DECEMBER 29, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. SEAL HAUL-OUT TRAIL (3 miles)
This popular hike takes us along an easy, wooded trail to the shores of Block Island Sound. If conditions are right, we will find seals sunning themselves on the rocks near the shore. Dress warmly, with proper footgear for weather conditions, and don’t forget binoculars. Meet at Camp Hero Road in Montauk, a right turn off Route 27 about one mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch. Leader: Eva Moore 631-238-5134 or day of hike 631-681-4774.
JANUARY 1, Tuesday, 12:00 Noon HITHER WOODS NEW YEAR'S DAY HIKE (7 miles)
Enjoy the sublime winter beauty of Hither Woods on New Year’s Day. We will hike through stark oak woods, and to a desolate but beautiful coastline in this 3,000-acre preserve. Note the 12:00 noon start. Moderate pace with some hills. Bring food & liquids. Meet at the Hither Hills West Overlook parking area on Montauk Highway, approximately one mile east after taking the left fork of the Montauk Highway/Old Montauk Highway split. Leader: Rick Whalen, info only call 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.
Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M. (Other than Jan. 1) MAINTENANCE HIKES (2 - 4 miles)
Weather permitting, EHTPS conducts weekly Tuesday morning maintenance hikes, preparing for other hikes on our schedule and keeping as much trail as possible clear and blazed. No experience is necessary, and new volunteers are always welcome. Bring a lopper, trimmer or handsaw if available. Contact Carol at email@example.com or 631-725-3367 for more information.
JANUARY 5, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. LIGHTHOUSE LOOP (5+ miles)
This hike has it all: lighthouse views, ocean vistas, tranquil woods, windswept bluffs, and possibly seals. Starting our loop through Camp Hero, we follow the Paumanok Path to the bluffs and along a rugged little trail to Turtle Cove and the Lighthouse, returning past Seal Haul-out. Bring water and snacks; wear wind-proof clothing. (We will take a ten-minute break at the Lighthouse refreshment area.) Meet at Camp Hero Road off Route 27, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch. Leader: Carol Andrews 631-725-3367.
JANUARY 6, Sunday, 10:00 A.M. FOREVER WILD NAPEAGUE (5 miles)
Join our leader on his favorite hike -- a fast-paced round trip on rolling terrain with not one, but two rewards: spectacular unspoiled views of both Fresh Pond and Napeague Bay. Meet on Napeague Harbor Road, about one half-mile north of Route 27, just after the street marked “Private Road”. Leader: Irwin Levy 516-456-1337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 7, Monday, 7:00 P.M. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
We welcome new old and prospective members to join us for our monthly general membership meeting. Refreshments served, and doors open at 6:30 P.M. Please note the new start time for ‘winter’ meetings. Ashawagh Hall, 730 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs between Parsons Place and Old Stone Highway. Email to email@example.com for more information.
JANUARY 12, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. CHATFIELD’S HOLE (3 miles) Named after an early East Hampton settler, Chatfield’s Hole is a beautiful glacial kettle hole. To reach the freshwater wetlands, we will follow the Northwest Path through an oak forest sprinkled with pitch pines and white pines. This area is one of the town’s first open-space land acquisitions, and the trail is one of the town’s first planned trails. We’ll see efforts to contain southern pine beetle infestation and large swaths of felled trees. Meet at the kiosk parking area on Route 114 at the intersection of Edward’s Hole Rd in East Hampton (2 miles north of Stephen Hands Path). Leader: Dave Luce 917-885-5749.
JANUARY 19, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. OCEAN VIEW TRAIL (3 miles)
This moderate-paced hike will take us past Fresh Pond in Hither Woods along a seldom traversed, somewhat hilly trail that offers glimpses of the ocean at the highest point. Meet at Hither Hills West Overlook on Route 27, about 1 mile east of the Old Montauk Highway fork. Leader: Eva Moore 631-238-5134 or day of hike 631-681-4774.
JANUARY 26, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. DUKE PRESERVE (2 miles)
Woodland trails ramble through this former summer camp, providing beach access and beautiful water views across Three Mile Harbor. Meet at the parking area on Springy Banks Road just south of the intersection with Hands Creek Road. Leader: Steve Murray 917-797-6265.
There is no February general membership meeting. After the January 7 meeting, our next general membership meeting takes place on Monday, March 4, 2019, starting at 7:00 P.M. at Ashawagh Hall, 730 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs between Parsons Place and Old Stone Highway. Old, new and prospective members are all welcome! Refreshments served. Doors open at 6:30 P.M.