Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil’s Den, Weston CT – February 24th

AMC-logoJoin me if you can this Friday afternoon for an Appalachian Mountain Club CT Chapter hike in the Devil’s Den. Details from the AMC announcement below. C2C means <5 miles, fast pace, average terrain. There is no need to be an AMC member. Despite the picture, we should be snow-free.

Fri., Feb. 24. Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil’s Den, Weston (C2C). Looks as if our snow and ice will melt completely this week. Let’s take an afternoon hike in the Devil’s Den with a chance of enjoying the sinking sun on the ridge traversed by the Hiltebeitel Trail.  We’ll cover 3.5-4.0 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 1.5 hrs, stopping at vistas along the way. Muddy sections possible. Meet Pent Road parking area (41.237020, -73.396220) 3:45 p.m. for 3:55 sharp departure. Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob if you would like to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot next to Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Only heavy rain/snow cancels. L Rob McWilliams (203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams@gmail.com).

Sinking sun on the Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil's Den

Sinking sun on the Hiltebeitel Trail

Ambler Gorge, Devil’s Den, Weston CT – January 27th

AMC-logoJoin me if you can this Friday afternoon for an Appalachian Mountain Club CT Chapter hike in the Devil’s Den. Details from the AMC announcement below. C2C means <5 miles, moderate pace, average terrain. There is no need to be an AMC member.

Fri., Jan. 27. Ambler Gorge, Devil’s Den, Weston (C2C). Friday’s forecast is good, and after recent rain the Den’s water features should be in full flow. We will take an afternoon hike to Ambler Gorge and back, taking in streams, ledges, and the rocky chasm itself. We’ll cover approximately 3.0 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 1.5 hrs, stopping at vistas on the Ambler Trail. Muddy sections possible. Meet Pent Road parking area (41.237020, -73.396220) 3:00 p.m. for 3:15 sharp departure. Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob if you would like to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot next to Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Heavy rain/snow cancels. L Rob McWilliams (203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams at gmail.com).

ambler-gorge

Ambler Gorge, Devil’s Den

Evening Hike, Bennett’s Pond and Pine Mountain, Ridgefield CT – April 15th

AMC-logoJoin me if you can this Friday for an Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter hike in Bennett’s Pond State Park and Pine Mountain open space. Details from the AMC announcement below.

B2B means 5-8 miles, fast pace, strenuous terrain, although we will be very close to C3C (<5 miles, moderate pace, average terrain). There is no need to be an AMC member. 

Fri., Apr. 15. Bennett’s Pond and Pine Mountain, Ridgefield (B2B). 

Mark TGIF with an evening hike to a scenic overlook (Ives Site). We will hike through Bennett’s Pond State Park into Pine Mountain open space, covering approximately 5.0 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 2.5 hrs. (including break at overlook). There is one steep ascent, and one steep descent. Short muddy sections possible. Meet Bennett’s Pond SP parking (41.328538, -73.481169) on Bennetts Farm Road, Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m. for 4:45 sharp departure (sunset is 7:34 p.m.).

L Rob McWilliams, 203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams@gmail.com. Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob if interested to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot near Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Heavy rain cancels.

Pine Mountain Scenic Overlook

The scenic overlook – same hike on the same date last year!

Evening Hike, Devil’s Den, Weston CT – May 20th

AMC-logoJoin me if you can on Wednesday for an Appalachian Mountain Club CT Chapter hike in the Devil’s Den. Details from the AMC announcement below.

C2C means <5 miles, fast pace, average terrain. There is no need to be an AMC member. Bugs likely.

Sunset on HiltebeitelWed., May 20. “Sunset on Hiltebeitel” (C2C) , Devil’s Den, Weston CT. Good forecast, let’s take an evening hike in the Devil’s Den Preserve with a view to enjoying the sinking sun on the ridge traversed by the Hiltebeitel Trail. We’ll cover 3.5-4.0 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 1.5 hrs, stopping at vistas along the way. Meet Pent Road parking area 6:00 p.m. for 6:15 sharp departure. NOTE THAT GODFREY ROAD BRIDGE IS OUT. YOU WILL NEED TO APPROACH PENT ROAD FROM THE EAST (NEWTOWN TURNPIKE / RTE 53). Lead Rob McWilliams (203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams@gmail.com). Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot next to Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Heavy rain cancels.

 

Evening Hike, Bennett’s Pond and Pine Mountain, Ridgefield CT – April 15th

AMC-logoJoin me if you can tomorrow for an Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter hike in Bennett’s Pond State Park and Pine Mountain open space. Details from the AMC announcement below.

B2B means 5-8 miles, fast pace, strenuous terrain, although we will be very close to C3C (<5 miles, moderate pace, average terrain). There is no need to be an AMC member.

Wed., Apr. 15. Bennett’s Pond and Pine Mountain, Ridgefield (B2B), Connecticut, West of River, CT. Make the most of forecast sunny skies with an evening hike to a scenic overlook (Ives Site). We will hike through Bennett’s Pond State Park into Pine Mountain open space, covering approximately 5.0 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 2.5 hrs (including break at overlook). There is one steep ascent, and one steep descent. Short muddy sections possible. Meet Bennett’s Pond SP parking on Bennetts Farm Road, Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m. for 4:45 sharp departure (sunset is 7:33 p.m.) Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob if interested to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot near Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Heavy rain cancels. L Rob McWilliams (203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams@gmail.com)

Bennett Ponds from Pine Mountain, Ridgefield CT

Bennett Ponds from Pine Mountain, Ridgefield CT

Taking a Hike – Solo Hiking, Group Hiking

The Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil's Den, Weston CT -- destination of one of my AMC hikes

The Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil’s Den, Weston CT — destination of one of my AMC hikes

“Taking a Hike”, my monthly column, has now been published for October at both The Hour and Hersam-Acorn Arts & Leisure. It’s a bit of a ramble (appropriate, I suppose) on the pros and cons of hiking alone versus in company; and how I have started to appreciate social hiking more, helped along by two fun group hikes I organized for the AMC at the Devil’s Den in Weston, CT.

July’s “Taking a Hike” – a very solitary walk in the Catskill Mountains – is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2014: “Jul – Panther Mountain” – or by clicking here). Thinking back to its voiceless woods, I know I will never give up solo hiking entirely. There are photos for this hike here.

Sunrise Hike, Devil’s Den, Weston CT – October 31st

AMC-logoJoin me if you can on another Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter hike in the Devil’s Den. Details from the AMC announcement below.

B2C means 5-8 miles, fast pace, average terrain. There is no need to be an AMC member.

Fri., Oct. 31. Weston Great Ledge, Devil’s Den, Weston (B2C), West of River, CT. Set yourself up for Friday and Halloween with a brisk, crack-of-dawn hike. We will hike out to the Weston Great Ledge, break for breakfast with a view, then retrace our steps.  We’ll cover approximately 6.5 miles of mostly gentle grades in about 3 hrs (including break). Meet Pent Road parking area 7:15 a.m. for 7:30 sharp departure. Co-Lead welcome. Call Rob if interested to car-pool from Rte 7 commuter parking lot next to Orem’s Diner, Wilton. Heavy rain cancels. L Rob McWilliams (203-434-0297, robert.c.mcwilliams@gmail.com)