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East Hampton Trails Preservation Society




October 2005


Quote of the month

The foot feels the foot

when it feels the ground.



This month we celebrate SOUTH FORK TRAILS WEEKEND (Oct 8-9) and the 20th Anniversary of the Preservation of the Grace Estate (Oct 25) with special hikes you won’t want to miss.  For more information about any of the October events, call . The next EHTPS meeting will be held on Monday, October 10th, at 7:30 PM in Ashawagh Hall.


October 1, Saturday 10 A.M.                                         BIG REED HARVEST HIKE (3-4 miles)

Enjoy the lush trails around Big Reed Pond in their fall colors; ripe grapes, apples, and hickory nuts may be found along the way. Meet at the parking area off East Lake Drive, about 2 miles north of the intersection with Rt. 27 in Montauk.

Leader:  Ray Hartjen 324- 2490


October 5, Wednesday, 10 A.M.                           MONTAUK’S SECRET TRAIL (4 miles)

This charming trail takes us along woodsy paths lined with ferns, arrow wood, black cherry, shadbush and grape vines.   Meet at Montauk Library Parking lot on the east side of town just past the Mobil gas station. Leader: Eva Moore


October 8, Saturday,  10 A.M.                            PAUMANOK PATH TREK  (6 miles)

South Fork Trails Weekend kicks off with an inaugural hike of the newest section of the Paumanok Path along the ridge of the Ronkonkoma Moraine. This hike, sponsored by the Southampton Trails Preservation Society, is moderately paced with some hills.  Meet at the Southampton Youth Services Center on Majors Path in Southampton.   Refreshments will be served.

Please call for reservations: Ken Bieger () or Tony Garro ().


October 9, Sunday                                   HIKER’S CHOICE: THREE EAST END HIKES 

Day 2 of the South Fork Trails Weekend gives you a choice of three of the most beautiful trails on the East End; something for everyone.   All hikes start at 10 A.M.


1. MILLERS’ GROUND  (4 miles) 

Climb a South Fork “mountain” and investigate a rare vernal pool on this challenging romp.  Meet on Wainscott Northwest Rd (Daniel’s Hole Rd) just north of the EH airport.  Leader: Richard Lupoletti


2. BARCELONA NECK (3 miles) 

Wetlands, wooded swamps, and oak and hickory forest offer a wonderland of hiking.  Meet at the Sag Harbor Golf Course off Route 114 (Sag Harbor Turnpike) between Swamp Road and Sag Harbor Village.  Leader: Gene Makl 



A little bit of old East Hampton lore will spice up this trek past ponds and under majestic white pines, with a glimpse of days gone by. Moderate to brisk pace, with occasional stops.  Bring lunch and liquids.  Meet at Chatfield’s Hole, Two Holes of Water Road, East Hampton. 

Leader: Rick Whalen 


October 12, Wednesday, 10 A.M.                                                    FARM HIKE (3- 4 miles)      

This will be a moderately paced “exercise hike” through a lush beech forest and past a working farm.  Meet on Abraham’s Path in western Amagansett about 2/10 mile north of the intersection with Town Lane in East Hampton.   Leader: Ethel Pulaski       


October 15, Saturday, 10 A.M                  POETRY HIKE AT SAMMY’S BEACH  (3 miles)                                         

Last June, 30 hikers had a great time reading and/or listening to some funny, moving, and provocative poems.  Come and get in on a great morning of nature and poetry. We will stop twice on this shore hike for poetry readings.  BYOP (bring your own poem) written by you or someone else.  Or just come along to enjoy the scene. Meet at the end of Sammy’s Beach off Old House Landing Road, via Alewive Brook Rd. (Turn right at the end of Old House Landing Rd).

Leaders:  Leeanne Domash and Laurie Adler


October 19, Wednesday, 10 A.M.                                             CEDAR POINT PARK (3 miles)

For some of the best water views on the East End, nothing beats this easy wooded trail to Hedges Banks overlooking Gardiner’s Bay.  Meet at the log cabin park office building just inside Cedar Point Park off Cedar Point Road (which is off Alewive Brook Rd) in East Hampton.

Leader: Gene Makl 


October 22, Saturday, 9:30 A.M.                       THREE GRACE ESTATE ANNIVERSARY HIKES

Following a short ceremony, you will have a choice of three hikes through the Estate. Meet at the Van Scoy Cemetery near the schoolhouse plaque on Northwest Red, 0.2 miles west of Alewive Brook Rd.  For more information call Richard Lupoletti

1. Ghost Town Hike:  This will be a narrated 3-mile hike with stops.  Leader : Lee Dion

2. Short Hike to Van Scoy’s Pond:  A one-mile stroll. Leader: Richard Lupoletti

3. Loop Hike No one knows the Grace Estate better than Rick Whalen, a major force in the preservation     efforts. He leads this 3-4 mile moderate-paced hike. Bring water.


October 26, Wednesday, 10 A.M                                        OCEAN VIEW TRAIL (3-4 miles)    

This scenic hike takes us from Napeague, past Fresh Pond, and up and down the somewhat hilly Ocean View Trail.   Meet on Napeague Harbor Rd. off Rt 27.

Leader: Ed Porco


October 29, Saturday  10 A.M.               STONY HILL/TOPSIDE AND UNDERSIDE (3 miles)

A loop through the Stony Hill area will include trails in the Highpoint Preserve in Amagansett and the Accabonac Preserve, and the old town brush dump (euphemistically referred to as “Accabonac Meadows”) in Springs.  Meet at the corner of Accabonac Highway and Stony Hill Road.

Leader: Nancy Kane 




October 30, Sunday 10 A.M.    EST                           HITHER WOODS IN AUTUMN (10 miles)

Falling oak leaves, yellowing green beech trees, and views across Block Island Sound will grace this tour-de-force of one of L.I.’s most natural areas.  Moderate to brisk pace; bring lunch and liquids. Meet at the Montauk Recycling Center parking area off Rt 27. 

Leader: Rick Whalen .



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