Leaders: Juan Sanchez, assisted by Sigrun Gadwa. E-mail Juan at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Access I-395N from I-95N, Rte 2 East, or Rte 6 East. Exit is ~8 miles north of Norwich. Take
Exit 22, but go straight onto Griswold Expwy (not onto Rte 164). Drive 0.4 miles & turn R on CT-Rte 138
(Voluntown Road) and drive 1.7 miles. Turn right on Bethel Road Drive and drive 3.3 miles. Turn right on
Rixtown Rd; turn left at 0.2 miles to stay on Rixtown Rd., & drive 1.6 more miles to Number 369 Rixtown
Road, Griswold on right. Park at side of road. Site can also be reached from the Southwest via Rte 201.
Level of difficulty: moderate, a steady climb on an old logging road, optional forays into trailside talus.
Juan Sanchez will do a basic introduction for the mosses and lichens. He will provide a few hand outs with illustrations and a list of some recommended books.
We’ll ascend the eastern flank of Rixtown Mountain in the northeastern corner of the 540-acre Tritown Forest Preserve (Avalonia Land Conservancy). The bedrock is gabbro, an ancient basalt found in SE Connecticut, which formed on the floor of the Atlantic ocean. Flora is similar to that on traprock ridges .
We’ll note the transition from post agricultural forest dominated by white pine and witch hazel to sugar maple forest. After passing steep talus slopes and a sugar maple “cove”. We’ll reach the broad summit, with oaks and abundant blueberries and huckleberries. Mosses and lichens are abundant along this trail. Expect to see some plants characteristic of mineral-rich, mafic (subacidic) sites, like red elderberry and marginal woodfern.
Follow link below for a slideshow of this trail, by Sigrun Gadwa, photographed in September 2019. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=156329648800838&set=a.156316342135502