Handy Pond Conservation Area

| January 29, 2017

Handy Pond Conservation Area

3 miles; Lincoln, RI Today’s PCHC hike was on a property I have been meaning to visit for a while. It’s a fairly newly expanded conservation area of around 300 acres in the town of Lincoln, RI. It’s a very lovely property, with lots of little hills and brooks, and Rochambeau Pond (there is no “Handy” […]

Cockaponset Trail Section 1

| January 27, 2017

Cockaponset Trail Section 1

5.6 miles; Haddam, CT So one day I was poking around on the CFPA’s interactive hiking map, and I found this one blue-blazed trail that could be completed in two sections of approximately 7.5 miles each, and there were loop trails, so it didn’t have to be an out-and-back. Psyched! Another blue-blazed trail to add to […]

Blackstone River Byway

| January 26, 2017

Blackstone River Byway

4.4 miles; Lincoln and Cumberland, RI This hike has been on my radar for a while; a trail on the opposite bank of the Blackstone from the bike path. It was only meh. Partly built on an old landfill, the trails on this side are the provinance of dirt bikers and atvs, not hikers. Still, […]

It Was Not to Be

| January 25, 2017

It Was Not to Be

3 miles; North Stonington, CT A friend and I tried 3 times to get to the Narragansett Trail area that had the Native American stonework on it (see this post from June of 2014), and were frustrated 3 times, twice by the extremely swollen Yawbux Brook, and once by the poor blazing and trail-making of the […]

Paucamack Hill

| January 21, 2017

Paucamack Hill

5.44 miles; Exeter, RI After the last very short hike, I really needed some mileage. I was also both a little tired of driving a long distance to hike, and of all of my local hikes. What to do? Long careful study of the Great Swamp Press map of Arcadia revealed, amazingly, a big swath of […]

Shenipsit Trail & Dark Hollow Brook

| January 19, 2017

Shenipsit Trail & Dark Hollow Brook

1.89 miles; South Glastonbury, CT This was another Peter Marteka-inspired hike (see this article in the Hartford Courant) in Glastonbury. And I’m ashamed to say I didn’t have the ovaries to go through the Dark Hollow Brook culverts under Route 2, so it ended up being a pretty short, albeit interesting, hike. This hike starts […]

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