Steep Rock Preserve/Shepaug River/Railroad Tunnel
ven. 5 juillet à 15:30
I have found the perfect walk for a hot summer day! Today we will walk the wild Shepaug River as it makes its way through the 950-acre Steep Rock Preserve in western Connecticut. We will follow a mostly easy trail through the Preserve to a railroad tunnel that was once used by the Shepaug Valley Railroad. According to the Steep Rock Association, which manages the property: "The railroad tunnel was constructed from 1871 to 1872 as part of the Shepaug Valley Railroad. A crew of coal miners from Pennsylvania built the 235-foot curved tunnel by hand using picks, dynamite and nitroglycerin to blast through Steep Rock Ridge. It took them only nine months to complete, a remarkably quick project in those days. The railroad ceased operation in 1948. Today, hikers enjoy the cool, damp air within the darkness of these chiseled bedrock walls as a refreshing respite on a warm summer day." We will follow the Steep Rock Loop Trail (Yellow) south along the river, and pick up the blue-blazed Pinney Loop Trail, which was constructed on a Shepaug Valley Railroad railbed. We will follow this trail to the railroad Tunnel. The Steep Rock Association advises: "that this forty-minute jaunt travels along a popular riding trail that is evocative of an English country lane. It's wide and nearly flat all the way. The final 100-yard straightaway is lined with towering pines, oaks, ashes, and maples leading to the railroad tunnel (1.78 miles one-way)." After visiting the tunnel we will take an alternate route back to the trailhead, walking along the west side of the Shepaug River. We will take footbridge over the river to the Green Circle trail, heading north along the river. There will be plenty of time for snacks, pictures, and more.... Those willing to travel a little farther afield will be richly rewarded for their efforts. This hike is a another gem! If you liked the neighboring Hidden Valley Preserve, you will love this one. Directions: From Washington Depot (Connecticut), follow River Road about 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Tunnel Road where River Road curves sharply to the right and becomes Lower Church Hill Road. The main parking lot is across the Shepaug River adjacent to the equestrian riding ring. To properly budget your travel time you should consider that Washington Depot is about 9 miles (17 minutes) from New Milford via CT Route 109-East. The trailhead can also be reached by traveling south on Rte. 47 from Rte. 202 to Washington Depot. Notice that today's hike will start at 10:00 a.m. rather than the usual 9:00 to allow for extra travel time from New York. For those who would like to join me and my wife Katherine for an afternoon coffee and snack after the hike, drive to New Preston and stop at the Nine Main Bakery and Deli (See Internet link below). Hike Summary: Distance: 4 miles more or less Type: Loop Total Elevation Gain: 100 feet Maximum Elevation: 700 feet Advertised Hiking Time: 2 and ½ hours Actual Hiking Time: 3 hours (a leisure walk, plus 45 minutes for lunch) Features: A walk along the cool Shepaug River and a visit to an old railroad tunnel. Trail: Combination of woods roads, rail beds, and footpaths. Map: steep Rock Preserve--Steep Rock Association GPS: Gear: It is recommended you wear sturdy hiking boots, and bring trekking poles, a light backpack, a liter of water (or more), bug spray, a compass, snacks, and lunch. Optional gear might include sunglasses, hat, scarf, light rain jacket, and binoculars. Trail Details: Mostly flat and wide. Much of our walk will be on old railroad beds. Rain cancels. You will be notified the night before. A new rain date will be announced. Important Links: Steep Rock Association ( http://www.steeprockassoc.org/explore/steep-rock-preserve/ ) Trip Advisor ( https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33962-d3823368-Reviews-Steep_Rock_Reservation-Washington_Depot_Connecticut.html ) 9 Main Street Coffee House ( https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g33854-d5317499-Reviews-Nine_Main_Bakery_Deli-New_Preston_Connecticut.html ) Liability Waiver: This hike is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.
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