Hiking Schedule

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Thank You! To those that volunteered to start hikes this season. Our club is very lucky to have energetic community minded members!  Do you have a favorite 2 hr hike to share?

To start a hike @ 10am for any Sat. call or email Duncan Bailey for help with booking. 

860-334-7503         email Duncan at brtibailey@gmail.com

OTHER WINTER EVENTS THAT MAY BE PLANNED.

1. Snowshoeing
2.  Cross Country Skiing
3.  Mountain Bikes Rides

HIKER’s TIPS

  • All participants should carry personal ID and insurance information.
  • Hikers are encouraged to partner up if unsure of capabilities.hiking trail sign
  • Hikes/ Winter Events are on Saturday Starting Hiking at 10 AM unless posted otherwise.
  • Please arrive 15 min. early to sign in and gear up.
  • Rain Cancels hikes.
  • Wear Bright Colors/Blaze Orange Recommended.
  • Hikers should carry their own water bottle and snack.
  • Pack-sized first aid kits are recommended for all outdoor activities.
  • Inclusion of hiking dogs is at the discretion of that hike’s starter. Thank you for keeping Hiking dogs leashed at all times.
  • Car Pool whenever possible.
  • CPL= Commuter Parking Lot
  • TBD= To be decided.

For any unanswered questions, please contact the Starter listed at the end of that hike description.

Hiking Links: Connecticut Explorer’s Guide, free online maps and guides.
Ten Essentials For A Safe Hike www.ctwoodlands.org

 

Hikes/Winter Events take place on Saturday

Gathering at 9:45 AM unless posted otherwise.

 

2018 WINTER + SPRING Season Jan – April 2018

CURRENT HIKE SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 31, 2018    Hike the Selden Creek / Brockway – Hawthorne Preserves, Lyme, Ct

Route of choice includes very scenic overlooks out to Selden Island and Whalebone Creek Ravine, along with some steep hill hiking over unique terrain for 5 ½ – 6 miles, at 2 – 2 ½ mi/hr pace.

Prepare for spring hiking conditions, aka Mud Season.  Wear hiking boots and consider hiking poles, as terrain is hilly with wet areas to negotiate.  Bring food and hot or cold beverages. Leashed, good-natured dogs welcome.

Meet by 9:45 AM at the Selden Creek Preserve-Ravine Trail parking pull-off on the West side of Joshuatown Rd. Lyme, Ct for a 10:00 AM start.

Steady rain cancels.

Directions:  From Old Lyme, take Rt. 156 North through Hamburg Cove, then continue for about ½ mile, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd .  travel for 3 ½ -4 miles. Parking area is on the left, opposite preserve sign on right.  From Rt. 82-Rt. 148 at Hadlyme Gen. Store, take Rt. 148 / Ferry Rd. West, following signs for Ct. River Hadlyme Ferry, turn left onto Joshuatown Rd.  Drive about 1 ½  miles to parking lot on right.

Trail Map   http://www.lymelandtrust.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SeldenRavineB-HpreserveDraft2017.pdf

Leaders: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey.  Email:    brtibailey@gmail.com   860 334 7503

Saturday April 7, 2018 9:30AM  Hike Chatfield Trail South

This Hike has been canceled.

 

Starter: Laurette Saller

Sunday Jan 28, 2018 9:30AM  Hike Salmon River Forest, East Hampton, CT  CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

Meet at covered bridge parking lot on Comstock Bridge Road and Rte 16, East Hampton.

  • Meet 9:15 for sign-in and 9:30 AM prompt start.
  • Hike duration is approximately 3 hours; 6-7 miles
  • Terrain is”easy” with short areas of “moderate” rocky terrain and beautiful view of the Salmon River, and old mill site and Day Pond.
  • Ice stabilizers (microspikes) may be needed
  • Hikers to bring drinking water/hot beverage as desired
  • Heavy snow or rain cancels.

Starter: Laurette Saller Laurettesaller@gmail.com or 860-614-4021.

Saturday Feb 3, 2018  Hike Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic, CT

Meet at Main Parking lot near the railroad tracks (244 W. Main Street, Niantic, CT)

  • Meet 9:45 for sign-in and 10:00 AM prompt start.
  • Hike duration is approximately 2 hours; ~3 miles
  • Terrain is “easy” with a moderate pace.
  • Bring Ice stabilizers (microspikes) in case of icy terrain.
  • Hikers to bring drinking water/hot beverage as desired
  • Heavy snow or rain cancels.

