Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter - Greater Hartford Group

Monthly Meetings:

Meetings are held at Westmoor Park on the second Thursday of the month.  There are no meetings in July and August.  All meetings and outings are open to members and the general public.  New members are especially welcome.  Refreshments are served but please bring your own coffee mug.

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Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group
February Meeting and Presentation
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
Postponed until Wednesday March 11th at 7:30  pm

Defending Russian Nature
Fred Strebeigh, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Writing at the Yale School of Forestry, will speak on the defense (and beauty) of the world's largest system of wildlife reserves. His articles have been published in American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, E:The Environmental Magazine, New Republic, Sierra, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and the books division of National Geographic.

Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter writing
A small donation is requested.
Questions: Rich Stanley at 860-816-1705, or email me here.

Hike Bolton Notch!
Let’s hope it's feeling like spring enough to wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond on Saturday, March 21st. We meet 10:00am at the Shady Glen restaurant, 840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, on Rte. 6 on the Manchester / Bolton line.  We can have a long or short hike there by simply turning around or not. If at least one other person RSVP's
here yes only by Friday, March 20th, I won't hike closer to home instead. 

Directions: Rte. I-84 E to Rte. 384 E, exit 5, Rte. 85.  End of ramp turn left.  Go up and down hill to a light.  That is Rte. 6.  Turn left.  Restaurant c. 1.5 miles ahead on left. Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk but must be leashed as others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed.  All hikers, adults and children over 10 years old, with or without dogs, are welcome at this free drop in event as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs running about them.

Hope to see you on the trail! Take care, Renee

Hike Penwood State Park, Saturday, March 28 10am (Simsbury, CT)

Let's hope it acts like spring soon so we can wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park on Saturday March 28th at 10am. Meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance. We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!

Please RSVP here yes only by 3/26. If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead. You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield. Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178. Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185. Turn right onto Rte. 185. Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.
Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed. All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.



Barkhamsted Hike! March 29 at 1p.m. A 4.2 mile round-trip, out-and-back hike on a section of the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted. Moderate difficulty over rolling terrain with a 450 foot elevation gain, at a fast pace.  Beautiful mountain laurel lined trail, diverse forest and a pine plantation, culminating in a cliff cradling house-sized boulders with small caves. Free. All ages welcome.  No hiking experience required, but must be able to keep pace with the group. No dogs, please.  Brings snacks and water, and be prepared for slushy, muddy or snowy conditions.

From the west take Route 8 to Winsted and follow Route 44 East for 3.2 miles and turn left on Route 318 East. Continue for about 3 miles to the junction of Route 219 past the dam, and proceed east on Route 219 for 1.7 mile to a small parking area on the right, just before Hillcrest Drive. From Hartford take Route 44 West for 15-20 miles to New Hartford and turn right onto Route 219 East. Proceed to the junction with Route 318 past the dam and continue for 1.7 miles to the parking area.  Questions or carpooling contact Amanda at 860-416-0081 or email me here.