Two guided hikes set for Saturday in Shelton on National Trails Day

The Shelton Trails Committee will sponsor two free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 6, which is National Trails Day. One hike is intended for more advanced hikers. Rain date is Sunday, June 7 at 1 p.m.

The more leisurely and child-friendly hike will take place along part of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path. People should meet in the Pine Lake parking area on Shelton Avenue at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will walk to Oak Valley Road, where two alternative routes back will be offered (a vehicle will be stationed at the two-mile mark for anyone wishing to opt out early).

Total round-trip is about four miles. Leashed pets welcome. Afterward, walkers welcome to gather at Huntington Street Café. No registration required. Info: Richard Skudlarek at

More challenging hike

The other hike will be on the Shelton section of the blue-blazed Paugussett Trail. Pre-registration is required with Lynn Todd Reid at

People should park, sign in, and meet at 10 a.m. at the Indian Well State Park hikers car lot on the right, by the railroad crossing as entering the park road from Route 110.

Hike is about seven miles long on a trail, and isn’t suitable for novice trekkers, strollers, or small children. Leashed dogs welcome.

Hikers should wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and sturdy hiking footwear, and bring snacks and plenty of water. Bug spray recommended.

Hike guides will be Joe Edelstein and Lynn Todd Reid.