Starters: Debbie Tedford and Barry Gorfain 860-373-8573

Saturday Feb 10, 2018 Hike Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT

Meet at 9:45 AM at Goodwin State Forest Headquarters parking lot, on right, 23 Potter Rd, off Rt. 6, Hampton, CT for 10:00 AM start.
Brisk 2 – 3 hour hike on well-marked Goodwin SF and CT Frst. & Prk. Assoc. Blue trails and woods roads on flat moderately hilly terrain. A “Hot Chocolate Stop” at half way point will bolster energy levels for the trip around Pine Acres Lake, back to the cars, after which we may retire to the Vanilla Bean in nearby Pomfret for lunch.
Colder conditions in Windham Co. necessitates warm, layered outdoor clothing covering extremities. Bring warm, wind-proof layers, mufflers, hats, gloves and consider gaiters if snow is present at home. Wear orange marker clothing, for hunters may be working adjacent open land.
Consult Hartford weather for local forecast and adapt for micro spikes, and/or snowshoes/hiking poles, as necessary. Bring water, your favorite hot beverage mix: tea, chocolate, instant coffee (for heating on leader-supplied stove), cup and optional snacks. Well-mannered, people-oriented, closely-leashed dogs welcome and please consider discretion with cell phone use.
Please consult the Pequot Cyclists website no later than 12 noon, Friday, Feb 9, for any notices pertaining to this hike, and finding none, this event will go as planned.

Starters: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey (860) 334-7503

 

Lay Preserve Hike, St. Patrick’s Day-Saturday March 17, 2018

-Meet at the Lay Preserve, Lords Meadow Lane, Old Lyme, Ct.

-Coming from East Lyme to Old Lyme on the Boston Post Road (Rt1), turn left on Lords Meadow Lane. Continue strait on Lords Meadow Lane to the end where there is parking.

– 1 3/4 to 2 hour hike on easy to moderate terrain with some stream crossings.

-There is an optional loop to add or shorten the total hike distance of approximately 3 miles.

-Arrive 09:45 AM for a 10:00 AM start .

-Dogs must always be leashed

Leaders:  Mike and Cindy Roach  (860) 861-0634

Saturday April 7, 2018 9:30AM  Hike Chatfield Trail South

A roughly 8-mile hike on the scenic Chatfield Trail featuring many interesting rock formations. Rolling terrain, and 2-2.5mi/hr pace.   Can you fit through the Fat Man’s Squeeze?  Well managed dogs OK. Hiking boots only. Bring food and plenty to drink. Bad weather cancels. Meet at the Chatfield Hollow State Park hiker’s lot on Route 80. From intersection of Routes 80 and 81 in Killingworth, drive west on Route 80 for 1.1 miles and take right into parking lot. RSVP not required. Call or e-mail with questions to Laurette at860-614-4021 or laurettesaller@gmail.com.

Starter: Laurette Saller

Past Hikes

Saturday Jan 13, 2018 Hike Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, Niantic CT

Meet at Main Entrance, Veterans Memorial Park, 10 Memorial Park Drive, Niantic

  • Meet 9:45 for sign-in and 10:00 AM prompt start.
  • Hike duration is approximately 2 hours; 4 miles
  • Terrain is “easy” with short areas of “moderate” rocky terrain.
  • Ice stabilizers (microspikes) may be needed
  • Hikers to bring drinking water/hot beverage as desired
  • Heavy snow or rain cancels.
  • Lunch location TBD

Starter: Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847

Sunday Jan 14, 2018 9:30AM Hike Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, Niantic CT

Meet at Main Entrance, Veterans Memorial Park, 10 Memorial Park Drive, Niantic

  • Meet 9:15 for sign-in and 9:30 AM prompt start.
  • Hike duration is approximately 2 hours; 3-4 miles
  • Terrain is “easy” with short areas of “moderate” rocky terrain.
  • Ice stabilizers (microspikes) may be needed
  • Hikers to bring drinking water/hot beverage as desired
  • Heavy snow or rain cancels.
  • After the hike, optional 1 mile boardwalk in Niantic ending with ice cream or treats.

Starter: Laurette Saller Laurettesaller@gmail.com or 860-614-4021.

