Something new - This is a Discovery Hike for me which means I have never done this before and we will be relying on the map and our willingness to have fun. The plan is to start between 10:15 and 10:30 and be off trail in the 3 -3:30 range. The hike will feature a lookout point, railroad tunnel, bridge and more if things go my way.
Note: Since this is about an hour north of Mount Kisco, I'd say there is a good chance that microspikes will be required for this event.
We can organize carpools from either northern westchester or off exit 2 off 84 in Danbury. Trader Joe's/Starbucks lot.
Maps, pics and a general description are available if you google the general Steep Rock site. You can also do Mapquest directions from the site.
Most of Steep Rock’s lands lie along the glacially carved, rock-strewn Shepaug River. Except for brief interruptions in Washington Depot and for a stretch of Rt. 47, the preserves extend almost the full length of the township and include three main sections:
Steep Rock Reservation, 974 acres just southwest of Washington Depot
Hidden Valley Reservation, 650 acres just northeast of the Depot
Macricostas Preserve, (Meeker Swamp) 370 acres north of the junction of routes 47 and 202
The preserves are an extraordinary natural resource valued for their unspoiled beauty, seclusion, wildlife habitat, recreational and educational opportunities. There are miles of trails in Steep Rock, Hidden Valley and Macricostas Preserve that are enjoyed by hikers, equestrians, and cross country skiers.
Directions to Steep Rock Preserve (2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot, CT, 06794)
$1.00 fee for this event
Approximate Location/ directions:Depending upon the direction you're coming from there are many ways to get to Washington Depot, CT. The following instructions start in New Milford, CT and head north on Route 202. Take 202 north out of New Milford center. New Milford Hospital and police station will pass by on your left hand side. A couple miles up on Route 202 will be your first traffic light. Take a right here onto Route 109. 109 winds, twists and bends its way through the countryside so please drive slowly as the road can be dangerous to those not familiar with it. Follow Route 109 all the way to the center of Washington Depot. At the first 4-way intersection in the center of town take a right onto River Road. Stay with River Road as it follows the Shepaug River and brings you to the dirt parking lot entrance of Steep Rock Association. (If you prefer to customize your trip to Washington Depot try Mapquest.com. This will open a new browser window
We will meet at the
There is a parking area entrance at the Intesection of Lower Church Hill Road and River Road. There is also one just over Tunnel Road in Washington.SPRING HILL ROAD IS CLOSED. IT IS A DIRT ROAD THAT WAS WASHED OUT PRETTY BAD. I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT GOING ON TUNNEL ROAD BUT GO EITHER FROM LOWER CHURCH HILL ROAD OR RIVER ROAD.