Day Hike Notes – The Turkey Burner

Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Easton / Weston CTI have taken this hike every “Black Friday” for many years. It involves leaving a car at the finish and getting a ride to the start. Usually my wife gives me the ride. This year she was leading part of our family and part of her brother’s on an outing to New York City, so I thought I was scuppered. Step forward mother-in-law to save the day (equipped with GPS to get her home from the lands beyond the Saugatuck)!

Start: Jump Hill Preserve trailhead on CT 58 in Easton.
Finish: Devil’s Den Preserve parking area, Pent Road, Weston.
Route: White-blazed trail nearly to Trout Brook Valley parking area on Bradley Road, Weston, then short stretches on red and “salmon” trails to Valley Forge Road. Valley Forge Road (north, asphalt) to Davis Hill Road trailhead for Saugatuck Valley Trail. Saugatuck Valley Trail to CT 53, and directly across onto trail into Devil’s Den. To Den parking area via posts 63, 64, 66, 70, 33, 23 and 21.
Distance: Best guess, 10 mi.
Time: 5.5 hrs (10:00 – 3:30) with plenty of dilly-dallying
Terrain: Easy, well-marked trails and 0.6 mi of asphalt. A very few short, steep climbs or descents.
Maps: Aspetuck Land Trust; Saugatuck ValleyDevil’s Den

Weather: Sunny, then a few clouds. Around freezing at start, upper 30s finish.
Wildlife: Absence of wild turkeys no surprise.

Photos: Here (no log-in required).
Lunch: On a log above Saugatuck Reservoir – baguette with Manchego cheese, olives, trail mix, apple.
Ups: The whole hike, beginning to end.
Downs: None.
Kit: My wife’s neon orange rain poncho tied to my daypack. Message – “I am not a deer, Mr Hunter. Don’t shoot.”
Company: Chat with an AMC party in Trout Brook Valley. Other groups and individuals here and there, but mostly alone.

Devil's Den, Weston CT

2 thoughts on “Day Hike Notes – The Turkey Burner

  1. Great photos, Rob. One downside of living (and hiking) in Australia is that we don’t get the change of seasons you enjoy in New England. Your photos bring home that difference. Dave.

    • Thanks, Dave. The speed of the change is a surprise every year. It seems we go from fans to wood fires in a few weeks. It’s already hit the low teens this fall (-10 C to most of the world). I put my backpack away after the NH trip, but am now thinking of experimenting with a winter adventure. October to April is a too-long close season. Rob.

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