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FEBRUARY 26, Wednesday 10 A.M. JACOB’S FARM LOOP (2 miles)
Treat yourself to a mid-week pick-me-up with this easy hike in a winter wonder woodland. If we’re lucky there will be some snow on the ground, but even without a snowy adornment, the trail offers the quiet beauty of a natural environment. Meet in the parking lot on Red Dirt Road about ¼ mile east of Accabonac Highway. Leader: Eva Moore 631-238-5134 or day of hike 631-681-4774.
MARCH 1, Saturday 10 A.M NAPEAGUE PINES (8 miles)
Napeague is the sandy, pine-clothed isthmus that connects Montauk to the rest of the South Fork. Walt Whitman called it “cheerless.” But you will come to appreciate the subtle beauty of these pitch pine woods. A moderate pace. Bring food and liquids. Weather does not cancel. Meet on the south side of Napeague Meadow Road off Route 27, at curve where dirt driveway turns off to lead to
LIPA electric substation. Leader Rick Whalen 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539
MARCH 7 , Friday 10 A.M. DUKE/BOYS HARBOR LOOP (2 miles)
Join us for a short hike through the former Boys Harbor campground. We will walk down to the water’s edge of Three Mile Harbor and loop back through the woodlands along Hands Creek. Meet at the pull-off area in front of the “Three Mile Harbor County Park” sign on Springy Banks Road.
Leader: Andrew Gaites 631-379-4549
MARCH 8, Saturday 10 A.M. GRASSY HOLLOW/GRACE ESTATE (5 miles)
Amble along the centuries old cart tracks and picturesque footpaths of Grassy Hollow and The Grace Estate. Water views abound along this three hour loop. Meet at the School House Plaque parking area on Northwest Road, approximately one mile north of the Old Northwest Road/Northwest Road intersection. Leader: Richard Poveromo 631-283-4591 or day of hike 917-584-7280
MARCH 15, Saturday 10 A.M. BIG REED POND AND INDIAN FIELDS (7-8 miles)
This hardy and diverse hike includes woodland trails, open fields, beach walking and a panoramic view. We will also stop at a Montauk Indian Village site and other historically significant areas. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Big Reed Pond parking area off East Lake Drive approximately 2 miles north of the intersection with Route 27 in Montauk.
Leader: Victoria Von Frank 631-324-8750 or day of hike 631-487-4506
MARCH 25, Tuesday 10 A.M. SEALL HAUL OUT TRAIL (2.5 miles)
Come April, our fin-footed friends from Canada will be heading back north; now is a great time to view the seals basking on rocks near the shore of Block Island Sound (weather conditions permitting). Wear appropriate foot gear for the trail, and don’t forget your binoculars. Meet on Camp Hero Road in Montauk, a right turn off Rte 27, about one mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch (past the overlook on the right). Leader: Eva Moore 631-267-6608 or day of hike 631-681-4774
MARCH 29, Saturday 10 A.M. SHADMOOR TO STEPPINGSTONES POND (5-6 miles)
We’ll explore some of Montauk’s hidden gems – Steppingstones Pond, the brooks and shad woods along the Parkway Trail – with a detour out to Shadmoor’s oceanfront bluffs. A moderate pace. Weather does not cancel. Bring snacks and liquids. Meet at the Town skateboard park, west side of Essex Street, 600 feet north of Montauk Highway (Route 27).
Leader: Rick Whalen 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539
The March meeting will be held on March 3rd at 7:30 PM in Ashawagh Hall,
730 Springs Fireplace Rd. in Springs between Parsons Place and Old Stone Hwy.
The April meeting will be held on Monday, April 7th, at 7:30 PM in Ashawagh Hall,
780Springs Fireplace Rd. in Springs, between Parsons Place and Old Stone Hwy.
All are welcome!