New Winter Hiking/ Snowshoeing Series 2020

YMCA Guided Winter Hiking in 2020


The Canaan Family YMCA is now offering guided winter hiking to keep you active throughout these colder months. You can get fit while exploring the local trails and enjoying the great outdoors this winter. It’s perfect for those of us who feel uncomfortable returning indoors, but still want to stay active over the winter.

Our winter hiking/ snowshoeing series will take us on many adventures, winter hiking, snow hiking, and snowshoeing in our local area, guided by Daryl Byrne.

As we get into the season we will offer a range of hikes to accommodate various levels of hikers and snowshoers. If we can find a volunteer to lead cross country skiing trips we will add this to the calendar as well, to give you more opportunities for outdoor exercise. (Click here if you are interested in leading a group)

Our Guide: Daryl Byrne

Daryl is a section hiker of the AT, life member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association and is a field editor of the “Thru Hikers Companion.” He retired from the fire service in 2017 and now enjoys everything outdoors and hiking and backpacking the woods of New England.

Daryl is a licensed paramedic, Wilderness Guide and trail search and rescue. You are in good hands!

When: Beginning Wednesday, December 23rd

Time: 10:00am – Meet 15 min prior start for prompt departure

Where: Meet at the Great Mountain Forest East gate located at 201 Windrow Rd, Norfolk, CT 06058.  Park at the kiosk by the forestry office.

Duration: 2 hours (4 mile loop hike Crissey Trail to Number 4 trail.)

Booking: All booking is through MotionVibe for members – just look on the group exercise schedule to sign up. There is no cost for members. (If you need help setting up your MotionVibe account or making reservations, click here.)

General Public: All are welcome to join our winter hiking series – please call membership services to reserve your spot. You will be required to fill out a day pass form. The cost for non-members is $11.

At this time, bookings are limited to 10 people. (6 people = 1 guide / 6+ people = 2 guides)

Trail Details:

Our first hike will be exploring the Great Mountain State Forest, in Norfolk. Prepare for snow and ice on the trail. Dress in layers. (Let’s make this festive with your hats, gloves, jumpers, boots and coats 🎄). As this is our first winter guided hike, we have made sure this is suitable for all and welcome hikers and walkers of all abilities, to come along and join us. Please bring masks and practice social distancing.

This is a historic road to Potter’s corner along much of the way 18th century stonewalls through the woods which terrain rises 500’ reaching Chrissy pond. Follow the number 4 trail about a half a mile to a beautiful overlook at Old man McMullen pond. Return via the Camp Road a gravel road built in 1930’s that crosses the forest.

The terrain is easy and the hike pace is 2 mph.

Plan on two hours with few short scenic breaks. Please bring masks and practice social distancing.

We look forward to seeing you out on the trail for our first winter hiking trip and enjoying the great outdoors. As this is our first hike, Lisa will also be accompanying Daryl to welcome you all!