Tuesdays, 9:00 A.M. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-725-3367 for more information.
NOVEMBER 23, Friday, 10 A.M. DAY-AFTER-THANKSGIVING HIKES
Work off some extra Thanksgiving calories hiking in beautiful Barcelona Neck. Choose a 5 mile or 3.5 mile distance. Note meeting place for each.
5-Mile Hike: This unique trail winds its way past a lowland pine, maple and tupelo swamp, passes through an upland oak forest and skirts both tidal and freshwater wetlands. The panoramic views of the Peconic Estuary from atop 80 foot high bluffs highlight this hike. Included is a short stroll along a bay beach. Meet at the intersection of Swamp Road and Edwards Hole Road, approximately 1 mile north of Route 114. Leader: Richard Poveromo 631-283-4591 or day of hike 917-584-7280.
3 ½-Mile Hike: We will circle Barcelona Neck, using old Trustee Roads dating back to the 1700s. Towering bluffs offer sweeping views of Shelter Island, Northwest Harbor, Cedar Point Lighthouse, the Grace Estate and the North Fork. Some beach walking is possible. Meet at the Sag Harbor Golf Course Clubhouse at the end of Barcelona Neck Road, which is east of Route 114 between Swamp Road and the Sag Harbor Village boundary. Leader: Carol Andrews 631-725-3367.
NOVEMBER 24, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. FRESH POND LOOP (3.5 miles)
We’ll hike a moderately-paced loop, along the Ocean View Trail to views of Napeague Bay, then on to Fresh Pond and the Elisha’s Valley Trail, finishing with the Petticoat Trail. Meet at the Hither Hills West Overlook off Route 27, one mile east of the Montauk Highway/Old Montauk Highway split. Leader: Laurie DeVito 631-813-6988.
DECEMBER 1, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. ELIZ. MORTON WILDLIFE REFUGE (5+ Miles)
We will explore the entire peninsula of Jessup's Neck with its exceptionally diverse habitats (including bay beach, brackish and freshwater ponds, kettle holes, salt marshes and maritime oak/red cedar forests). Bring water and a snack, and wear warm, wind-proof clothing. A small parking fee is charged. Meet at 2595 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor. Leaders: Carol Andrews 631-725-3367 and Aggie Cindrich.
DECEMBER 2, 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 email@example.com.
DECEMBER 8, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. STONY HILL (3 miles)
Amagansett’s Stony Hill area is marked by rolling terrain and provides perfect backdrop for a late autumn walk. Come explore its glacial kettleholes and embracing beech forest on this hour and a half long hike. Meet on Red Dirt Road, about ¼ mile east of Accabonac Road. Leader: Jim Zajac 212-769-4311.
WINTER HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
DECEMBER 8, Saturday, 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.
Join your fellow EHTPS members at our popular winter holiday party, again this year at Astro Pizza and Felice’s Restaurant, 237 Main Street, Amangansett. Cost is $35/person. Reserve by December 3rd. Contact Eva Moore 631-238-5134 for more information.
DECEMBER 15, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. ROD’S VALLEY RAMBLE (6 ½ miles)
Our hike will take off going northwest to intersect the Paumanok Path and follow westward along the bluffs. We will take several spurs out to views at The Notch and Quincetree Landing. At Quincetree, we will double back until we reach the split to several trails south of Rod’s Valley. We will return via the Lost Boulder Trail. Meet at Rod’s Valley Park (Edward Vincent Ecker, Sr. County Park), at the west end of Navy Road, Montauk. Leader: Laurie DeVito 631-813-6988.
DECEMBER 22, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. OCEAN DUNES NATURE TRAIL (4 miles)
Once covered by water, Napeague has a low, flat profile studded with native pitch pine, American holly and shadbush. After walking the nature trail past relic dunes to the north, we will take a spur to taller oceanfront dunes to the south, and explore the ocean beach. Wear warm, windproof clothing. Meet in the small parking area on the south side of Route 27, about 1.6 miles east of where Bluff Road and Cranberry Hole Road intersect the highway. Watch carefully on the right for a Napeague State Park sign. Leader: Steve Murray 917-797-6265.
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.
Our next general membership meeting will be on Monday, January 7, 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.