Adult Hikes

Aspetuck Land Trust offers numerous educations and specialty hikes for adults and children that are open to everyone and offer a great way to explore and learn more about the diversity of over 1,700 acres of open space in our community. Please join us for one of our great upcoming hikes for adults listed below.

To reserve a spot, email RSVP contact with your name, the date(s), and number in party to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript If unsure of weather, call 203-331-1906 the morning of hike for status. No rain date unless noted in description. Wear appropriate clothes, shoes, and bring a water bottle. There is a 30 person maximum per hike except where noted. All hikes easy to moderately difficult.

For detailed maps and directions to each preserve, select the Town name on the Visit a Preserve page and select the name of the Preserve. 

2017 -- HIKES FOR ADULTS & FAMILIES --  
Upcoming Hikes: 

Saturday, June 3rd
National Trails Day Hike with ALT Board Member Lisa Brodlie and Donna Naser of the Aspetuck Land Trust Land Management Committee. A unique hike through Trout Brook Valley.
This is a 4-5 mile educational hike covering various terrain. Leaders will point out how a land management plan designed as a result of a habitat assessment study done on this preserve is being implemented. ALT Land Management committee members and TBV Trail Stewards will join the walk to share their knowledge with the group. Experienced hikers only. Reservations required. Open to the public. 
When: 9:00am - 12:00pm, June 3rd (rain date: June 4) 
Where: Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Weston, CT
Parking:  Bradley Road entrance, Weston, CT
Length: Approximately 3 hours.
RSVP:  Please email Lisa Brodlie at: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript .
Experienced Hikers ONLY. This is a difficult hike & the length is 4-5 miles.
Reservations Required. Open to the public. 
For additional information and to  RSVP please email Lisa Brodlie:  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 7:00 am on June 3rd. 

Wednesday, June 14th
Brew Lab Presentation: Walking the Pacific Coast Trail with Anne ORegan

In 2010 Anne ORegan left her home in Boston and traveled west to make a trek that fewer than 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California, on the Mexican border, she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Traveling through California, Oregon, and Washington, she completed her hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada. Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way.
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00PM rain or shine.
Location: 
Aspetuck Brew Lab, 3389 Fairfield Avenue (in the Black Rock neighborhood), Bridgeport
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours (optional). This is a fun event, stop by for the full presentation or for a snippet and to say hello.
RSVP: Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
For Additional Information: Please Email Alice at 
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Open to the public.

 

Saturday, June 17th (rain date June 18)
Tails, Trails and Tales with Milan Bull and Jason Hofmann

Tails, Trails & Tales is a hike and conversation focused on finding a sustainable balance for off-leash dog walking and environmental protection on conserved land. The event is led by the trio of conservation biologist Milan Bull, his dog Edge and noted dog trainer Jason Hoffman. Bull, the Connecticut Audubon Societys senior director of science and conservation, together with Hoffman, owner of 203 Pet Care, discuss what dogs sense on a hike in the woods, what biologists observe, how seemingly small events can have very significant environment consequences, and the best strategies for having a good time with your dog while hiking Aspetuck Land Trust preserves. At the request of hike leaders (to avoid chaos), do not bring your dog to this demonstration and education event.
Time: approx. 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: Stonebridge Preserve, Weston, CT
Location & Parking: 388-398 Newtown Turnpike (Route 53) just south of the junction with Norfield Road, on the Wilton/Weston border.  Parking is in the fenced area on the west side of the Turnpike.
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.

Thursday, June 22nd
Shore Birds with Tina Green
Bring your binoculars to this exciting event hosted by Tina Green, bird expert! She will lead the discussion while you view the abundant birds such as osprey, shorebirds, ducks, and more in the beautiful Ashe Creek area. Learn about the different species as well as the conservation importance of this natural salt marsh. This event will consist of easily manageable terrain for the whole family!
Time: 5:45 6:45pm
Where: Great Salt Marsh Island / Ash Creek
Location & Parking: Park at St. Marys by the Sea, Gilman Avenue, Bridgeport
Length: Approximately 1 hour.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (25 people MAX; open to the public)

Saturday, June 24th
Aspetuck Land Trust Annual Meeting
Join fellow Land Trust members on Saturday, June 24th from 10:30am to noon in the beautiful Trout Brook Valley orchard for the Land Trusts annual meeting. A short business meeting will precede a walk through the orchard with its stunning views and there will be something fun for the children too! Members will be asked to approve a slate of directors, class of 2021, which consists of: Dick Ritzel (At-Large), Ross Ogden (Easton), Nancy Moon (Fairfield), Tom Johnson (Weston), Heather Williams (Westport), and Jacquie Littlejohn (At-Large). Refreshments will be available. Bring your family and a blanket to sit on. There will be bathroom facilities.
Time: approx. 10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Trout Brook Valley Orchard, Easton, CT
Directions & Parking: From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park.  
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
Additional information about this preserve can be found HERE.

