Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hartman Park

Up on the new OverLook on the Young Preserve - and Trail Dog  

Date: Turkey Day 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Hartman Park
Town: Lyme
Trail Conditions: nice, dry, leafy
Observations/Information: For those that don't know, the Town of lyme acquired 2 new properties they opened this week that is adjacent to Hartman Park running south along Gungy Road. Walbridge Woodlands and the Young Preserve. Some friends and myself took a walk through many of these new trail, (plus some old ones)
The new trails are really well marked but the tread needs some serious packing and there are a few corners and other sections with the leaf coverage and old road/trails cross along with open tree spacing you could just pop off trail, but you'll catch on quickly and again, it almost overly marked so you'll find your way around easy. I will say about 80% is not very "Hartman" like and is going to be nice XC single track trail. there are like 3 connections to the original Hartman section but the old logging road will most likely be the main access. (yellow trail) There are a few area's where there is some steep climbs that will be challenging to say the least. There is also a new parking lot (like 6 cars maybe) down just off the 4 way stop signs of Gungy and Beaver Brook. Look for the rope swing, it's just a field area past it with the sign for the Park. Not really a good choice for biking as It's about straight up hill to the new over look trail (blue) that brings you to a nice rock ledge high point, decent views now but the trees and leaf cover are probably going to block it during the summer, still a really nice spot!
The new White trail on the eastern edge that travels along the shared border with Nehantic forest is much more like the traditional Hartman trail surface and should supply plenty of the more familiar  rough-ish terrain the park is known for and should be a good challenge, though the leaf cover makes it hard to really tell just what's under there at this point.

Up on a ridge on the White Trail along eastern edge bordering Nehantic - and the map of the new area

the first few times you explore out there take your time and look around, there are some really cool terrain areas and features that are pretty interesting that you might miss just flying by. there is also a big new Cell antenna just out in the middle of no where...
Trail Ambassador Name: Thom Lamourine

Trail Ambassador E-mail: Thom&at&ctnemba&dot&com
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: new yellow, red and white
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3 ish
Approximate Distance (Miles): no clue...
Images/Photos: 378889_512121012141062_2023922680_n.jpg
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4th Image: Hartman.jpeg

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