Rock Spring Nature Preserve

Location: Hampton, CT Links: AllTrails; The Nature Conservancy; trail map Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2019 Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 4.5 miles; 4 hours Stats: Approximately 11,350 steps; 45 floors Weather: SUNNY!!! light, cool breeze; 35-55 degrees F Today was a gorgeous day for a hike! Started off a little bit cool, but some good hill … Continue reading Rock Spring Nature Preserve

Mansfield Hollow State Park and Wildlife Area

Location: Mansfield, CT Links: CT DEEP; Trail Map PDF; AllTrails (Lake Loop Trail); PDF marked with our hike Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 7 miles; 4.5 hours Stats: Approximately 17,700 steps; 67 floors Weather: Mostly sunny; 20-30 degrees F We began our hike in the parking area off Bassett Bridge Road. My fingers … Continue reading Mansfield Hollow State Park and Wildlife Area

Sauntering Up Peaked Mountain

Location: Peaked Mountain, Monson, MA Links: Trustees; Trail Map PDF Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2018 Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 3.5-4 miles; 2 hours Stats: Just over 10,000 steps; 53 floors Weather: Overcast; 30 degrees F; snow flurries John Muir is quoted as saying “I don't like either the word [hike] or the … Continue reading Sauntering Up Peaked Mountain

Blue Clear Sky on Mt. Misery

Location: Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT Links: Trail Map PDF (I recommend picking up an actual map from the Forest Headquarters Office-here's a picture of the trails surrounding Mt. Misery from that map); AllTrails; CT DEEP Date: October 18th, 2018 Time: 9 am – 12:30 pm Hike Duration: 5-5.5 miles; 3.5 hours Stats: About 12,000 steps; … Continue reading Blue Clear Sky on Mt. Misery

CCC Trail – Natchaug State Forest

Location: Eastford, CT Links: AllTrails; Trail Map 1; Trail Map 2; Our Map Date: April 26, 2018 Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Hike Duration: 3 hours; 4 miles Fitness Stats: 10,500 steps; 35 floors Weather: Partly cloudy; 55-65 degrees F This is one of those hikes we've done multiple times. The maps online can … Continue reading CCC Trail – Natchaug State Forest

Nipmuck State Forest: Ridge Trail and Breakneck Pond

Location: Union, CT Links: CT DEEP; Map PDF; AllTrails Date: March 1, 2018 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 3.5 hours; 5.4 miles Weather: GORGEOUS! Partly sunny; 40-60 degrees F Notes: There is a seasonal/holiday parking fee for non-CT residents at Bigelow Hollow State Park. I think it most likely runs from Memorial … Continue reading Nipmuck State Forest: Ridge Trail and Breakneck Pond

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Sharon, MA Links: MA Audubon; Trails at Moose Hill; Trail Map PDF Date: February 15, 2018 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Hike Duration: 2.5 hours; about 3 miles (?) Weather: Completely overcast, foggy, 45 degrees F, muddy trails This was a return to one of my old stomping grounds. Before Dennis and I … Continue reading Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary