“Hiking” Greenwich Point Park,
6 Tod’s Driftway, Greenwich
Thursday, December 1, 2016
We will be walking Greenwich Point Park on Thursday, December1 at 10.30 am. Note that this is an hour later than our usual start time of 9.30 am.
Greenwich Point is a beautiful peninsula surrounded on three sides by Long Island Sound. The walking trail is completely flat and does not require any special skills other than a desire to walk amid some pretty spectacular scenery. We will be doing the full circuit of about 3 miles in about 1 ½ hours.
Following the walk we will have lunch at the highly recommended Italian Restaurant Applausi Osteria Toscana,199 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, Conn. Take a look at the menu here.
Directions: Google Greenwich Point for the best directions.
Take Exit 5 off the South bound I-95. At the end of the exit ramp make a sharp right onto Rt 1 and then at the first traffic light make a right onto Sound Beach Road. Continue on Sound Beach for 1.8 miles, then at the T junction make right on Shore Road which becomes Tods Driftway after 1.3 miles. You enter Greenwich Point Park through a stone gateway and park in the first parking lot on the right where we will meet.
This park is open only for Greenwich Residents during the season, but this being off-season anyone can enter. However incoming cars are checked to make sure there are no dogs as they are not allowed in the park.
Clothing: It is usually quite windy at Greenwich Point and will probably be chilly as well. Be appropriately clad. Walking will warm you up and it should be invigorating and fun. All are welcome.
( Rain date: Friday December 2 at 10.30am)
Contact: Sunil Saksena 203-561-8601
Join us Thursday
October 27 November 3 as we hike a portion of the Westchester Wilderness Walk at the 150-acre Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge, NY ― near the North Stamford border. We’ll be at Zofnass during height of the changing leaves in an undeveloped area noted for its beautiful rock outcroppings, upland forests, wetlands and ancient stone walls. We’ll hike about 3 ½ miles of the preserve’s 8 miles of trails.
And after the hike we’ll reward ourselves with lunch at the nearby Long Ridge Tavern on Long Ridge Road in North Stamford.
Invite your wife or significant other to join us both for this special hike ― and for lunch.
Because parking is extremely limited at the Zofnass Preserve we’ll meet at the Long Ridge Tavern at 9:30 a.m. and car pool the five minute drive to trail head.
Directions to Long Ridge Tavern, 2635 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903.
― Merritt Parkway, exit 34, Long Ridge Road (CT 104)
― Drive north on Long Ridge Road (CT 104) 3.8 miles to Long Ridge Tavern
― Long Ridge Tavern will be on the right
― Meet in the parking lot
Cell service in Zofnass is limited, so if you need to contact hike leader Rich Sabreen the day of the hike try 917-951-8267 before we leave the Tavern about 9:30 a.m.
The Leon Levy Preserve was established approximately 10 years ago when the 400 acre Bell property was purchased by the Westchester Land Trust. The hiking trails here are wide, well maintained, well marked and range from an easy to a light moderate level of difficulty.
See: Leon Levy Preserve
We have chosen this particular hike to encourage wide participation. The hike should appeal to hikers of all levels of experience. We welcome spouses and significant others: they will enjoy this hike.
We will start at 9.30am, hike for perhaps 3.5 miles and be done by approximately 12 noon.
Following the hike, an optional lunch will be at Chef Luis in the heart of downtown New Canaan.
See: Chef Luis
The best directions can be had by googling 45 Smith Ridge Road in South Salem, NY. This is a private home on Route 123 very close to the Preserve. In fact, a few yards from their mailbox is a brown sign saying the the Leon Levy Preserve is just ahead on the left. There is ample parking.
For those traveling from Darien, you will basically being going up Mansfield Ave (Route 124) into New Canaan and there connect to Route 123 N which is Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan. Proceed on Route 123 N well into New York State till you see the mailbox for 45 Smith Ridge Road in South Salem and spot the Leon Levy sign mentioned above.
Rain date: Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Contact for this hike: Sunil Saksena, 2035618601; email@example.com
Mianus River Gorge
On Thursday, April 21, we will return to the Mianus River Gorge. The Gorge is a 750-acre preserve of old-growth forest that was established sixty years ago as the first land project of The Nature Conservancy.
The trails roughly parallel the river at a higher elevation. Among the interesting features is an abandoned quarry where mica, quartz, and feldspar were mined in the 19th century. For more details see www.mianus.org/visit-the-gorge/planning-your-visit/.
