Monday, January 17, 2011

TA Report: Branford Quarry

The White Circle Trail at the Branford Quarry.
Date of Activity: Jan. 17, 2011
Location: Branford Quarry
Condition of Trails(s): Snow covered
Observations: Branford Quarry is the adjacent neighbor to Guilford's Westwoods, but with fewer trails. I started from the large dirt parking lot with a street address of approximately 100 Quarry Road. This is an excellent place to start because the lot is large and you are in the center of the trail system. The blazing is spotty, so getting turned around is very easy. The Green Trail west of Quarry Road has faded blazes for the first half-mile or so, then there are fresher blazes that are teal colored. Some blazes are on dead hemlocks, of which there is an abundance, so I would expect that there will be an ongoing problem with trails partially blocked by falling trees. Many trees have been cleared away, indicating regular maintenance. On the east side of Quarry Road, the trail is marked with both Green blazes (again spotty and fading), and metallic White circles. The map only indicates Green, so having a dual blaze only adds to the confusion. According to the map, the White Trail is further east. The trails are mostly flat to rolling single-track, and looks to be a good place to ride in dry conditions. Maps are available online at, or stop at the Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford, or Bishops Orchards on Rt. 1 in Guilford to purchase one.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Trail Ambassador Email: bikehikekayak {at} sbcglobal {dot} net Town:
Trail(s) Walked: Green Rectangle, and White Circle
How did you use the trail: Snowshoe
What was the time of day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Duration (Hours): 4
Distance (Miles): 5

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