This is the first time for this group to walk this trail. The trail is a beginner- to moderate-level hike through the woods. We'll be picking up the red trail in the northern third of the park. There's off road parking here- no parking lot. Perhaps there's room for a half dozen vehicles.
This location is not that hard to find. From Dixwell Avenue (Rt. 10) in Hamden, turn onto Benham Street. Follow Benham all the way until it ends when it intersects with Main Street. Turn right on Main Street then take first left onto Mountain Road. There will be a place to park on the side of the road about 500 yards from where you turned onto Mountain from Main. If you see greenhouses on the right you've gone too far.
Too intimidated to go to a gym? Like the outdoors? Want to be encouraged to live healthier? Looking to get out of the house to meet new people while getting in shape? Hamden Walks is a program designed to encourage ANYONE to come out and just walk!
This is a group for anyone interested in walking, hiking, fitness, and exercise. Although we focus on New Haven County walks, we may sometimes walk in other parts of Connecticut. We also participate in guided walking tours in different towns as we hear about them. We will describe accurately the degree of difficulty of our walks, so please read our listings carefully. We hope to appeal to a broad range of walkers.
GENERAL RULES REGARDING PETS AND CHILDREN: NO PETS, NO CHILDREN; WALKS WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR PETS AND CHILDREN TO KEEP PACE WITH.
A photo is now required for membership. Please have a photo of yourself, not your pet, a cartoon, or another image. Effective 9/30/14, people who sign up without a proper photo will be removed from the list until they post a photo of themselves.
PLEASE CHECK THE WEB PAGE FOR ANY WALK YOU SIGN UP FOR 2 HOURS BEFORE THE WALK. WE HAVE HAD SOME HARSH WEATHER THIS WINTER: RAIN, SLEET, ETC. THAT CAUSED CANCELLATIONS AND RESCHEDULES.
Although this is a group for walkers at many levels, we are not medically trained for emergencies; therefore, we cannot accommodate people with medical issues that may create an emergency during the walk. Organizers reserve the right to turn a member away from our walks (for safety reasons) if we believe the member has a health issue that may be exacerbated by the walk, causing an emergency.
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This is an incredible way to meet other people who enjoy being outdoors and working toward a healthy, active lifestyle. Join us on one of our walks!
DISCLAIMER: We walk as a group of friends. By way of attendance at our events, members and their guests agree that Hamden Walks and its organizers and event hosts will not be held liable for any injury/illness while walking or attending the event. Members walk at their own risk and need to ensure that they are fit enough and adequately prepared before attempting the walk.