Winter Hiking/ Snow Shoe Series: February-March 2021

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.

Trail Details:

2/14/2021: Lake McDonough

Lake McDonough is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Barkhamsted, Connecticut that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is best used from April until October.

Lake McDonough – Connecticut | AllTrails

Message from Daryl: “Trail conditions are deep snow covered. Snow shoes highly required. Terrain is easy snow covered dirt road. 5 mile out and back hike. Cold below freezing temperatures and light snow in the forecast. No trailhead parking available meet at the New Hartford Elementary school at 40 Wickett St, Pine Meadow, CT 06061. Park in the back of the school off Black Bridge Road. 1/2 mile walk to trail head. It’s Valentine’s Day let’s wear red or pink to celebrate!”

2/17/2021: (Wednesday) Walnut Mountain via Guerdat Road

Walnut Mountain via Guerdat Road is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Torrington, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Walnut Mountain via Guerdat Road – Connecticut | AllTrails

2/21/2021: Antolini Woods

Antolini Woods is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Hartford, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Antolini Woods – Connecticut | AllTrails

2/28/2021: Iron Trail via Wangum Road (Short Option)

Iron Trail via Wangum Road (Short Option) is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Falls Village, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Iron Trail via Wangum Road (Short Option) – Connecticut | AllTrails

3/7/2021: Mount Prospect via Appalachian Trail

Mount Prospect via Appalachian Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Falls Village, Connecticut that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate.

Mount Prospect via Appalachian Trail – Connecticut | AllTrails

3/14/2021: Pine Mountain and Eastern Summit

Pine Mountain and Eastern Summit is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Norfolk, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking.

Pine Mountain and Eastern Summit – Connecticut | AllTrails

3/17/2021: (Wednesday) Elliot Bronson Trail

Elliot Bronson Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Barkhamsted, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November

Elliot Bronson Trail – Connecticut | AllTrails

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!

Time: 11:00am – Meet 15 min prior start for prompt departure.

Booking: All booking for members is through MotionVibe – 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: (860) 499-3195 to reserve your spot. You will be required to fill out a day pass form. The cost for non-members is $11.*

*If you are participating in the Reset Challenge, the hikes are free for the 6 weeks of the challenge, but please call to reserve your spot! (860) 499-3195

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

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)