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Winter Valentine's Hike at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford CT -MAKE-UP-

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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--This is the rescheduled event from 2/10/13. --

This Valentine's Day related hike has a tragic star-crossed love theme. Hear how the Indian Princess Lillinonah, her hand sought by many a man for miles around, met her love in the early 1700's and how because of her deep love she met an untimely death in the area of this hike. We can contemplate love, true love, and those people and circumstances that work against the same. (Or you can just enjoy a hike!) We will be hiking the hillside and cliffs on either side of the Housatonic River at the north end of Lake Lillinonah. We will even hike in the area Lillinonah and her lover may be buried per the story.

This hike will be a moderate hike of about 3.65 miles given we will have steep sections to hike up/down for short distances and we may have snow and possibly some ice to deal with. We will have clifftop views of Lake Lillinonah from Lovers Leap and we will cross over a gorge on the Housatonic river on an old iron bridge built in 1895 which is now used only for foot travel.

The hike will be divided into three sections. The first loop of about .8 mile we will explore the ruins of the Silex Factory on the Old Factory Trail. The next loop of 1.25 miles on the Waramaug Loop will explore the Indian Spring House ruins as well as get us lakeside views. The third looping/out-and-back hike of about 1.6 miles will take us over the river, to the Lovers Leap cliffs (I'll read the story of Lillinonah here), to ruins of the Tea House, then to the "Castle" ruins, then up to a lookout (in area where Lillanonah and her lover may be buried) and then back to the beginning.

Those who wish to go MUST have:
* Backpack - To carry extra layers of clothing, trail food, water, gear
* Waterproofed warm hiking boots or comfortable winter boots (no sneakers!)
* Wool socks - To keep those feet warm even if wet.
* Layers of clothing - Avoid cotton as it stays wet/cold. Don't forget your legs can get cold too.
* Gloves
* Warm hat
* 1-2 quart of water

Advised/optional equipment depending on conditions:

* MICROspikes (or other traction device) -for ice and if low snow amounts - advised just in case
* Hiking poles (or snowshoe poles)

* Trail appropriate food - (e.g. at least G.O.R.P -Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, beef jerky, granola bars, etc.)

Recommended depending on conditions:
* Gaiters or snowpants - To keep snow out of boots
* Snowshoes -If 8 inches of snow or more

The jacket shouldn't be too heavy as other layers of clothing should add to your insulation to keep warm and layers would be added or removed as needed. While hiking you WILL be hot but if you stop you WILL get very cold after about 15 minutes and thus need more dry layers added.

The meetup will be at 10 AM at the parking area of the State park (see location/directions below). We will hike (with rest stops and sightseeing) about 3 hr. and get back no later than 1 PM to the cars.

Dogs on a maximum seven foot leash are permitted by the park.

Trail map:

Lovers Leap State Park - more information:

Lillinonah's Leap - the story:

Approximate location/directions to meet at Meetup location (around 40 Pumpkin Hill Rd., New Milford, CT):
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What the entrance to the park parking area looks like heading northbound (Interesting Google Maps lists this section of road as Still River Dr. instead of Pumpkin Hill Rd.) :

Song of Lillinonah's love - "LOVER'S LEAP (Lillinonah)" words & music by Bob Brophy & Felicia Michael at Blue Yodal Music:
Song to hear:
Lyrics: (Can't find online anymore)

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  • Kevin S

    Lovely day and no rain at all. Snow was generally 4 inches and icy where trampled but in a small number of spots as much as about 7 inches snow. Microspikes were fine for the hike this day.

    February 25, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Weather update (7 AM day of hike): Even better weather! 0% chance of any rain/snow for the hike! Partly cloudy and temp. 37 - 40 F, winds up to 11 mph.

    February 24, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Weather update (late Sat. 2/23/13): Weather outlook has greatly improved. No more than 1 inch snow predicted overnight and into tomorrow so parking lot at hike location should be available. Relatively low 30% chance precipitation with snow showers and maybe light rain possible. Microspikes or other traction device is advised. I don't expect the left over snow to be deeper than 6 - 8 inches but mat be in some sheltered spots. Winter boots or waterproofed hiking boots are a must. water repellent jacket or rain shell top layer a must given some potential for light rain. See you hearty souls at the hike.

    February 23, 2013

    • Ayse

      I am so sorry but I have to work tomorrow. );

      February 24, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Weather update (Wed. 2/20/13): Heavy wet snow is possible Saturday night with snow Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. I am watching the technical forecast closely to predict what may happen for Sunday. I will make a final decision no later than Saturday afternoon the 23rd as to if the event runs or not (parking is main concern with road travel a secondary concern).

    February 20, 2013

  • Ayse

    I will bting my 2 pooches with me. See you then!

    February 18, 2013

  • sandra m.

    have a great hike a little much for me at this time enjoy!!

    February 18, 2013

  • Deb

    Have a great hike - great story...

    February 18, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Leading! Cell (860)[masked]

    February 10, 2013

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