Monday, August 2, 2010

TM Report: Naugatuck Forest, Hamden

Date of Activity: July 31, 2010
Condition of Trail: Varied, fair to decent
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Encounters and Observations: I had the place to myself on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, except for the mosquitoes, which were traveling in squadrons, so be sure to wear bug repellent.
Work Performed: With permission from Lori Lindquist, park supervisor, I blazed Brooksvale Rd., which is mostly a wide fire road that starts off Cromie Rd. (the road extending from the main entrance off Downs Rd.), just past the YMCA camp. Near the end, Brooksvale Rd. takes an abrupt right turn to intersect the White blazed Brooksvale Trail at the border to Brooksvale Park. Adding to the confusion, there are actually TWO junctions of Brooksvale Road with Brooksvale Trail: the original one that parallels the stonewall, and a by-pass that cuts slightly in from that point. I painted Yellow blazes to match the color of the trail at Brooksvale Park. With the blazing of these two trails, someone can now make a loop through the forest on marked trails. Should someone choose to stray off the marked trails, they have a better orientation to their location, courtesy of the blazed trails. I did some minor brush clearing in two locations to make the trail more obvious. Thanks to Keith Coughlin, NEMBA rep to the Naugatuck Forest, for showing me the trails on July 30 and helping me sort out the different trail locations.
The state has now posted a map of this area, and it may be downloaded from

Town: Hamden
Location: Naugatuck Forest, Hamden
Trail(s) Walked: Brooksvale Rd., Cromie Rd.,
How did you use the trail: Trail blazing and minor brush clearing
What was the time of day: 3 to 6 p.m.
Hours: 3
Distance: 2

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