Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails
DATE CHANGE - Sunday Oct. 25. (Due to rain forecasted.) Join CFPA on the MMM trail in Simsbury/Bloomfield area for a unique experience. We are going to repair an amazing 150 feet of stone steps on the Metacomet Trail that were created by the CCC back in the 1930s. After 80 years of New England weather with the freezing and thawing we are all familiar with, they are virtually impassable. This workshop will be lead by Gary St. Amand and his experienced crew leaders from the Ragged Mountain Foundation. They will teach us how to select, move and install rocks to recreate these historic steps that will last at least another 80 years.
Space will be limited to the first 12 registrants. Please call Terri Peters at 860-346-2372 to pre-register.
Meet at 8:30am at the pavilion in Penwood State Park, Bloomfield. Bring water, snacks, lunch, work gloves, sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for outdoor work. Tools will be provided. Rain date is Sunday, October 25th. For further information please contact workshop coordinators Harry and Weezie Perrine at 860-569-6690 or email perrineh2 at asme dot org
Directions to Penwood State Park: From I-84: take I-91 North and follow directions below. From I-91: Take exit 35B which is the Bloomfield Route 218 exit. This road is also known as Cottage Grove Rd. Follow Cottage Grove Rd heading West until you reach Route 185. Turn Right on Route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill look for the entrance to Penwood State Park on the Right before the Simsbury town line. Proceed through parking lot and gate following signs to the pavilion.
Trail Maintenance, Bridge work. We will be pruning and rebuilding log bridges. Bring pruners and water. Rain or shine. Leader: Chris Lawton, 860-859-0067.
Meet at 9:00 am at the Uncas Pond picnic area. From the junction of Route 82 and Route 156 in East Haddam, proceed south on Route 156 for 4.9 miles. The entrance for Nehantic State Forest is on the left.
Trail Maintenance. 8:30 am until noon. We will trim overgrown brush and update blazes on the Laurel Loop and Pachaug/Nehantic Crossover Trails north of Green Falls Pond in Pachaug State Forest. Bring pruning loppers, work gloves and attire of working in thick brush and prickers. Will arrange to have loppers on hand, but bring some if you have them. Rain date September 27.
Meet at 8:30 am at the Green Falls Pond Beach Parking Lot. From the junction of Route 216 and Route 49 in North Stonington, go north on Route 49 4.9 miles and turn right on Sand Hill Road. In .8 mile, this becomes Green Falls Road. Proceed into the Pachaug State Forest to the pond.
Trail Maintenance. Work on relocation of Shenipsit Trail. Work will include waterbars, solving drainage problems by turnpiking with some rock work, and side-hilling. Bring Gloves, water and wear hiking boots. Rain date September 27.
Meet at 8:30 am at the parking area on Birch Mountain Road in Glastonbury .3 miles from Hebron Avenue/Route 94 (parking area on right).