BLT Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, February 28, 2021
South End of Johnnycake Mountain Rd.
Join Karen Geitz (Burlington Land Trust Director) for a snowshoe hiking adventure. We’ll explore the history of the area where the towns of Burlington, Harwinton, Plymouth and Bristol meet. Kids will have the adventure of completing a scavenger hunt.
Our snowshoe hike will be 3.4 miles long. We will take the Tunxis Blue Trail from the end of Johnnycake and head towards Greer Rd. Along the trail we will climb hills, bushwhack through groves of trees and discover remnants of the past. A lot of people lived and traveled through this area during the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of the trail is pretty flat, but there are gentle inclines and declines as well as obstacles to climb over.
What to do to prepare for the snowshoe hike:
You can rent snowshoes and poles from Sportsman’s of Litchfield (860-567-3167) and it is recommended to reserve them a week ahead of time. Another option is to reserve a pair of snowshoes by Thursday, February 25th from Karen and she will pick them up from LMHS on Friday, the 26th. There are only ten pairs available and you will have to bring your own poles.
If you don’t want to use snowshoes, you can hike in your boots. Again we recommend poles for potentially icy conditions.
Bring snacks and water. Wear sturdy shoes and/or boots with laces to use with the snowshoes and bring one or two hiking or skiing poles for balance.
Here’s where we meet:
From the intersection of Rtes. 4 and 69, head south towards Bristol on Route 69. Take the right immediately after Dunkin Donuts. This is Rock Rd. Travel on Rock Rd. for 1.6 miles. At the end of Rock Rd., take a left at the stop sign onto Johnnycake Mountain Rd. Drive .9 mile towards the dead end of Johnnycake Mountain Rd and watch for South Rd., which is a left. Park your car on the right side of South Rd.
GPS Coordinates for the hike’s starting point: 41.746701, -72.991759
The hike begins at 1:00 so please allow for time to park, to arrive at the end of Johnnycake and to put on your snowshoes.