Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails
If you have any questions about this event please contact Gary at 860-666-9710 or by email at email@example.com
A group of 19 excited volunteers congregated in Penwood State Park for this year’s Fall Trail Maintainer Workshop. The leaves were yellow and the weather was perfect! Our focus was to restore and repair approximately 150 ft of stone steps on a 45- degree slope that were built approximately 100 years ago. Time and weather had made this part of the Metacomet Trail dangerous and virtually impassable.
Saturday is definitely a washout; we're hoping it will clear for Sunday same time, same place. If it is raining still we will cancel and let you know as soon as our guide clears a new date with his team, but hope to see you all Sunday at the pavilion in Penwood State Park. Look for the CFPA signs off Route 185.
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.