PLEASE NOTE this press release has been corrected to reflect a change in plans for the May 17 hike.
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Newtown Hikers has released its schedule for the remainder of the 2014 spring season.
Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee.
Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department to sign a release. Call the hike leader for information regarding hike details, location, etc. Hikes can vary from easy to challenging; most being moderate.
Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Dress for the weather. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are recommended for all hikes.
Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Some trails do not allow dogs; check with the hike leader if planning to bring a dog.
Some hikes and drive time can be four to six hours total.
Start time is 9 am at the lower (rear) parking lot of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
Hikers should be prompt. The group tries to car pool as much as possible, as some trail parking lots are small.
Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or weather concerns (in parentheses at the end of each listing below).
Most hikes are moderate with some elevation. More difficult hikes with rock scrambling are be noted within their listings, below.
May 10: Four Lakes, Oxford (hike leader is Tim Hanbury, 203-888-3025);
May 17: Break Neck Ridge, Route 9D, Cold Spring, N.Y., strenuous hike with rock climbing, bring two water bottles (hike leader is Jim Steck, 845-621-5559 or 914-806-4109);
May 24: mystery hike (Crysta Troiani, 203-751-0297);
May 31: Tarrywile Park, Danbury (Mark Jones, 203-894-9534);
June 7: White Memorial, Litchfield (Nancy Ziegler, 203-732-2618);
June 14: Pine Knob Loop, Cornwall, views and minor rock climbing; lunch on rock ledge, coffee in Kent (Linda Dunn, 203-207-1765);
June 21: Osbornedale State Park, Derby, short hike and end of season cookout; call Sally Cox to coordinate food (203-426-9903).