Saturday Jan 20, 2018 Hike Merritt Family Farm Property (a Groton Open Space Association)

Meet at Haley Farm State Park, 90 Haley Farm Lane, Groton, CT

  • Meet 9:45 for sign-in and 10:00 AM prompt start.
  • Hike duration is approximately 2.25 hours; 4-5 miles
  • Terrain is “easy” with a moderate pace.
  • Ice stabilizers (microspikes) are a must.
  • Hikers to bring drinking water/hot beverage as desired
  • Heavy snow or rain cancels.
  • Lunch location: Grass and Bone, 24 E Main Street, Mystic, NCT

Starter: Cathryn Dolan 860-514-5847

 MONDAY! Jan.1, 2018- 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I

**2 hour and 4 hour loop Options. Hike in any weather.  A “Hot chocolate stop” at apprx. 2hr. will also be the opt out; or continue for the addt’nl 2hrs. Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant.The leader will provide a stove for heating. Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.

Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island. Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. Leader -Duncan and Mary Jo -860-514-5869 c.

Nov. 25, 2017. 10am Thanksgiving Sat.  Hike. Indian Caves in Ames Family Preserve, Old Lyme, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

 See a Native Primitive Shelter and historical / geological excavation site. Also another Lg. Cave photo opp. Approx. 2 hrs of marked trails with moderate terrain and a few short but steep hills. Snow: bring snowshoes and/or traction devices. Heavy rain cancels.

Directions- I95 South to Exit 75/ East Lyme. Continue straight onto Rte. 1 South toward Old Lyme village for approx. 7.1 m.   Turn Left onto Boggy Hole Rd. for approx.  .6miles.  Turn left onto Evergreen Trail. Trail Head parking is at cul de sac. Local Pub option after.

Starter, Melody- c. 860-388-7758

Sat.  Nov.18, 2017 10 AM, Jewett Preserve, Lyme, Ct.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

We’ll hike south into Eno Preserve and Mount Archer Woods (W, R, Y loop) for about 3.5 miles, then walk across the road into Jewett Preserve for another 2.8 miles on the White/Yellow loop.

Directions-
Park at the Jewett Preserve Cemetery entrance. From Lyme, take 156 north, veer left onto Mt Archer Rd, and left again to stay on Mt Archer Road. You’ll go just over a mile, then you’ll see a small parking lot on your left, keep going a bit further to get to the larger parking area on your right, next to a cemetery. If you’re using GPS, it’s at 129 Mt. Archer Rd, Lyme, CT.

Hike Starter- Shelley R.- 860-335-4340

Rescheduled- Sat.,  Nov. 11, 2017. 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate with some hills, 5 miles.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim 860.303.3727

 Sat. Nov 04, 2017 10am   Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail

Colchester, Ct.

9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Take advantage of the moments before the hike to read about the Historical Comstock Covered Bridge and examine the wonderful restoration job.

Intermediate to Moderate terrain with some steep hills And rest/bag lunch after the hike. 

Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing straight thru Rte 149 crossroads, Comstock Covered Bridge pkg lot at Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill.
Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area. Starter: Mary Ellen n Mike Banker

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 – 10:00am – Narrangansett Trail from the CT eastern terminus, Voluntown, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Directions from the north: Take Route 395 north to Exit 85. Follow route 138 towards Voluntown (approximately 7 miles), right on Route 49 for about 4.5 miles and left on Sand Hill Road.

From the south: Take I-95 north to Exit 92, follow signs to Rt 49 north, cross Rt 184, 7+/- miles north into Voluntown, right onto Sand Hill Road; Sand Hill Road: 0.8 mile road jogs and becomes Green Fall Road; dirt road 0.8 mile park on right.

Moderate 2 ½ hr/approx 5.4 mi. Wear hiking shoes and orange vest. Car pool if possible, parking is limited. Moderate hike, with somewhat challenging ledge scramble section. Good traction boots necessary to view dinosaur rock.
Starter: Jennifer 860-460-6906

Sat. Mar. 4, 2017, 10 AM  Haley Farm St. Park Hike Groton, Ct. to and thru Merritt Family Farm Property

-Hikers to meet at Haley Farm free parking lot at 9:45 for sign in.

