Close this search box.

Steep Rockers Transform Meeker Trail

The Steep Rockers Rock Crew, which formed last fall, continued their work on the Meeker Trail throughout this past year. After receiving further training from Artie Hidalgo and Kent Stivers of the Jolly Rovers Trail Crew, the Steep Rockers continued to hone their craft throughout the year. Together, the dedicated team worked to “harvest” rocks from the surrounding forest, shaped them to the correct size, and set them in place. In total, they added an additional dozen steps to the eight steps that they had set last year.

The first and steepest section of the trail is now complete and is open for the public to enjoy. It provides hikers with a safer option to reach the Macricostas overlook, boulders trail, or Waramaug’s Rock. Not only is the trail safer, but it is also part of Steep Rocks’ efforts to make our trails more sustainable. In this case, the stairs are built on a slope that far exceeds a 12% grade, which is the point at which a trail becomes unsustainable and requires steps to stop erosion.

Additionally, the steps are armored on either side with bedrock or large stones, known as “gargoyles”, that prevents soil from either side of the steps from eroding and will provide a safe trail for generations to come. The Steep Rockers will continue the next portion of the steps next Spring, further improving the sustainability and accessibility of the Meeker Trail.

Check out the video to see pictures and videos of the Steep Rockers progress. We are looking for a few more volunteers to join our team. If you have experience or are interested in joining, contact Steep Rock’s Trails and Preserve Manager Merlin Ennis at

Share this post with your friends

Related Articles

Matching Gifts

 Did you know many companies match donations made by employees, employees’ spouses, and retirees, allowing employees to DOUBLE their generosity and impact? 

Contact your employer today to see if they will match your gift.


 If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can take advantage of a popular gift option called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) also known as a IRA charitable rollover.  QCDs offer simple ways to benefit Steep Rock and receive tax benefits in return.

To learn more, visit here.

Stock or Wire

If you’d like to give a gift via wire or stock, please reach out to for our account information.


You can donate through your donor advised fund in just three clocks on our website
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:

Our legal name: Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Tax ID: #06-6069060
Mailing address: PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794

Check Donations

Please make checks payable to Steep Rock Association. Our mailing address is:

Steep Rock Association
PO Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794