Monday, August 31, 2015

Test Driving the New Basil Brook Bypass

It was a great day for a hike, and a pack of 9 adults, 5 kids and 4 fur persons turned out to trek the newly created Basil Brook Bypass. Bill, Lynn, and Richard of the Shelton Trails Committee guided this tour of our new trail, a 1 mile diversion from the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path, for those who would enjoy a more primitive hike. A side route leads to a waterfall, which due to the lack of rain this summer, was as dry as Basil Brook itself. But everyone on the hike appeared to enjoy the overall expedition.

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The group stepped out from the Lane Street entrance to the rec path. Maverick was more interested in exploring the hayfield than the trail
Jessica takes the lead through the meadows

The bypass is entered from the rec path
Look for the signs showing the way

The bypass offered a diversity of environments

Unfortunately, due to the lack of rain this season, one of the highlights along the trail, the waterfall, was bone dry... was Basil Brook itself

The group poses at the end of our adventure. Missing from photo, Trails Committee members Lynn and her two pups, and Richard

We're hoping that with the return of substantial rain, the new trail will present a different and relaxing environment for all to enjoy, a welcome addition to the existing network of trails that we currently enjoy in Shelton. 

NOTE: These trails do not build themselves. We depend upon volunteer help in creating and maintaining the more than 14 miles of trails in town. Join us on a work party and feel the satisfaction in knowing you've somehow paid back for the enjoyment you find in using your trails.