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December 2006


Quote of the month

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December

A magical thing and sweet to remember;

“We are nearer to spring than we were in September,”

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

--Oliver Hereford


Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and rejuvenate your spirit in the serenity and beauty of the woods.  In response to numerous requests, we’ve added a Thursday afternoon hike this month.  Questions about any of the listed hikes should be directed to the hike leader. For general information, go to www.ehtps.org or write to . The next EHTPS meeting will be held on Monday, December 4th at 7:30 PM in the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, 5 Old Stone Highway (opposite Ashwagh Hall).

 All are welcome.


December 2, Saturday  10 A.M                                     WAINSCOTT DUAL-DISTANCE (4 OR 8 miles)

Challenge yourself climbing the terminal moraine of Miller’s Ground for a good workout, then call it a day. OR stay for a turn across the road on the Buckskill Airport loop as a tune-up for next Sunday’s 13-miler.  Meet on Wainscott Northwest Rd (Daniel’s Hole Rd) just north of the East Hampton Airport. Leader: Richard Lupoletti 


December 2, Saturday                                                  ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT PACIFIC EAST RESTAURANT

Call Arlene Makl at for information.


December 6, Wednesday 10 A.M.                                 FARM EXERCISE HIKE (3 miles)

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

December 9, Saturday 10 A.M.                                     NORTHWEST PAUMANOK PATH  (6 miles)

If you are in the mood for a bracing, fast-paced walk in a beautiful piney woods, this is the hike for you. Meet at the corner of Route 114 and Edward’s Hole Road in East Hampton.  Leaders: Larry and Judy Kron


December 10, Sunday  9 A.M.                                        PAUMANOK PATH #3  (13.5 miles)

The bulk of this longest of the four hikes taking us over the entire East Hampton segment of the Paumanok Path is through the spectacular Hither Hills/Hither Woods Preserves. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the public parking lot across from Kirk’s Park in downtown Montauk for our car move to the beginning of the hike.  Leader: Rick Whalen

Rain date: Sunday, December 17

December 13, Wednesday  10  A.M.                               CHATFIELD’S HOLE  (3 miles)

Named after an early East Hampton settler, Chatfield’s Hole is a beautiful glacial kettle hole surrounded by stately pine trees.  Purchased for preservation in 1976, the area around the hole is one of the town’s first open-space acquisitions.   Meet at the parking area on route 114 at the intersection of Edward’s Hole Rd in East Hampton (2 miles north of Stephen Hands Path).  Leader: Gene Makl 

December 14, Thursday  1 P.M.                                    BUCKSKILL HARDSCRABBLE LOOP (2.7 miles)

Enjoy the afternoon sun on a moderately-paced walk through the flat terrain of beautiful Buckskill.  Meet at the intersection of Rt 114 and Stephen’s Hand Path in East Hampton.  Leader: Richard Lupoletti      

December 16, Saturday 10 A.M.                                    POINT WOODS AND CAMP HERO (4 miles)  

Outstanding trees, plentiful American holly, and moss-lined paths help to make this of one of Montauk’s premier hiking areas. Come see for yourself on this relaxed-pace hike.  Meet at Camp Hero Rd, off Rt 27 about 1 mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk.  Leader:  Eva Moore


December 20 , Wednesday 10 A.M.                               BEACH WALK (2.5 to 3 miles)

A winter beach walk to Georgica Pond and perhaps beyond.  If the tides permit, we will take a small hidden path to West End Avenue and return via the roads.  Dress warmly.  Meet at the Georgica Beach parking lot near the west end of Lily Pond Lane.  Leader: Nancy Kane


December 23, Saturday  10 A.M.                                   HIKERS’  HOLIDAY / NO HIKE


December 27,  Wednesday 10 A.M                               HIKE AND MOVEABLE FEAST ( 4 miles)

This scenic hike has spectacular views from Panorama including the famous “Lost Boulder” on a 3-4 mile loop. Afterwards, enjoy mulled cider and goodies at the home of our leaders.  Meet at 148 Monroe Street in Montauk. (From Rt 27, turn right at Lincoln Rd just past Recycling Center, then left onto Adams St, then 2nd right onto Monroe.)  Leaders: Ed and Joan Porco  


December 30, Saturday  10 A.M.                                  SEAL HAUL-OUT TRAIL (3 miles)

This popular hike takes us along an easy wooded trail to the shores of Block Island Sound. If conditions are right, we will find seals sunning themselves on the rocks near the shore.  Dress warmly with proper footgear for weather conditions. Don’t forget binoculars. Meet at Camp Hero Rd in Montauk, a right turn off Rt 27 about 1 mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch.   Leader: Eva Moore 


 January 1, 2007, Monday  12 Noon                               20TH ANNIVERSARY NEW YEAR’S HIKE (10 miles)

Enjoy the magnificent solitude of Hither Woods on New Year’s Day.  This is the 20th year the leader has conducted this hike in the great Montauk wilderness – you won’t be disappointed.  Be prepared for a full afternoon; bring food and water.  Pace will be moderate.  Meet at Hither Hills West Overlook, Rte 27 about 1 mile from the split with Old Montauk Highway.  Leader: Rick Whalen 


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