Before signing up for this event, Please read the entire Write Up and understand and agree to the enclosed Liability Waiver.
Event Rating: Strenuous
Distance: 8+ Miles
Time Duration: 4 Hours
Blaze Orange: NOT REQUIRED
Directions: We will meet at the picnic area at the northwest corner of Green Falls Pond. From the RI/CT border, follow Route 138 about 1.5 miles west to Green Falls Road. Head south for almost a mile, to the intersection with Fish Road at a small ticket booth. Turn Left and continue south for another 1.5 miles to green Falls Pond. Continue to the picnic / parking area on the right.
We will hike for 3 ½ to 4 hours around Green Falls Pond and the surrounding area, including sections of the Nehantic, Patchaug, and Narraganset Trails. Our path will head north from Green Falls Pond in a loop through the rolling terrain of the Patchaug State Forest, then back along the shoreline for views of the water and rock formations. At 1000+ acres and 2 miles from the nearest paved road, Patchaug State Forest is one of the more isolated (read peaceful) places in southern New England.
Our second loop will head south along the Narragansett Trail, following the RI/CT state boundary to head westward along Camp Yawgoog Road. After 1/4 mile or so we will turn north back on to the Narraganset trail and pass a LARGE ROCK CAIRN. Just beyond the cairn, the valley becomes narrow and steep. This will bring us to the highlight of the event: a steep, narrow gorge lined with Hemlocks above, moss-covered rocks all around, and a roaring brook below. Midway along the gorge, we will encounter a challenging stream crossing on a jumble of rocks and logs - it will test your courage and agility! At the top of the gorge we will see more water views as we walk along the western edge of the pond, returning to the starting point. A Map of Hike Route is on the W&R site at: http://files.meetup.com/1527097/Green%20Falls%20Pond%20Loop%20Hike.pdf
With the rocky trails and stream crossings, a pair of hiking boots is strongly suggested. As always bring sufficient water and snacks along for a 4 hour hike. Walking through the gorge will require traversing moderately steep, rocky slopes which may be snow-covered and / or icy, so microspikes will be required.
Liability Waiver:As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.Safety First!