The Shelton Trails Committee will offer a guided hike in the Birchbank Mountain Open Space property on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. The hike will be about three miles.
During the Trillium Hike, city conservation agent and Trails Committee member Teresa Gallagher will point out and explain many varieties of blooming spring flowers, such as trillium (a type of flower that includes about 50 species). Many spring flowers are edible.
Trout lily to dwarf ginseng
Some of the flowers that may been seen on the hike include trout lily, cutleaf toothwort, blue cohosh and dwarf ginseng.
“Peak spring wildflower season is generally the same time as opening fishing (third Saturday in April) or Tax Day (April 15), or sometimes earlier and sometimes later,” according to information on the Shelton Trails Committee website. “An unusually cold March set things back, but after a few warmer days the flowers are really starting to pop.”
Where to meet
Hikers should meet one mile past the beach at Indian Well State Park, near the railroad crossing (get off Route 110 at the state park entrance to get to Birchbank Road). For full directions and map, go to sheltontrailscom.blogspot.com.
Able bodied children and leashed dogs are welcome. The terrain is not suited for bikes or strollers.
The rain date is Sunday, April 28.