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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Oswegatchie Hills Preserve, CT
Trails
Trails: Gay City Trail, Shenipsit Connector Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most are easy as the warm dry weather has the trails looking more like mid-June than early May 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Tried to improve the water bars on the wetter spots along the Gay City Red trail. Salmon River Trail almost near it's junction with the Day Pond South Loop has a downed tree the mountain bikers have built ramps for in order to go over it. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Have seen many dogs out on the trail, all well behave, many owners putting them on the leash as I approached. Some owners need to do better jobs picking up after there dogs though, particularly at Gay City 
Bugs
Bugs: Beginning to get bothersome in SE and Eastern CT 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: In the past several days I've been to the Oswegatchie Hills Preserve in Niantic, Rocky Neck, Day Pond & the Salmon River trail in Colcster/East Hampton and Gay City and the Shenipsit Connector loop in Hebron/Glastonbury. During this warm dry spell, all are drying up nicely and in general brooks are running at summer levels. Mt. Laurel is closest to blooming on the Shenipsit trail in the Pine Ledge area near the northern junction of the northern junction with the connector trail and along the northern section of the connector. There are even a few blueberry flowers beginning to form. In these spots, the tree canopy is a bit more sparse than Day Pond or Gay City.

I think the cool LIS water and fog have been keeping the coastal properties a bit behind the others for Mt, Laurel flowers and spring growing in general. Will revisit Oswegatchie and Rocky Neck on the 11th and if they are now in bloom, will create a new post. if not, I'll update this weeks travels on Sunday the 17th.  
Name
Name: Mike P. 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mapaggioli4000@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-05-11 
Link
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