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East Hampton Trails Preservation Society




October 2008



Quote of the month
Roads go ever on and on
over rock and under tree
by caves where never sun has shone
by streams that never find the sea.

—J.R.R. Tolkien from his poem “the travelling song”


This month we offer two maintenance workshops and a narrated nature walk co-sponsored by NYS parks, starting at 9 A.M.  Except where noted, EHTPS hikes start at 10 A.M. For general information about hiking in East Hampton, go to www.ehtps.org or write to .

The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 6st, at 7:30 PM in Ashawagh Hall 

OCTOBER 1, Wednesday 9 A.M.                               EXERCISE HIKE   (3-4 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   

OCTOBER 4, Saturday 10 A.M.                                 ONE OR TWO LOOPED TRAILS (4 or 8 miles)

The first portion is an easy 4 mile wooded path in the Buckskill preserve.  Stop there, or continue on a more challenging climb up a switchback trail to Miller’s ground.  Both sections end at our starting point on Daniels Hole Rd. (Wainscott Northwest Road) where it is crossed with the Power Line Rd.  Hikers will see the damage caused by illegal motor vehicles, but will also observe the trail repair and erosion control measures implemented by EHTPS volunteers.  Both hike sections will end with a surprise treat. Meet at Daniels Hole Rd. and Power Line Rd.  Leader:  Bill Nicholas

OCTOBER 8, Wednesday 10 A.M                               BIG REED HARVEST HIKE (3 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:  Richard Lupoletti  

OCTOBER 11, Saturday 9 A.M.                                 FROM THE WOODS TO THE BAY (10miles)
Longshanks Hike # 9
.  We will hike around Fresh Pond and then follow the Paumanok Path into the woods of the Bell Estate, crossing into the Stony Hill area and on to the Archery Trail and Jacob’s Farm Loop.  The hike will end with a walk on the bay beaches via Barnes Hole Rd.  At Fresh Pond Inlet we may take off our shoes and wade across the water.  At the end of the hike you may go for a swim or kayak at Fresh Pond on your own.  Meet at the Fresh Pond Parking Lot in Amagansett.                         Leaders:  Valerie King and David Jones  

OCTOBER 11, Saturday 10 A.M.                              SHORTSHANKS HIKE (2miles)

Good things still come in small packages.  This easy 2 miler (some beach walking) has the best water views in the Northwest, including the Cedar Point Lighthouse, Barcelona Neck, Sag Harbor and Shelter Island.  Meet at the water end of Mile Hill Rd., off Old Northwest Rd. in East Hampton.  Leader:  Gene Makl


OCTOBER 15, Wednesday 10 A.M.                          POINT WOODS  (4 miles)                                                                                                                            
Hike trails lined with large beech, tupelo, American holly, oak and mountain laurel to the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic.  We will pass Battery 113 in Camp Hero.  There are a few steep areas and a number of stream crossings; one or two stepping stones.  It’s a beautiful hike in any season. Meet on Camp Hero Rd., a right turn off Rte. 27 in Montauk, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch.   Leader:  Larry Raymond

OCTOBER 18, Saturday   9 A.M. to noon               WALKING DUNES WALK ( 2 miles)
Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating area with State  Parks naturalist Mike Bottini.
Meet at the end of Napeague Harbor Rd. Co-sponsored by NYS Parks.
Leader: Mike Bottini and

OCTOBER 18, Saturday 10 A.M                               STEPHEN TALKHOUSE PATH (4-5 Miles)
Stephen Talkhouse was proclaimed the world’s greatest walker; he was said to have walked from Montauk to Brooklyn in one day.  Join us on this somewhat hilly path named in his honor.  Meet at the Hither Hills Overlook off Route 27, 1 mile east of the Montauk Highway/Old Montauk Highway split. Leader:  Lee Dion

OCTOBER 22, Wednesday 10 A.M.                          WATERFENCE (5 miles)         
A vigorous hike through some beautiful landscape. Come join our leader on a walk in Hither Woods. We will follow the Serpent’s Back Trail to the Waterfence shoreline overlooking Napeague Bay.  Meet at the Hither Hills West Overlook  off Rt. 27, about 1 mile east of the Montauk Highway/Old Montauk Highway split.  Leader:  Ed Porco     

 OCTOBER 25, Saturday   9 A.M. to 4 P.M.            TRAIL MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP #1
 Join Mike Vitti of C.L.I.M.B for a morning presentation on trails maintenance problems and solutions, followed by trail work in Hither  Woods. Meet at Hither Hills campground. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by NYS Parks.    Leader: Mike Bottini  and .  

OCTOBER 25, Saturday 10 A.M.                               NORTHWEST EXPLORATION (4 miles)                                                                    
Enjoy over 1000 acres of preserved town and county woodland; much of it was when the Northwest was a thriving community three hundred years ago.  Meet at the school house plaque at the sharp curve on the northern end of Northwest Road in East Hampton.  Leader:  Gene Makl               

OCTOBER 29, Wednesday   9 A.M. to 4 P.M.          TRAIL MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP #2
 A continuation of the Saturday workshop, with projects in Hither Woods, for those that could not make it the previous weekend. Meet at the  Hither Hills overlook. Lunch will be provided. Leader: Mike Bottini  and  .  

OCTOBER 29, Wednesday 10 A.M.                             RIGHT OF WAY TRAIL (4+ miles)   
This charming fern-lined trail was the last section of the East Hampton’s part of the Paumanok Path to be cut.  We will walk along the trail to a quiet lake beach where we will stop for refreshments before returning to the meeting place.  Meet at Montauk Library Parking lot on the east side of town. Leader:  Eva Moore



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