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Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 14, 2019 10:22am
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CT DEEP says Wharton Brook SP has reopened and they expect Sleeping Giant to open back up this spring.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970307 by Trailhead Tessie
Jan 15, 2019 8:41am
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So excited! Will be checking on the WB boxes ASAP!
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Reply to: #970348 by shamrock mom
Jan 17, 2019 5:56am
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I was at Kettletown SP recently, which had unbelievable damage from the same storm. The 3-mile Pomperaug-Crest Trail loop had hundreds of blowdowns, all of which had been cleared off of the trails. I mean the full length of the trail was blowdowns, not just patches. The Miller Trail loop to the north fared better, but one section also had severe damage. The good news is that despite the massive tree carnage, I was able to find all seven boxes I was looking for. One I had to crawl into the crown of a fallen tree, but it wasn't that bad. Another I had to step over some limbs. I hope most of the boxes at Sleeping Giant fare as well as the ones at Kettletown. Here's a photo at Kettletown: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DaUw29R4qKP7yiBb6
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #970307 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 18, 2019 6:46am
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There is a June 1st Trails Day Hike at Sleeping Giant, I have Fridays off so I hope to spend a big part of the day there on May 31st.
Re: Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #974302 by cooledcoyote
Apr 18, 2019 8:47am
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Is there a definite opening date for the park? Just because there is a Trails Day hike there doesn't necessarily mean the park will be open to the general public yet. I heard they were trying to be open by Memorial Day, but they were also trying to be open last fall. An authorized, guided hike might be allowed even when the park is still closed.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #974308 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 18, 2019 10:00am
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My sister has been helping with the clean up. It still sounds like there is a lot to get done. She expressed concern over the proposed memorial weekend openeing.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #974308 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 18, 2019 10:30am
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All I see is there is a hike planned, hopefully it is fully open by then.
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Reply to: #974311 by SherlockMiles
Apr 18, 2019 12:04pm
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My sister has been helping with the clean up.

Please tell your sister "thank you!"

Seems like there are two different issues with the opening. One is the picnic area and the new landscaping/seeding, and it would be very bad to have people walking all over that before it's fully established.

The other is the risk of someone getting hurt on a trail that isn't cleared, especially if crews are in there chainsawing. I can attest that people are pretty stupid when our volunteers are using power equipment. We'll have signs up telling people to stop and ask permission before proceeding but they will still walk directly under a leaning tree that someone is sawing.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #974314 by Trailhead Tessie
Apr 18, 2019 3:29pm
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It is heartbreaking to see the logging operation going on along Mt Carmel Ave. The crossover trails won't have a tree on them at this rate.
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Reply to: #974319 by DevilinDog
Apr 18, 2019 4:39pm
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It is heartbreaking to see the logging operation going on along Mt Carmel Ave. The crossover trails won't have a tree on them at this rate.

Give it a few years. The open canopy will let more light in and hopefully the shrubs and saplings will be able to explode, if there aren't too many deer. After that, the forest will be a lot thicker and there will be more wildlife.