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Event Rating: Level 4 (Strenuous) Recommended for members who have completed at least one Level 3 (Difficult) hike.
Distance: 9.0 Miles
Time Duration: 4.5 Hours
Blaze Orange: Required
Most trails in New England have been around for centuries and the exact origins and meaning of the names have frequently been lost to the mists of time. The Walkabout Trail is an exception.
Even though many paths have been running through this area for a long, long time, the Walkabout Trail was cleared and cut by Royal Australian Navy sailors in 1965. Their ship, the HMAS Perth, was docked in the city of Newport, a few hours away. The story goes that the sailors wanted to escape the bacchanalian debauchery that was Newport at the time so they went out into the deep woods and carved out a nice trial. The trail was named Walkabout, after the wandering predilections of the Australian aborigine.
This hike will be held on the 100 anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy in tribute to those sailors who constructed this trail.
The Walkabout Trail has three main paths, a choice of 2 mile, 6 mile, or 8 mile loops. Lots of ups and downs but no real steep climbs. Plenty of loose rock, exposed roots and mud to keep a hiker's attention but it can be called a strenuous to hike. We will be hiking the 8 mile (Orange) trail with a 1/2 mile access from the meetup location for a total of 9 miles.
The trail goes by Wilbur Pond and Bowdish Reservoir and has some interesting water views and If you look carefully you might notice ducks, kingfishers and geese. The forest is mostly pine, hemlock and Mountain Laurel and deer, mink, raccoon, muskrats beavers and some cool snakes can occasionally be seen.
Hunting season is in session; therefore 200 sq inches (minimum) of Blaze Orange is required.
Also a good pair of hiking boots and a minimum of 1 liter of drinking water will be required.
Finally bug spray and snacks are recommended.
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.