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5 Mile Chimney Rock Hike!

Join us for another short hike in partnership with Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, this time around the Washington Valley Park area, starting at Chimney Rock Park!

Unlike my regular long distance Sunday hikes, this one is aimed toward beginner and novice hikers, as well as anyone interested in getting involved with hiking and healthier living.

Joining as co-leader for this event is long time friend Dr. Jennifer Redmond, owner of Samsara Chiropractic. For ten years, she has worked as a Chiropractor, promoting holistic natural remedies with a compassion for people and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Along the way, Dr. Redmond will lead us in a brief mindful meditation, where we will stop and enjoy a few silent moments.

Along the way, Dr. Redmond will be happy to answer questions for anyone who's had an interest in Chiropractic. She can break down misconceptions about the practice and offer advise for healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, I will share some of the historic background of the area, point out invasive species, and discuss the importance of suburban greenways and trail connectivity.

The $10 cost for this hike will go to help fund our causes. One of the purposes of the our non profit organization, Metrotrails, is to promote public open space and obscure greenways, as well as the history and ecology of their routes. Your donation will help to fund more web space for the growing Metrotrails database on as well as NP registration fees, maps and research, graphics design, as well as steep cost to run this group and hopefully the publication of out future trail guide books (we've so far only been able to publish one hardcopy book, on the former Warren Railroad).

My regular full day, long distance hikes, usually on Sundays, will always remain free of charge to promote friendship and hiker community. We plan to offer more beginner and novice hikes like this in the future where a service is provided and we ask a small donation to help with our initiative.

This particular hike will take us from Chimney Rock Park along part of the Middle Brook Trail, which has a lovely series of boardwalks and overlooks of the Washington Valley Reservoir. The trail is very interesting in that it is maintained almost entirely by scouts, but was strung together using easements and developer's incentives. The history of the trail will be presented along the way.

We will then follow some of the trails around the south side, and up over a rocky outcrop to the East Branch Reservoir with views of the dam and Buttermilk Falls. We'll loop around this and to Chimney Rock itself, which overlooks a quarry and the Washington Valley, as well as out toward Bound Brook.

The trail leads further through woods which served as part of the Middle Brook Encampment, the first place the American Flag was ever flown over the Continental Army. We'll continue to close in the loop at Washington Valley Park.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Mike. It was great to get out in such a beautiful area. I learned a lot about an area I thought I already knew pretty well.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Mary F.

    Greatly enjoyed, thank you!

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • joe

    Interesting trails, enjoyable group, packed snow/ice and good weather all made for a heart healthy hike. I am tired and so is Trump. Thanks for organizing.

    2 · March 1, 2014

  • Naomi

    Awesome hike today. Was nice to meet everyone. Thx Mike! The dogs definitely added a wonderful touch:)

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Went pretty well! It was nice to get out, and glad it wasn't too deep.

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, dog friendly hike?

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mike, I'm going to open it up to my dog hiking club (­) as we usually do 5-6 miles. If any objections, please let me know.

      2 · February 24, 2014

    • Mary F.

      I'm bringing my dog Rocky. He is not a barker and he is very friendly.

      2 · February 28, 2014

  • Liam

    Sorry Mike and Susie. I had completely forgotten I promised to scout a hiking trail with a friend.

    February 24, 2014

  • Susie D

    Tubby ... I'll see you on this. I'll have to make sure I leave by 2 but it so close to home it shouldn't be a problem. GirlJam is performing that evening. DogE's going ... wanna come see us perform?

    February 23, 2014

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