Northern Connecticut Land Trust Calendar of Events: Hike/Walk/Paddle/Program & Work Parties

2016 Board of Directors Meetings held at Hall Memorial Library, Ellington except where noted.  First Monday of each Month.  WELCOME ARE ALL NCLT MEMBERS.  Please contact to confirm meeting date/time.   The Board would welcome your comments, suggestions and any input while you observe the Board in action.


Sun. March 20- Sunset / Moonlight at Skyline – 5:45 PM - moonrise at 4:30, sunset at 7:00. We will hike around Trust’s 65 acre Skyline Scenic Area on Stafford Rd near Somers/Stafford line. We will enjoy the sunset and beautiful view across valley towards Springfield from atop the mountain, have a snack if you would like to bring one, then return by the light of the moon. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83 and carpool to the site.  For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487.
Sun. May 8- Mother's Day hike on McCann Family Farm - 10:00 AM. Comfortable trail walk thru field and forest. Good bird-watching habitat. Mothers bring the kids – kids bring your mother!  Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83.  For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487
Sat. June 4- Trails Weekend - 10:00 AM - We will follow blazed trails through the Land Trust’s premier 200+ acre, Whitaker Woods property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture. This approximately 5 mile, one way, hike will be scenic, with bridge crossings and beautifully constructed and well preserved stone walls. There will be the opportunity to loop back to the trail head for a shorter hike. From the Land Trust property we will continue on Somers Trail Committee and Shenipsit State Forest trails to the Soapstone Mountain Lookout. There will be transportation back to the trail head. We will discuss the natural and land use history as well as local wildlife along the way. Meet behind the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190, near the intersection of Rt. 83 in the center of Somers. We will car pool to the trailhead.  For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487,    
Sat.  June 4  - Trails Weekend - 10:00 AM - Join Vernon Parks and Recreation on an easy pace hike through Vernon’s newest State-owned open space. See the Tankerhoosen WMA and the first identified native trout stream, three ponds and the remains of two cabins. The hike will go south from the commuter parking lot (I-84, Exit 67) on the Shenipsit Trail around Walker Reservoir West. We will turn around at 1.9 miles and return on forest paths along the trout stream and Walker Reservoir East to the CPL at 3.7 miles. Walking time about 2 ½ hrs. Dogs must be on leash. Leader is trail manager George Arthur,, 860-871-0137. Co-leader is Karl Hasel from Northern CT Land Trust. 
Sat. June 18 - Hike at Ernie Boothroyd Preserve, Ellington. -  10:00 AM. The 58 acre Ernie Boothroyd Preserve was acquired by NCLT in 2010. Last year our stewardship volunteers created a loop trail to showcase the property. This will be an easy 1.2 mile walk with stops to look at and discuss items of interest along the way. Boothroyd Preserve is covered with Mountain Laurel which will hopefully be in bloom. Directions: From the junction of Rte. 140 and Tolland Ave. in Stafford Springs take Tolland Ave south for 1.5 miles. The Boothroyd Preserve is on the right. If coming from the south; from the Tolland Green take Old Stafford Road (becomes Tolland Turnpike) 4.8 miles north to Ernie Boothroyd Preserve on the left. For further information contact leader Richard Bailey at 860-749-0061,
Sat. Sept. 24 - Bald Mtn. Preserve, Somers - 10:00 AM – We will hike through two Land Trust properties as well as Town of Somers and State of CT properties. These comprise the Bald Mountain Preserve, which includes the entire summit of the tallest of the surrounding mountains. Foliage should be starting to turn. The trails are steep and rocky in some places but not difficult with good shoes. The distance will be about 2 1/2 miles. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190, near the intersection of Rt. 83. For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487
Sat., Oct. 1 -- The 4th Annual Talcottville Gorge/Falls and Vernon Rail Trail circular hike. Moderate effort rambling walk of 2 miles along the scenic and historic site brook and view the falls off Dobson Rd. This very popular event takes attendees on a history/geology/archeological tour of this fascinating area – a jewel in the Vernon/Talcottville area. 1:00 pm at the Talcottville Congregational Church on Elm Street. Call Gail at 860-872-9367 for information.
Sun., October 16 -– Fall foliage along Railroad Brook gorge in Vernon. Hike thru the Trust’s Andrew Webster Knapp property to the Rails-to-trails, then up to the ridge overlooking Valley Falls Park and Railroad Brook for some beautiful scenery. Fairly challenging walk with up and down steep slopes, 1 to 1 ½ hours. Meet at the Valley Falls parking lot off Valley Falls Road at 9:00 AM. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for further information
Sun. October 16 - Skyline Scenic Area - 10:00 AM - Foliage hike with great views of the valley to the west. On Stafford Rd. near Somers/Stafford line.  . Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83 and carpool to the site.  For questions contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487 
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