Although there had been rain overnight, by morning it had cleared and conditions were good for a walk in the woods along the Mattatuck Trail toward the Upper Shepaug Reservoir. A good-sized group from Warren and beyond met with land trust board member and orienteering expert Dave Schneiderbeck, who led the hike. This portion of the trail had been blazed recently, and provided scenic woodland views, including a few narrow spots and a little stream to be forded. Fueled by trail mix cookies and good spirits, hikers covered about four miles in an out-and-back route. The event was one of many sponsored by local land trusts as part of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's CT Trails Weekend.