Museum Tour
We’ll be taking a walk through central New Haven with walks through Grove Street Cemetery, Yale Campus and a stop for lunch at Bar Restaurant on Crown St. We will return through the historic New Haven Green and end with a visit to the New Haven Museum (free on the 1st Sunday of each month).
Meet 10:45 am at the Peabody Museum parking lot at the corner of Whitney Ave. and Humphrey St. for an 11:00 am start. Joint with SCCC
Marge Pelliccio, Home (203) 272-3316 Cell (203) 606-4128 marjorie.george@snet.net

Saturday, February 9   5-8 mi, class B   Mt. Frissel SNOWSHOE / HIKE
We will start high up. Moderate trail climbs and woods roads. Trail distance depends on trail and weather conditions. Snowshoes with crampons, or, if little snow, strong traction devices are required. Cold wet weather boots or strong waterproof hiking boots with foot warmers are required. Bring 2 liters of water and lunch.
Must call leader to come, and get meeting times and places. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temps. Steady rain cancels. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you. Call for meeting time and place.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, February 10   4-5 mi cl C   Walk in Old Wethersfield and Wethersfield Cove
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 10:45 am for an 11:00 am start at the Broad Street green in Wethersfield, (on Constitution Way across from Garden St.)
Directions: Take I-91 to 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 (203) 272-3316/Cell (203) 606-4128 marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday February 17   3 miles, cl C   Full Midwinter Moon Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. 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. Must bring a foot traction device, possibly snowshoes. "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 you can enjoy the full moonlit forest-and-pond beauty. Sunset 5:28 pm.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, February 17,   Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset, Madison
Meet 10:45 am at the Shoreline Greenway Trail parking lot (located east of the Hammonasset Park entrance on Rte 1—it’s on your right as you head to Clinton) We will walk along the Shoreline Greenway Trail and onto back roads of Madison towards Middle Beach Road and its seawall. The route is scenic with many water views. The walk will leave promptly at 11:00 am.
Lunch to follow for those interested. Joint with SCCC
Leader: Marge Pelliccio   Home phone 203-272-3316. Cell phone 203-606-5128 marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday, Feb, 17   Class B, 6-7 miles   Hike Air Line Trail, East Hampton ***CANCELED***

Saturday, February 23   6-7 mi, cl B   Mattabesett Trail Coginchaug Cave, to Mt. Pisgah + Indian Buffet, New trail relocation
A hilly walk with views and rock overhang caves. At 9:00 am meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Old Blue Hills Road in Durham. Old Blue Hills Road leaves route 79 is about 1.7 miles north of the Route 79 and Route 148 junction. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call before 8:30 am if weather threatens. Bring traction footwear, liquid, and snack. Please keep phones and other electronic devices turned off for safety and to be aware of the beauty around you. A feast of Indian food at the Haveli Restaurant follows.
Map
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

Sunday, February 24   Class B, 8 mi.   Chatfield Trail, Killingworth
Meet at 10:00 a.m. to hike from Chatfield Hollow State Park, 449 Route 80, Killingworth for this 8-mile loop hike on the Chatfield Trail, which is south of Rt. 80 from the park. The trail has a series of moderate climbs and descents totaling 1,200 ft. of elevation gain, and several bridge-less stream crossings. Hiking poles are recommended to provide stability over the uneven terrain and the stream crossings. Traction devices are recommended. Bring lunch and liquids. Rain or slippery driving cancels.
GPS overview of a similar hike
Trail article
Directions:
From I-95 North, take Exit 61 to Rt. 79 North for 5.6 miles, then right on Rt. 80 East for 3.3 miles. The parking lot is on the left.
From I-95 South, take Exit 63 to Rt. 81 North for 5 miles, then left on Rt. 80 West for 1 mile. The parking lot is on the right.
From the north, take Rt. 9 South to Exit 9 to Rt. 81 South for 8 miles, then right on Rt. 80 West for 1 mile. The parking lot is on the right.
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 (home) or 860-301-2926 (cell)


March

Friday, March 1   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.
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.
Map
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Saturday, March 9   Spring SOCIAL Potluck Dinner
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the home of George (Jeff) Jefferis, 1934 Chapel St., New Haven, between Central Avenue and West Rock Avenue.
Phone: 203-710-1913
Enjoy a SOCIAL gathering with fellow club members in a relaxed setting. Bring a dish to pass, (including a serving spoon or fork, as needed) and a beverage to drink. Social hour at 5:00 p.m. with the potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. There is no need to RSVP; just show up. The club will supply paper goods, including paper plates and napkins, along with plastic knives, forks, spoons, and cups. While these used to be scheduling meetings, the scheduling now takes place electronically.

Approved New Haven Hiking Club leaders are encouraged to submit their events for April, May, and June 2019, in advance by emailing them to nhhchiker@gmail.com, or bringing them to the event.

Parking is available in the driveway between the red house (which is your destination) and the gray house or on the street. Those planning on using the driveway may be blocked by others arriving later (to maximize parking), so don’t use the driveway if you need to leave early. On the street, don’t park in the “zone” parking areas designated for area residents.

Directions:
There are many ways to get here:
Rt. 15 North, Exit 57 to Rt. 34 East for 3.8 miles. Left on Central Ave. for 0.4 miles. Right on Chapel St. and the house is the second one on the right.
Rt. 15 South, Exit 59, then right on Rt. 69 South (Whalley Ave.) for 0.9 miles. Right on Dayton St., then next left on Fountain St. Next right on Forest Rd. (Rt. 122 South) for 0.7 miles. Left on Chapel St. for 0.4 miles. The house is on the right, just past Central Ave.
I-95 North, Exit 43. Left on Campbell Ave. for 1 mile. Straight on Forest Rd. (Rt. 122 North) for 1 mile. Right on Rt. 34 East for 0.3 miles. Right on Chapel St. and the house is the second one on the right.
I-95 South, Exit 43. Right on Rt. 122 North for 2 miles. Right on Rt. 34 East for 0.3 miles. Right on Chapel St. and the house is the second one on the right.
George (Jeff) Jefferis 203-710-1913


Sunday March 17   3 miles, cl C   Full Green Moon Snow Walk
We will walk on easy trails and woods roads for about 2 hours. Meeting time will be 6:00 pm. Must call leader to come and get meeting place; it likely will be near Killingworth. Bring a friend. Bring food if hungry. Bring a foot traction device, possibly snowshoes. "Bad" weather gear is essential, especially at lower temperatures. Rain cancels. Call before 5:30 pm if weather is iffy; there will be no one to call later. During the walk please turn off phones or other devices so you can enjoy the full moonlit forest and pond beauty. Sunset is 6:01 pm.
Jim Fullmer, 860-663-3373

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!
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