 

Saturday, July 29th (rain date: Sunday, July 30)
Butterflies with Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi at Randalls Farm
Join local Lepidopeterist Victor DeMasi, research associate at Peabody Museum of Natural History, on this walk through this outstanding open meadow to observe butterflies and learn about their ecology and conservation.
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Where: Randalls Farm Preserve
Location & Parking: 700 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT; Preserve is located one mile north of Silvermans Farm on Sport Hill Rd (Rt. 59) in Easton. Small parking lot is located in preserve off Sport Hill Road. For additional parking, take Adams Rd to Kellers Farm Rd and park at the cul-de-sac
Length: Approximately 2 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.
 

Saturday, August 5
Geology and Natural History
Geology and Natural History hike with Norwalk Community College Anthropology Professor Ernie Wiegand through the Jump Hill Preserve.
Time: 9:00am 12:00 noon
Where: Jump Hill Preserve, Easton, CT
Location & Parking: (1034 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton, CT 06612) Follow Black Rock Turnpike (Rt 58) 6.8 miles north of Merritt Pkwy, Parking at Jump Hill is directly off Black Rock Turnpike opposite Country Club Lane.
Length: Approximately 3 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.

 


Saturday, August 12th
Scott Kruitbosch, Odonata, and Other Flying Objects
Join Scott Kruitbosch, bird expert from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, as he discusses birds and odonatan, an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies and damselflies. The uncommon Tiger Spiketail dragonfly, a threatened species in CT, has been sighted in Trout Brook Valley. The terrain on this walk through the conservation area will be easily manageable.
Time: 11:00am 1:00pm
Where: Trout Brook Valley Conservation area, Easton, CT
Location & Parking: Bradley Road entrance to Trout Brook Valley, Weston
Length: Approximately 2 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript ; 25 people max, open to the public
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.

 Saturday, September 9th

Saturday, September 9th
Who Lives in the Great Salt Marsh
Take a walk with us at low tide. Hear the call of the wild and smell the salt air! Fairfield Audubon Society naturalist Colleen Noyes will lead us on a walk along the edge of the marsh. Look for signs of life in the salt marsh, such as crabs, sea stars, mussels and minnows. Sneakers/boots are a must!
Time: 8:00am 9:30am
Where: Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve, Bridgeport, CT
Location & Parking: Ash Creek Open Space, Fairfield, CT 06824
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.

 

Sunday, September 17th
Seasonal Tree and Wildlife Hike with Dave Beers
Learn about trees, birds, and other wildlife and their habitats from Forester Dave Beers of the LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary in Weston, who conducted a Forest Management Plan on the LeGallienne property. Dave Beers has a B.S. in Biology and Natural Resource Management from SUNY ESF Syracuse and a Masters of Forestry from the University of Maine. This hike will consist of easy terrain.
Time: 12:00 noon 1:30pm 
Where: LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary, Weston, CT
Location & Parking: (September Ln & Hillside Rd, Weston, CT 06883) North on Weston Road (State Route 57) past Center; left at flashing light; up hill a half mile turn right on Hillside North; then left on September Lane. Trail entrance is through the opening in split rail fence on right. Parking is along the road.
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours.
RSVP:  Email Alice at  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
Additional information about this preserve, including maps and directions, can be found HERE.

 

For more information and to become a member visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org
Annual memberships start at $50. Parking and directions will be emailed to those who RSVP. 

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT provides passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of our towns. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,700 acres of land.

ALT has 1,000+ local members who support the organization through annual tax deductible membership contributions. Members receive our cool member decal, 4 town map, access to special events and member only hikes, and the satisfaction that you are supporting a local conservation group that makes our towns more green, and more fun!