Taking a Hike

“Taking a Hike” is my monthly column in The Hour of Norwalk, Connecticut, and Hersam Acorn Newspapers.

The three most recent articles – first paragraphs only – are listed below. You can click through to continue reading online.

Older, full articles (with practical hike information) are listed when you mouse over the Taking a Hike and year tabs above.

(57) PEOPLES STATE FOREST  – August 2017

The Trailhead on East River Road, Barkhamsted

Jessie Gerard Trailhead, Barkhamsted CT

What is your favorite Connecticut state park? Readers of this column will likely have one. Sherwood Island for a stroll beside the Sound? Maybe Sleeping Giant for a hair-raising scramble up a huge traprock head? For me, it’s the secluded wooded valley and enveloping hills of Macedonia Brook west of Kent.

Now, what about your favorite state forest? Harder. State forests don’t get much hiker recognition. We walk the Appalachian Trail, not thinking about Housatonic State Forest which it passes through. If we hike at Squantz Pond, we may forget that the woods there belong to a forest called Pootatuck. My column this month will give pride of place to a state forest and make the bold claim that it contains one of Connecticut’s very best views. Here we go.

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(56) SAUGATUCK TRAIL – July 2017

Crossing Redding's Little River on the Saugatuck Trail

Crossing Redding’s Little River on the Saugatuck Trail

Sunshine dappled the foliage and the ferns on the forest floor. The fragments of sky visible through the canopy were blue. It was warm and a bit sticky, but not steamy hot. I was a short way down the Saugatuck Trail from its Easton, Black Rock Turnpike end, and so far was liking this hike quite well. Then two mishaps happened, one after the other.

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(55) SILVER LAKE WILDERNESS – June 2017

Vlei, Silver Lake Wilderness, Northville-Placid Trail

Vlei, Silver Lake Wilderness

Some animals — daddy bears, for example — spend most of their adult lives alone. We humans are not like that. No matter how much we may say we want peace and space, being truly separated from others of our species for any length of time runs deeply against the grain of our makeup. Last month, I took a hike in a New York wilderness that became two days and two nights of uninterrupted solitude. I am not claiming a Robinson Crusoe-like experience, but it was a revealing outing nonetheless.

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