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L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference

P.O. Box 5636

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone 631-360-0753       Fax 631-360-8127  
E-mail ligreenbelt@juno.com

January 2009 Hikes

To find the Greenbelt Office in Blydenburgh Park: from Route 25-25A in Smithtown, go south on Brooksite Dr.; at next light (New Mill Rd.), turn right and travel to the end of the road, making the last possible left.  At the end of Mill Road travel past a Blydenburgh County Park sign, through open metal cyclone gates.  Pass a sign indicating that the park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Continue past a sign indicating “Parking Area” with arrow and “Authorized Vehicles Only Beyond This Point”.  Don’t follow the arrow.  Pass by a wooden half-gate with the sign “Authorized Vehicles Only”.  Turn left up the long winding (very dark at night) driveway marked with a sign saying “Blydenburgh Weld House, Visitor Reception Center, Museum Shop, L.I. Greenbelt Trail”.  From Route 347, find Brooksite Dr. between the 347-454 junction and Rt. 111; head north on Brooksite to New Mill Rd.; go left onto Mill Road. Follow the paved path at the west end of the lot to the Blydenburgh-Weld House.

 

IMPORTANT:

The first line of each listing includes TIME, DISTANCE, PACE, and TERRAIN, in that
order. "Info" means no reservation is necessary; call only if you need more information. "CALL" means you must call the leader to reserve a space on the hike.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: 

Certain risks are inherent in any hike or other L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc. (the “Greenbelt”) activity. Each Greenbelt member, guest, or non-member participant agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety and the safety of minors accompanying such persons. The Greenbelt cannot ensure the safety of any participant on hikes or activities. In participating in Greenbelt activities, each such person agrees to hold harmless and free from blame the activity leaders and the Greenbelt, its officers, directors, and members, for any accident, injury, or illness which might be sustained from participating in hikes or other Greenbelt activities.

NOTE: Some Greenbelt hikes are intended for our members only. Other organizations or media outlets wishing to list our events should NOT use our mailed hike list in Footnotes for information; instead, please use this website or call our Office, 631-360-0753, and request our Media List.

Thurs. Jan. 1 – NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK:

            11:00 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Take a later walk on the Pine Trail to Grassy and Sandy Ponds; meet at the Pine Trail lot, NY25 6/10th-mile east of Wm Floyd Pky.; bring snack and water (or hot cocoa); rain or icy conditions cancels.

Sat. Jan. 3 – HITHER WOODS 20th ANNIVERSARY NEW YEAR'S HIKE:

            10:00 AM – 12 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608.

Your fearless leader has led a New Year's Weekend hike in Hither Woods for twenty years running.  Why?  Come along and find out.  Hither Woods in winter is still the only place of its kind on Long Island: big, remote, wild.  Be prepared for a long and vigorous day; weather never cancels!  Bring lunch and liquids; meet at Rod's Valley, end of Navy Road, Montauk. 

Sat. Jan. 3 – STARRY NIGHT HIKE:

            7:45 PM – 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
Maybe we'll get to see some of the Quadrantids meteor shower; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70; bring Small flashlight; rain cancels, clouds don't.

Sun. Jan. 4 – NEW YEAR ALONG THE NISSEQUOGUE:

10:15 AM – 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Kick off the new year with picturesque views of the Nissequogue River on this family-friendly hike to Smithtown Landing and back; look for the vintage cars and “sandwich rock”; families welcome;  bring water & snack;  icy trail cancels;  meet at Nissequogue River State Park (Sunken Meadow Pky. north to Exit SM4; head east on Pulaski Rd., which changes into Old Dock Rd.; at the 4th traffic light, make a right onto St. Johnland Rd.; park entrance is about ½ mile on the left side).  E: sharimit@yahoo.com.

Mon. Jan. 5 – TAX SEASON KICK OFF IN COLD SPRING HARBOR:

            10:00 AM – 4.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Not For Beginners! Let’s tackle one of the toughest hikes on L.I. as we get ready to tackle one of our toughest duties as a citizen: filing our tax returns with Uncle Sam and Auntie Empire; come and share tax stories of years past that are now good for a laugh, though they may not have been funny at the time!  Meet at the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail head on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot next to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; snow, rain or ice cancels.

Fri. Jan. 9 – TRAILS CENTER SPECIAL:

            9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Vinnie, 631-209-0030.

Start the weekend early with a walk from the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70) to Wading River-Manor Rd. and back; bring water; rain or snow cancels.

Sat. Jan. 10 – STUMP POND WALK:

            1:00 PM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Nancy B., 631-462-6159; cell 631-682-0035. Take a winter walk around the always beautiful pond in Blydenburgh Park: bring drinks and snacks; severe weather cancels; meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule).

Sun. Jan. 11 – TERRELL RIVER PARK LOOP:

            9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950. 

Hike a beautiful trail looping around to a beach on Moriches Bay with views of a marsh; poor weather cancels; meet at Terrell River parking area on south side of Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80) across from Audubon Center and Flight 800 Memorial; take NY 27 to Exit 59, south on Wading River Rd., bear right onto Railroad Ave., then left on Main Street; park is on the right on Main St. (Montauk Hwy.).