-Hike duration is approximately 2.5 hours/ ~ 5 miles-Terrain is ‘easy’-Hikers to bring water bottle and snacks as desired.-Snowshoes if appropriate.-Heavy rain cancelsDirections- From I-95 take exit 88 onto Ct Rte 117 S. toward Groton Long Pt,/ Noank.-Travel South on Ct. Rte. 117 for 1 mile and turn left at light onto Fort Hill Rd.-Travel East on Fort Hill Rd. for .9 mile and turn right onto Groton Long Pt. Rd.-Follow Groton Long Pt. Rd. for .6 mile and turn right onto Brook St.-Follow Brook St. for .5 mile and turn right onto Haley Farm Rd.- Follow Haley Farm Rd. Apprx. .5 mile to pkg. area. (Outdr. Comfort Facilities available.)  Starter:  Cathryn Dolan- 860-514-5847

Feb. 11, 2017 at 11AM  Naskart Indoor Racing 

Start your engines…….Lets meet at the ticket Sales.

  • Google says-From I-395 S. Take exit 77 for Rte 85 and turn west onto Rte 85
  • From Rte 85 (Hartford New London Tpk. go 2.9 miles west beyond the intersection with I-395 and turn left.
  • After .2 m. you will find your Naskart Indoor Racing at 1 Sachatello Industrial Drive.
  • 1 Sachatello Industrial Dr,
  • Montville, CT 06370
  • 860-444-7700
    info@NaskartRacing.com

Melody- Coordinator 860.388.7758  Txt or Call

Sat. Feb. 4th, 2017 10AM Wyassup Lake Hike

Starting time is 10:00 am sharp be there by 9:45 with your orange vest and or hat.

Bring a snack and drink to have along the hike. This 3 1/2 hour hike will have moderate terrain and foot wear should be chosen for the likelihood of wet And/Or Icy conditions, or snowshoes if warranted.

Directions-Take Main street into North Stonington village from Rt.2 whether coming from north or south direction. Once into center of town by the red building (hardware store) proceed onto Wyassup Road for 3 miles then look for a sign on the left for Wyassup Lake Road and boat launch. Go .8 of a mile and parking lot is on your right.

Possible lunch stop at Mystic Pizza II.
Hike Starters- Art and Julia

Oct. 29, 2016. 10 AM, – Deb Kalwara Memorial Hike at WolfDen, Mashamoquet Park, Pomfret,Ct.  Moderate 5 miles.

First hike of the Season.

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10 am hike start. Thank You!

Directions: Take I- 395 north to Exit 93, turn left onto Rte. 101 West. From CT 101, go left onto Wolf Den Rd. in Pomfret,( turn is just east of the junction with Rte. 44). Turn left again into the access rd. to parking lot near the ranger station.
Lunch to follow at the Vanilla Bean. Starters-Maureen & Jim

SUNDAY!! Oct. 30, 2016.  11 AM. Fields of Fire Aerial Adventure Park

715 Noank / Ledyard Rd. Mystic, CT 06355

Please arrive at 10:45 am for a start at 11. Thank You!
Orientation plus 2 hr. activity time at aerial ropes, walkways and zipline course.
See pictures and more info at  http://fieldsoffiremystic.com
Don your provided safety gear, come try your hand at the beginner level course, then move on if you like to any of 5 different levels of challenge for the next 2 hrs. all for one price of $30 pp. prepaid.  Melody at  melody.green9@yahoo.com

Driving directions- exit 89 (Allyn St. exit ) off I95.  Go to South side of I 95. Take right onto Sandy Hollow Rd. West toward Noank Ledyard Rd. Turn left/ South onto Noank Ledyard Rd. then quick right into Fields of Fire Adventure Park.

Nov. 05, 2016 – 10:00am – Narrangansett Trail from the CT eastern terminus, Voluntown, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Directions from the north: Take Route 395 north to Exit 85. Follow route 138 towards Voluntown (approximately 7 miles), right on Route 49 for about 4.5 miles and left on Sand Hill Road.

From the south: Take I-95 north to Exit 92, follow signs to Rt 49 north, cross Rt 184, 7+/- miles north into Voluntown, right onto Sand Hill Road; Sand Hill Road: 0.8 mile road jogs and becomes Green Fall Road; dirt road 0.8 mile park on right.

Moderate 2 ½ hr/approx 5.4 mi. Wear hiking shoes and orange vest. Car pool if possible, parking is limited. Moderate hike, with somewhat challenging ledge scramble section. Good traction boots necessary to view dinosaur rock.
Starter: Jennifer 860-460-6906

Nov 12, 2016. 10am  Stony Creek Quarry Hike: Branford, CT

Please arrive at 9:45 am for a prompt hike start at 10. Thank You!

