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“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn.
Go on that hike, climb that goddamn mountain.” - Jack Kerouac   

HIKING & WALKING GROUPS (We have two groups!)

Wednesday and Friday Hikes - “Hikers in the Woods”
Leaders: Bill Blaufuss, Dave Bue, Mike Johnston, Michael Hehenberger, Sal Mollica, Baxter Urist, William Weiss
Email Bill Blaufuss at:

All 7 Days of the Week - Walkers
Leader:  Mike Boyle
Email Mike at:

With over 75 men on our email list, Hiking and Walking are among the most popular Y’s Men activities. We have groups that hike in the woods/trails on Wednesdays and Fridays with levels of difficulty to suit everyone. We also have “perambulators” who meet seven days a week to walk various locations around Westport/Weston.

We welcome all Y’s Men


General Hiking Guidelines

Wear proper shoes. Bring water. Dehydration can be a problem. Use hiking sticks if you feel more secure with them. Branches, roots, steep declines, ice, wet slippery surfaces, and inattention can quickly lead to a fall. We frequently hike outside the range of cell phones and carry no medical supplies or equipment beyond handling cuts and scrapes. Be aware of the risks and your own limitations and take proper precautions.

Hikers vs. Walkers/Perambulators

Hikers in the Woods – Wednesday and Friday mornings – We generally go to beautiful state parks and hike in the woods.

Wednesday hikes cover 3-5 miles and generally take 2 hours. Friday hikes cover up to 5-7 miles of a duration up to 2-1/2 to 3 hours. The Friday hikes tend to have some more challenging ascents and descents, although some Wednesday hikes have their challenges. We hike in Trout Brook Valley, Devil's Den, Collis P. Huntington State Park, and other locations. We tend to be a talkative bunch.

We hike a different location every time we go out. Notifications of location and meeting time are sent by email a day or two beforehand. If you want to join the email list for notifications, please contact Bill Blaufuss.

On most Wednesdays, the Hikers-in-the-Woods and the Perambulators meet up afterwards at a restaurant for lunch and a cup of cheer. 

Walkers -  Every day of the week we meet at specific locations to walk together. Just show up and meet other Y’s Men perambulators. Put your own small group together and saunter for an hour + walk. The objectives are good cheer, active conversation and a restful walk in the outdoors. We have a TeamReach app notification system to let other walkers know who will be there. To get on this notification list please email Mike Boyle at .

 Below are the daily times and meeting places for the Walks:  Please also check the calendar of events for updates.


Walker's Meeting Location

Perambulators Walk Route


1015: AM - Sherwood Island State Park - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT


1:00 PM - Norwalk River Valley Trail - Park at Public Parking lot, 171 Danbury Road (Route 7) , Wilton  - just north of Orem’s’ Diner. We'll leave the parking lot together and Walk the Norwalk River Valley Trail accross the street

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park


Nice shaded walking trail



10:00 AM – Grace K. Salmon Park, 88 Imperial Landing, Westport, CT 06880

Walk around various parts of town and back to the park.


10:00 AM - Sherwood Island State Park - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park


9:00 AM   - Coffee and Donuts - Sherwood Island State Park - During the Summer, we meet at the pavillion for Coffee and Donuts and schmoozing before our walk.  Check our calendar or the weekly newsletter which has the details for the week.

10:00 AM - Sherwood Island State Park Walk - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT  


1:00 PM - Longshore Marina Parking Lot - at the Longshore Marina

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park



Walk down to Compo Beach along water to Elvira’s and back.


10:00 AM - Westport Playhouse Parking Lot - The Westport Playhouse, Westport 

Walk around Westport


10:00 AM - Southport Train Station - – Park in front of Paci Restaurant at 96 Station Street, Southport

Walk to Southport and back to the train station.


10:00 AM - Westport Train Station – at Donut Crazy Restaurant (New Haven bound side of station)

Walk across the train bridge down to Longshore and back.

Once again, the leaders for the Hiking and Walking are listed below. Please feel free to contact us to join our outings.

Bill Blaufuss: Wednesday and Friday Hikes - “Hikers in the Woods”

Mike Boyle: 7 Days a Week - “Perambulators”

 "The Y's Men's hiking group enjoy a scenic rest during their hike"


"The Y's Men's at Putnam Memorial Park's Musem" 

Below: Walk through Norwalk's Calf Pasture Beach