The Mianus River Gorge is located nearby in Bedford, NY, not far from the Stamford border. To reach it:
• Take Exit 34 from the Merritt Parkway.
• Drive North on Route 104 (Long Ridge Road) towards Bedford for 7.5 miles.
• Turn left onto Miller’s Mill Road. If you hit Route 172 and the Mobil gas station, you’ve gone too far.
• Left on Mianus River Road after crossing the bridge.
• Drive about ½ mile on dirt road. Entrance to the parking lot is on the left–just across the street from 167 Mianus River Road.
Be cautious! It is easy to miss Miller’s Mill Road. Check your odometer when you exit the Merritt so you will know when you have traveled 7.5 miles. A helpful landmark on the right is Twin Lakes Drive, which comes just before Miller’s Mill Road.
The hike is about 4 miles, and will take us 2½ – 3 hours. Those who wish to hike at a slower pace will have a 3-mile option. As always, wives are welcome.
We will meet at the Gorge parking lot at 9:50 a.m. and begin the hike at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards there will be an optional lunch.
The first hike of the season is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2016. We will be hiking the Trout Brook Valley Preservation Area in Weston, Ct. This is an 1100 acre preserve that has several trails classified as hard, medium and easy. We will be exploring a combination of medium and easy trails totaling about 4 miles.
We will be using the Bradley Road entrance to the park in Weston. However, since parking at the trailhead is limited, we will meet instead at the commuter parking lot just off Exit 41 on the North bound Merritt Parkway. This lot is along the curving Exit 41 ramp and can be entered by
making a right turn from the ramp itself.
We will meet there at 9:45 am, pool and depart for the trail at 9:50 am. It should take us 15 minutes to reach the trail head.
After the hike we expect to be back at this lot by 12:30 pm and we will then proceed for lunch(optional) at a nearby restaurant.
As usual, spouses and friends are welcome to join the hike.
Meet at: Commuter parking lot off exit 41(Merritt Parkway)
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 9:45 am
This hike originally scheduled for Thursday December 3 has been postponed by a day to Friday December 4, 2015 to allow the trails to dry out from the rain earlier in the week.
The 400 acre Mianus River Park straddles the towns of Stamford and Greenwich and is owned jointly by them. We hiked here last year but this time we will be attempting a different, more interesting trail. We will hike approximately 4.5 miles and, starting at 10am, be done by about 12.30 pm.
As usual, participation from spouses, significant others and friends is welcome.
The hike will be followed by lunch at a Stamford restaurant (optional).
Date : Friday, December 4, 2015
Time : 10 am
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the Stamford entrance of the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane, off Westover Road
Parking. : lower level, just below the large red cabin on the right side of Merriebrook
Website for directions and trail map: www.friendsofmianusriverpark.org.
You can also search Merriebrook Lane in Stamford on Google Maps for directions or follow these directions:
- Heading towards NYC on the Merritt take exit 33 on to Den Road.
- Then take the first left onto Bangall Road and a
- Left again on to Riverbank Rd. This turns slightly right and becomes Westover Road.
- After 1.2 miles, make a right on to Merriebrook Lane (careful, it’s easy to miss this turn).
- The park entrance is at the end of Merriebrook.
Contact. : Sunil Saksena.
mailto: ssaksena firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first hike of the season is scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Thursday October 29 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.Located in Cross River(Pound Ridge) this is a 4000 acre park with 42 miles of trails over varied terrain. We will select a trail approximately 4 to 5 miles in length and the hike should take about 2 ½ to 3 hours. The trails are wide, well maintained and well marked. The hike will be followed by lunch(optional) at Blind Charlie’s Cafe in Downtown PoundRidge. Spouses, significant others, friends and guests are welcome to join the hike.
No entrance fee is charged of seniors during the week in the off-season and there is plenty of parking available. We plan to assemble at 10.00 am at the parking lot near the entrance of the park (where the ticket booth is located). There are restrooms here. At 10.10 am we will proceed as a group by car to the trailhead which is a short distance past the ticket booth on Michigan Road.
This hike is led by Sunil Saksena who can be reached at 203-561-8601(cell) or email@example.com
- Take exit 35 off the Merritt Parkway and proceed north on High Ridge Road( Rt 137 N).
- Continue on Rt 137 North for approx 8.5 miles and bear left at the fork towards Pound Ridge onto Stone Hill Road which is still Rt 137N.