Sun. Jan. 11 – NORTHWEST PATH 20th ANNIVERSARY:

            10:00 AM – 6-8 miles – moderate to brisk – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608.

In January 1989 the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society opened its first “greenbelt” trail, the 6-mile-long Northwest Path; from the beginning its White Pine Forest and secluded ponds were a treat; many more miles of trails have been opened to the public since, but the Northwest Path is still a beauty!  Bring lunch and liquids.  Meet at end of Alewive Brook Landing Road, on Northwest Harbor, for carpool.

Wed. Jan. 14 – WILDWOOD WANDERINGS:

            1:00 PM – up to 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590, before 8 PM.

Explore the woods, beaches and bluffs of this beautiful state park on L.I. Sound; rain cancels; take Wm. Floyd Pky. (C.R. 46) to its northern end, then east (right) on NY 25A, left onto Sound Ave., left on Hulse Landing Rd. (C.R. 54) to park entrance meet in parking lot.

Wed. Jan. 14 – PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE MEETING:

7:00 PM – Info: Eric, 631-924-3099. Come plan our Jan. 24 maintenance outing.  

Sat. Jan. 17 – STUMP POND CIRCULAR:

            10:45 AM – 5.7 mi – moderate – varied – Info: Terrie 631-885-4543.

Join me on my birthday! Enjoy a moderate paced hike around the 120-acre pond in the middle of Blydenburgh Park; bring snack/lunch and water; joint with NHOC; below 25, rain or ice cancels (some snow on ground does not); meet at south entrance of Blydenburgh Park, north side of NY 347/454 in Hauppauge, across from county and state government complex; meet in lot to right.

Sun. Jan. 18 – LAKELAND SOUTHWARD:

            9:15 AM – 12 miles – fast – flat – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Enjoy a brisk winter hike through Connetquot State Park, heading south down to The Pines, then returning back to Lakeland County Park; the quick pace will warm the body, even if the temps are chilly; hiking experience and layered clothing suggested;   bring water & snacks;  icy trail cancels;  meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park; or L.I.E. Exit 59, south on Ocean Ave. to Johnson, right to park).  E: sharimit@yahoo.com.

Mon. Jan.19 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:

            Info: Nancy D, 516-617-0105.

Help clear the trails, or take a hike to reconnoiter for trails to trim. This will be a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens, anywhere from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays, dependent upon the weather and the leader’s availability. With a heavy snow we may cross-country ski. Plans for the week will be posted on the Greenbelt website, www.ligreenbelt.org. If you want to receive regular e-mail notification for the weekly event, send e-mail to pinehikes@optonline.net to be included in the list.

Fri. Jan. 23 – TRAILS CENTER SPECIAL:

            9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Vinnie, 631-209-0030.

Start the weekend early with a walk from the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70) to Wading River-Manor Rd. and back; bring water; rain or snow cancels.

Sat. Jan. 24 – PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE OUTING:
           
11:00 AM – Info: Eric, 631-924-3099 or Nancy D., 631-744-9815.

Enjoy some time outdoors and help us improve our trails; fun and rewarding; bring loppers and/or pruners if you have them, gloves, and water; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.

Sat. Jan. 24 – PINE TRAIL WALK:
           
2:00 PM – 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Charlotte, 631-929-1035.

Meet at the Pine Trail Preserve lot, NY 25, 6/10 mile east of Wm. Floyd Pky. for an out-and-back walk on the Paumanok Path; not a beginners walk; singles welcome; rain or heavy snow cancels; bring water.

Sun. Jan. 25 – CHINESE NEW YEAR WALK (A DAY EARLY):

            9:45 AM – 5 1/2 miles – moderate – mostly flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
Come and see what Buddha brings; meet at Greenbelt Office (directions at top of schedule); bring water;  rain cancels; no dogs, please; oxen OK.

 

Mon. Jan. 26 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:
          Info: Nancy D, 516-617-0105. See Mon. 1/19.

Wed. Jan. 28 – CONNETQUOT OUT-AND-BACK:

            9:30 AM – 6 miles – easy to moderate – flat - Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk up one side of the Connetquot River to Bunce’s Bridge and down the other; bring snack and liquid; rain, ice or heavy snow cancels; meet at Westbrook ball fields (from the west, take So. St. Pky. to Exit 45E, follow Montauk Hwy. over first railroad bridge to immediate left turn at fields; from the east, take NY 27 to Exit 48, follow service road to Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., go south to Montauk Hwy., right past Connetquot River to right turn at fields). E: 2caseys@optonline.net.

Sat. Jan. 31 – STUMP POND CIRCULAR:

            10:00 AM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Andy, 631-696-8089.

Meet at our office (directions at top of schedule) for a scenic winter walk around the 120-acre pond in the middle of Blydenburgh Park; bring snack and liquid; rain, ice or heavy snow cancels.

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