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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



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.

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New Haven Hiking Club
61 Eramo Terrace
Hamden, CT 06518

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Hamden, CT 06518

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Summer 2017 Activities


July

Friday, July 21   3-4 mi, class C   Lake Chamberlain, Woodbridge
Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Lake Chamberlain parking lot, 97 Sperry Road, Woodbridge, for this hike over easy terrain by a scenic reservoir. No pets are allowed on this Regional Water Authority property. Heavy rain cancels.
Trail map
Directions: Rt. 15 to Exit 59, then north on Rt. 69 for 4 miles. Left onto Morris Rd. at the Woodbridge-Bethany border (by the sign for Whitlock Farm Book Barn) to the end, then left onto Sperry Rd. The parking lot is on the right, just past the “Road Closed Ahead” sign. You CANNOT access Sperry Road via Rt. 63 (due to a locked gate on Sperry Road near Dillon Road), so take Rt. 69. From I-84, take Exit 23 to Rt. 69 South for 11.7 miles. Right onto Morris Rd. and follow above directions. Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Saturday, July 28   5-6 mi class B   New England National Scenic Trail + Lone Pine Trail
Meet 9 am at the Braemore Preserve parking lot, which is on Rt. 77 in northern Guilford opposite a red barn at address number 5000 Durham Road, Guilford, 5.2 miles north of Rte. 80. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call by 8:15 am if weather threatens. Bring liquid, and lunch. Please turn off phones. Talking while walking is very dangerous. Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373.


August

Saturday, Aug. 5   Paddle, Quinnipiac River, North Haven
Meet at 10:30 a.m. to launch by 10:50 a.m. from the Quinnipiac River Wildlife Management Area boat launch, 379 Sackett Point Rd., North Haven. The launch is accessed by a BUMPY dirt road with NO sign at Sackett Point Rd. Drive SLOWLY down this sorry excuse for a road, no more than 5 mph, otherwise you risk launching your boat from your roof! This is a moderate-paced 9-mile paddle along a meandering river, heading upriver with the incoming high tide, and returning with the outgoing tide. We will paddle into Quinnipiac River State Park if the river is not blocked by blowdowns. If that is the case, we will spend more time exploring the tidal portion of the river. The Audubon Society has designed the tidal portion of the river as an Important Bird Area due to its high concentration of migratory birds. Paddlers must provide their own kayak/canoe and other equipment, and should bring lunch, water and snacks. For your own safety, life jacket must be worn for the trip duration. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels.
Quinnipiac River canoe guide
Directions: I-91 North, Exit 9: Left on Montowese Ave., then right on Universal Drive North for 1.3 miles. Left on Sackett Point Rd. for 0.4 miles. Left on the dirt road between the metal structure at the end of the Tilcon property and the multi-styled fences for the Frankson Fence Company. The launch is a short distance from the road.
Tom Ebersold, bikehikekayak123@sbcglobal.net

Friday, August 18   STAR TREK GALACTIC CENTER
Jupiter, and Saturn and their moons will be visible as soon as it gets dark on both Friday and Saturday nights. Jupiter will be too low to see by 9 pm. If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. See our galaxy’s center and star clusters, exploded stars, galaxies. Please bring a working flashlight. The hike will explore a scale model of the Solar System. Great for kids, even much older ones. Leader has a 25-inch (mirror diameter) telescope. Dress 20 degrees warmer than temperature normally requires. Arrive at 8:00 pm or later, but call if you will arrive after 10 pm. Meeting place: 30 Birch Mill Road, Killingworth.
Directions: >From the crossing of routes 80 & 81, go north on 81 for 1.6 mi, L on Lover's Lane for .7 mi, L on Rt. 148 for .3 mi, R onto Birch Mill for .2 mi. L onto driveway after bridge. House is .2mi farther. Travel time from New Haven is 55 minutes. For coming via Durham, go south on Rt. 79, then left onto Rt. 148 for 5.5 miles. Birch Mill Road is on the left.
Captain James Fullmer 860 663 3373.

Friday, August 25   3-4 mi, class 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 scenic reservoir. No pets allowed on Regional Water Authority property. Heavy rain cancels.
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, by 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.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352

Saturday, August 26   6-7mi, class B, Lake Hammonasset
Meet 8:00 am at the Lake Hammonassett parking lot, 551 North Killingworth Rd. (Rt. 80) about .5 mi east of Madison-Killingworth town line. Flat terrain, an easy walk. If water is low (as it usually has been), we can see the exposed dry lake bottom. See fish nests and old submerged roads. See Ant Hill City, an amazingly huge group of active ant hills. Steady rain cancels. But bring rain gear anyway. Call by 7:30 am if weather threatens. Bring liquid, and lunch. Please turn off cell phones. Distracted walking is dangerous.
Map
Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373


September

Sunday, September 10   5-6 mi, cl B   Rockland Preserve to Mt. Pisgah,+ Indian Buffet
A slightly hilly loop walk with great views. At 9:00 am meet at the Rockland Preserve parking area on Rt. 79 (west side) in Madison. This is about 4 miles north of Route 80, and 1 mile S of Rt 148. 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.
Jim Fullmer 860 663 3373

Saturday, September 16   Potluck Dinner and Scheduling Meeting. Pat Rosenberg, who lives in Hamden, will be our host. Look for details by email in September.

Friday, September 22   3-4 mi, class C   Genesee, Madison
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance, 1825 Durham Rd. (Rt. 79), Madison. The hike passes over rolling woods roads and trails from the former “Little Genesee Settlement.” Heavy rain cancels.
Map
No pets are allowed on RWA property.
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

Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23   STAR TREK.   This could be Star Trek C (The BIG 100!)
If sky is nearly overcast, the event is canceled for that night only. See The Galactic Center, stellar nurseries, star clusters, exploded stars, galaxies. See Saturn with its moons and rings wide open! If you come by 7:15 pm you will see a lovely view of the crescent Moon with its dark region. Jupiter may be visible low in the sky near the Moon. Please bring a working flashlight. The hike will explore a scale model of the Solar System. Great for kids, even much older ones. Leader has a 25-inch (mirror diameter) telescope. Dress 20 degrees warmer than temperature normally requires, and you will enjoy how warm you feel! Arrive 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Meeting place: 30 Birch Mill Road, Killingworth.
Directions: From Routes 80 & 81, go north on 81 for 1.6 mi, L on Lover's Lane for .7 mi, L on Rt 148 for .3 mi, R onto Birch Mill for .2 mi, L onto driveway after bridge. House is on .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