As a last shot at a summer hike, we embarked on one of our lengthiest treks in recent years. It turned out to be a near-perfect day for a hike with 24 humans and a flock of dogs, warmer than expected, but not summer hot. The route extended nearly 5 miles, all on the Paugussett Trail (a.k.a., Blue-blaze trail). We climbed uphill, passed through woods, pasture, level ground, alongside lakes and over rugged terrain.
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|We met at the Indian Wells parking lot, only to find the parking lot closed off. Fortunately, there was ample street parking|
|Terry briefs the hikers on what to expect. The dogs aren't interested|
|Climbing the hill above Rt. 110|
|Crossing the Wiacek farm and entering a treeline|
|Taking a break in the Wiacek farm pasture|
|Plenty of pooches enjoyed walking their humans. They were all well-behaved|
|Terry leads us through a short distance on the power lines access road|
|Crossing the dam at Silent Waters on a portion of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path|
|Photo op at the Silent Waters bridge|
|All accounted for, no bear or mountain lion bites, as we finished the hike at Buddington Road. This is the terminus of the Paugussett Trail in Shelton, at least for now!|
Our next scheduled hike:
OCTOBER 8 - Saturday 10:00 AM
#11 Tahmore Trail
Details forthcoming. Join us!