Berkshire AMC





What's new: Fall Hikes started Sept. 14th. 5 hikes posted.

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Watch this site for possible weather-related cancellations. Don't forget food and at least a quart of water.  Drink even before getting thirsty.  Good hiking boots or ridged-sole shoes are strongly recommended for all hikes at any time of year.  Also, sticks or poles are a big help on slopes and slippery terrain.   The return times for the FCE-U & local hikes are just a rough guess.  Bring a well-supplied backpack and be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. See FCE Hiking Notes.

Spring 2017 FCE Group

Boyd Woods Hike, Litchfield - 10/27/16 

Hill-Stead Museum - 2/16/17

6/1/2017 Northwest Park Hikers Photo


Thursday, Sept. 14, 8:45am, FCE Hikes Begin

Please call FCE at 860-404-0290 and register for Course NAT102 "Hikes", or click here to enroll on-line.  Distances will be about 4 - 6 miles, with back-to-cars goal before 12:30pm.  Also see Hiking Notes. 

Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield, First Hike of the Season

We'll be hiking the "top of the meadow" on Edith Morton Chase's former property that is "to be kept in a state of natural beauty." We'll cover about 3.5 to 4 miles on slight inclines, open meadows, woods and around ponds, a good first hike that should last about 2 hours. GPS address is 46 Chase Rd., Litchfield. From Rt. 4W, take Rt. 118W for 2 miles. Turn left onto Clark Rd up the hill to the stop sign. At the stop sign turn right then the first left onto Buell Rd. Take the first right onto Chase Road. There is good signage and ample parking but please carpool if possible. L: Anne Fitzgerald (860-673-1216) (Cell that day 860-221-4225).

Thursday, Sept. 21, 8:45am, FCE, Mt Lamentation Loop, Meriden

Approx 4.5 mile hike with a gradual climb to the mountain and the Mattabesett Trail and fantastic views along the ridge of Silver Lake and the Meriden hills.

To reach start of hike at Giuffrida Park: Travel west on I-84 and take 691 towards Meriden. Get off Exit 8 (Broad St); go right at the light (Broad St) and travel .4 mile to Westfield Rd. Turn right and pass under Rt 15; continue straight to intersection with Bee Street on your right. A golf course is on the left. Turn left and follow Westfield for about .1 mile to the park entrance on the left. 
L: Ed Shaskan. Tel: 860-561-0040 (H); 860-833-8009 (Cell, Day of Hike Only)

Thursday, September 28, 8:45 am, FCE, Rattlesnake Mountain, Farmington

Meet at rightmost parking lot at 440 New Britain Avenue, Plainville (Occupation Health and Rehabilitation Network), where we will then assign cars to spot and transfer hikers to Route 6 trailhead. We will then hike North to South on the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail over Rattlesnake Mountain (CWB, Map ME-4b, page 183) to 440 New Britain Avenue, aka Rte 372 (Map ME-4a, page 182). Total distance 3.7 miles (CWB pp. 165-166).

Directions to 440 New Britain Avenue: From I-84 West, take Plainville 372 Exit and right turn at traffic light. Proceed past Lowe's and shopping areas two or three lights to Occupational Health building and large parking area on right. From Route 10 in Farmington Center, drive West past Rte 6 to Y in road and traffic light; take slight left onto Cooke St. and head towards J. Timothy's Taverne (best wings in Connecticut) on corner of Rte 272, turn left and proceed past Lowe's and shopping areas to Occupational Health Building parking on right.

L: Ed Shaskan (H) 860-561-0040 (C) 860-833-8009 Hike Day

Thursday, October 5, 8:45 am, FCE, Punch Brook Loop, Burlington

Approx 4 mile hike of the Yellow Dot and Purple Dot trails that are part of the Tunxis trail in Burlington. An up and down hike in the woods with a few wet spots.

Meet at Stone Road parking lot, which is reached by traveling on Rt 4 West into Burlington. Take a left on Punch Brook and then a left on Case Road to the stop sign. Go right on the George Washington Turnpike, followed by a left on Stone Road. Continue straight on Stone Road to parking on the dirt road. 

Trail map can be found here, courtesy of the Burlington Land Trust.

L: Tom Iezzi. Tel: 860-413-2627(H); 860-856-1753(Cell,Day of Hike Only)

Thursday, Oct 12, 8:45 am, FCE - Tariffville Gorge/ Route 20 to Old Hartford Rd

Distance 3.9 miles. Meet at Old Hartford Rd; we will car spot to Rt 20 and hike N to S along ridge line. From Tariffville, take Route 189 N to bridge across Farmington River just beyond Tariffville Village. Limited parking along RT.189 with additional parking along Old Hartford Rd directly across from blue Metacomet Trail marker. Spectacular views of the Farmington River, Simsbury and Granby. See CWB W, pp. 171,172 for descriptions & pp. 191,192 for maps. L: Dick Trask 860 670 2353


Legend: AMC=Appalachian Mountain Club, AT=Appalachian Trail, BLT=Burlington Land Trust, CFPA= CT Forest & Park Assn., CL=Co-leader, CPL=Commuter Parking Lot or Carpool, CWB=CFPA's CT Walk Book (W-west or E-east), FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader, LH=Local Hike, SC=Sierra Club, U=unofficial