Save The Sound to lead 'black diamond' hike in Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook — A rigorous “black diamond” hike of the 1,000-acre forest known as The Preserve will take place on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chris Cryder, special projects coordinator for Save The Sound, will lead a 5- to-7-mile, fast-paced hike that will cover several hills and vistas. Hikers should meet at the top end of Ingham Hill Road, across from 241 Ingham Hill Rd. In case of extremely severe weather, the hike will be rescheduled to Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.

Shorter, more leisurely hikes will be offered at 10 a.m. and noon on March 22.

To register, send an email to: or call (860) 395-7016; or to Kate Brown at or at (203) 777-7367.

The hikes are being offered as The Trust for Public Land is reaching out to residents of Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook about the opportunity to purchase The Preserve and permanently protect it. It has been meeting with residents, clubs and parent-teacher groups, town committees and other venues.

To schedule a presentation, call Cryder or Brown. Volunteers are also being sought to help with outreach.

For more information about The Preserve, visit


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