Taking a Hike – Housatonic Range Trail

On the Housatonic Range Trail

The Housatonic Range Trail between Pine Knob and Candlewood Mountain

Two subjects in this final post of 2015:

(1) Belated notice of my December column.
(2) A hiking highlight for each season of 2015.

(1) December’s “Taking a Hike” – Candlewood Mountain and Macricostas Preserve in western Connecticut – is available at Hersam Acorn as A holiday hike: New discoveries and at The Hour as Try something new – you can’t go wrong.

I still post older columns in full on this site with a 3-month delay (mouse over the “Taking a Hike” tab, and pick a year). There is now a 34-hike archive. Eighty percent of the hikes are either in Fairfield County, CT, or within a couple of hours drive. Most columns include “if you go” information like where to park, find a map, how long the hike will take etc.

(2) On now to the highlights. I have come to think of 2015 as being spoiled, hiking-wise, by knee trouble. Looking back now, I see how ungrateful that feeling is. My knee trouble did force the abandonment of what I hoped would be a culminating week of fall hiking in Baxter State Park, but otherwise the year still brought great moments in great places.

Here we go:

WINTER: Beautiful land- and skyscapes on Scotland’s Southern Upland Way in mid-January.

Southern Upland Way east of Overfingland

The Southern Upland Way east of Overfingland

SPRING: In April, meeting a school friend for the first time in 37 years, and celebrating with hikes in Shenandoah National Park.

Mike and Rob on Old Rag - Photo by Mike Mehta

Mike and Rob on Old Rag Mountain — Photo by Lou Egan.

SUMMER: In early August, finding a ledge on Table Mountain in the Catskills, and stretching out “on sun-warmed rock to watch the clouds dance’.

The Catskills Wilderness

A summer view of the Catskills wilderness

FALL: A perfect late-October morning on the “Old Growth Forest” trail at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY.

The Old Growth Forest Trail

The Old Growth Forest trail

Wishing you many and beautiful trails in 2016.

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