Over the Mountain Hike


Over the Mountain Hike

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Iron Horse Boulevard & Drake Hill Road, Simsbury

Enjoy an invigorating hike from Bloomfield to Simsbury co-sponsored by the Traprock Ridge Land Conservancy (TRLC), Simsbury Land Trust (SLT), and Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services. Along with the glorious fall scenery, the free hike will showcase TRLC, SLT, and town properties that provide trail connectivity linking Bloomfield and Simsbury through Penwood State Park.

The hike will be approximately 5 miles. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the hike’s end point, the parking lot at the corner of Iron Horse Boulevard and Drake Hill Road in Simsbury (Google map). Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services will provide a bus to shuttle hikers to this year’s starting point, the Oliver Filley House in Bloomfield’s LaSalette Park.

We will hike from LaSalette Park to TRLC’s adjoining Hawk Hill Farm, a working farm with passive recreation trails. From there we will proceed to TRLC’s Stout Family Fields, Bloomfield’s alternate gateway to Penwood State Park.

In Penwood, we’ll visit Lake Louise and The Pinnacle before taking the yellow trail to access SLT’s adjacent Tanager Hill preserve for a lovely descent from Penwood State Park into Simsbury. We’ll proceed through SLT’s Owen-Mortimer preserve and return to the parking lot.

We invite you to take advantage of this annual opportunity to experience a different mode of journeying between our two neighboring towns and enjoy the end of the fall color. RSVP online to help us plan ahead. Thank you!

(Photos from last year courtesy Paula Jones.)

Views from the Pinnacle in Penwood State Park

Gathering at Simsbury Land Trust’s Tanager Hill Preserve

Hikers cross Wintonbury Land Trust’s Stout Family Fields

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