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West Essex Trail Clean-Up!

This year’s West Essex Trail clean up is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 following the usual Saturday morning group run on the trail.  The trail run starts at 8am, and the cleanup about 9:15am.  Meet by the tennis courts in the Verona High School parking lot off Sampson Drive, between Grove and Fairview Ave.  The clean up takes about an hour, so we should be finished by 10:30am.  Bagels will be provided!

If you’re not familiar with the trail, it’s about a 6 mile round-trip (to the end and back).  It’s mostly a dirt and cinder path along the old railroad line from Verona to Little Falls.  It’s straight, narrow and blazed, so there’s little chance of going astray.  There are several convenient turn-around points if you want to run fewer than six miles.

This annual cleanup is dedicated to former ERC member Rod Munro, the first person to arrive at the very first trail cleanup, organized by George Studzinski in April 1996. Rod passed away a few months later while running with his wife at the Cedar Grove reservoir, not long after running on our first River to Sea Relay team with Tom Kelly. This is a way for us to honor Rod and help keep his spirit alive.


Gloves and other protective clothing are recommended for the cleanup (long sleeves and long pants) since there is poison ivy along the trail. Please try to bring one or two large, heavy-duty plastic bags. Pruning shears may be helpful for cutting back some of the smaller branches along the trail. For more information, please contact Mick Close (


 Directions to Verona High School lot: Take Bloomfield Avenue to center of Verona and turn onto Grove Avenue. Go north on Grove about 0.5 mile and turn left onto Sampson Drive. Just before Fairview Avenue (where Sampson ends), turn into parking lot on right (where tennis courts are and across from high school). Park at Fairview end of lot. (Sampson is one-way; don’t enter from Fairview.)


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