- Continue till theT-junction at the end of Rt137 N and then make a right turn towards Cross River onto Old Post Road (Rt 121N) . After about 2.9 miles make a right turn just past the Baptist Church located at 1789 Old Post Road.. This right turn is clearly marked as the entrance to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
- Proceed on this road (Reservation Road) till you reach the ticket booth.
( the distance from Exit 35 on the Merritt to the ticket booth is just under 14 miles and will take about 30 min depending on traffic).
Official address of the Park is 4 Reservation Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Join us for Hiking in the Babcock Preserve on Thursday May 14, 2015
The Babcock Preserve is a 300-acre tract of forested land in Greenwich, north of the Merritt Parkway. It is the largest park in Greenwich and comprises several hiking trails over a relatively easy terrain. It was acquired by the Town of Greenwich in 1972, partially by gift, and partially by purchase from the Babcock Family.
Wives and significant others are welcome
Meeting Place and Time
We meet on Thursday, May 14 at 10am at the Babcock Preserve entrance.
The hike should be done by 12.30 and, for those interested, will be followed by beer and lunch at a nearby restaurant.
For any questions, please call Sunil Saksena on his cell at 203 561 8601, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the south-bound Merritt Parkway take Exit 31 (North St). At the top of the exit ramp make a left turn on to North St-north. About half a mile down the road on the left will be the clearly marked entrance to Babcock Preserve. There is ample parking.
Zofnass Family Preserve
We will hike in the Zofnass Family Preserve on Thursday, April 23, 2015. This 150-acre preserve is held by the Westchester Land Trust and encompasses forests, rock outcroppings, streams, lakes, and wetlands. It is located in Pound Ridge, NY, near the Stamford border.
Our route will traverse about 3½ miles. Parking is limited, so we will gather near the homes of Scott Hutchason and Rich Sabreen at 9:45, then carpool to the preserve. Following the hike, those who wish to do so, we will continue to a local restaurant for lunch.
Wives and significant others are encouraged to join us!
Directions to meeting place:
- From the Merritt Parkway exit 34
- Proceed 3.0 miles north on Long Ridge Road
- Right 0.5 miles on Old Long Ridge Road
- Right 0.5 miles on Mill Road
- Left on Mill Spring Lane
- Proceed to end
- For GPS use 121 Mill Spring Lane, Stamford
For more Information contact Scott Hutchason, email@example.com,
Zofnass Family Preserve
Our first hike for 2014-15 is scheduled for Thursday, September 11 in the 400 acre Mianus River Park which straddles the towns of Stamford and Greenwich and is owned jointly by them. Those who hiked the Mianus River Gorge last year may be particularly interested in exploring the trails on this downstream stretch of the river. We will hike approximately 4 miles and, starting at 10am, be done by about 12.30 pm.
As usual, participation by spouses, significant others and friends is welcome. The hike will be followed by lunch at a Stamford restaurant (optional).
Meet in the parking lot at the Stamford entrance of the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane, off Westover Road. Park on the lower level, just below the large red cabin on the right side of Merriebrook Lane.
The Mianus River begins its spectacular 20-mile journey to Long Island Sound by flowing north into Bedford, NY near the Greenwich border. Geologists say that the Mianus originally continued north to the Hudson River. However, during the last Ice Age, rock deposits from melting glaciers forced the river to turn south just below Bedford’s Indian Hill. Today, the river flows south-southeast from Bedford through Mianus River Gorge Preserve and into Stamford.
Between Westover Road and Valley Road, the river turns southwest into Greenwich, where it flows through Mianus Pond, over a dam near Rt. 1 into Cos Cob Harbor and, finally into Long Island Sound
At 1,756 acres, Devil’s Den is The Nature Conservancy’s largest preserve in Connecticut. It is located in Weston about 6 miles north of Merritt Parkway exit 42.
We are using the Rain date — Friday, June 6, 10:00 am.
Hike will be approx. 3.5 miles
Optional lunch afterward at Red Barn.
Wives and significant others welcome.
For GPS navigation enter the address “33 Pent Road, Weston, CT 06883.”
From the Merritt Parkway
- Take exit 42 north on Route 57 for 3.8 miles to the blinking light.
- Continue straight on Route 53 (be sure not to continue on Route 57, which forks to the left) toward Redding 1.7 miles to the next traffic light.
- Turn left on Godfrey Road.
- Continue for a half-mile, then
- Turn right on Pent Road, which dead-ends at the preserve’s main parking area.