Moderate with some mild boulder scrambling. I 95 South; Exit 57 toward North Branford. Right onto Boston Post Rd. South, toward Branford & New Haven. (Wayfinding Tip: “The Gables at Guilford” is across from trailhead. parking lot) Left onto Moose Hill Rd. Right onto Granite Rd.( past small guard house)to pkg lot on right at roads end.

Starter- Melody 860.388.7758

 November 19, 2016 10am   Hike: Comstock bridge / Salmon River Trail

Colchester, Ct.

9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

Take advantage of the moments before the hike to read about the Historical Comstock Covered Bridge and examine the wonderful restoration job.

Brisk pace (1.8-2 mph) for  +/-7.25 miles, 3 1/2-4 hrs. over Moderate terrain with some hills And rest/snack stops at the pond and waterfall. 

Directions: Rte 2 West to Exit 18. Left onto Rte 16 West towards Middletown. After passing straight thru Rte 149 crossroads, Comstock Covered Bridge pkg lot at Salmon River is on right at bottom of long hill.
Meet at the Covered Bridge pkg area.
Local Lunch Option to follow. Starter: Melody 860-388-7758

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT.

Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-739-8575

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 – 10:00AM – The Preserve. Old Saybrook, CT.

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

From I95 S take Exit 67, Elm Street exit. Turn right onto Ingham Hill Rd. The trail head parking lot is on the right across the street from 241 Ingham Hill Rd.

Easy 2+/- hr. hike.  Local Mexican lunch option available.

Starter: Melody 860.388.7758

 SUNDAY! Jan.1, 2017- 10 am NEW YEARS DAY at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot to Hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I

Meeting time:  9:45 am for a prompt 10 am hike start. 

 This is a three mile hike on a tired wood road.  The road is known to hold water so foot traction devices are warranted along with your drinking water and snack. 

  As this area is also used by hunters blaze orange is highly recommended.

Directions: From Route 85 North in Chesterfield:  Turn left  onto Grassy Hill Rd.  Trail head is 2.6 miles on right.  From East Lyme:  From Whistletown Rd.  At junction of Beaver Brook and Grassy Hill Rd,  turn right onto Grassy Hill Rd.  Trail head is 1 mile on left.  For those using GPS:  Trail head is adjacent to 147 Grassy Hill Rd in East Lyme. Poor travelling conditions and cold rain cancels. 

 Local Lunch Option to follow.

 Starters: Barry Gorfain (860-705-3828)  and Debbie Tedford

10AM Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, James Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT

 “Must Get Outdoors” Hike

Please arrive at 9:45 am for Sign-In and prompt 10am hike start. Thank You!

2 – 3 hour Hike in any weather where safe driving conditions to the event permit. Terrain: Well-marked Blue trails going to woods roads with moderate hills. A “Hot Chocolate Stop” half way along will help our collective constitution return back to trailhead. After we may retire to the Vanilla Bean Restaurant.

Colder conditions in Windham Co. necessitates warm layered clothing. Remember orange hats, gloves and/or vest for hunters are about, and consider gaiters if any snow is present.  Consult Htfd weather for local forecast and adapt with micro spikes, and/or snowshoes, hiking poles, as necessary. Bring water, favorite hot beverage mix (tea, chocolate, instant coffee (for heating on leader-supplied stove), cup and snacks. Friendly, leashed pets welcome.

Directions: Meet at 9:45 AM at Goodwin State Forest Headquarters parking lot, on right, 23 Potter Rd, off Rt. 6, Hampton, CT for 10:00 AM start.

From Norwich: Interstate 395 North.   Exit 18, “Norwich, Occum, Hanover, Versailles” and turn left at end of ramp, onto CT. Rt. 97 – Taftville-Occum Rd. / Baltic Rd. Travel to second stop sign at center of Baltic.  Continue right on Rt. 97, toward Scotland, across the Shetucket River, 5-6 miles to the stop sign at Scotland center.  Continue right on Rt. 97/Rt. 14, toward Winchester – Canterbury, to the top of the first hill and turn left onto Rt. 97 – Pudding Hill Rd. for 5-6 miles to a stop sign at Rt. 6. Turn left onto Rt. 6.

After 2 miles, turn right onto Potter Rd. at hanging DEEP  CT sign, then right into the Goodwin State Forest HQs first, or second parking lot, where we will meet.

Starters: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey: 860-514-5869