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Ragged mountain is a great hike, but you will need:
Good Hiking boots, socks
Food and Snacks (we'll always have a food break)
Layers of clothing
And the love of being outdoors!
Options: binoculars, camera, trek poles, sunscreen. Please email or call with your best contact phone number just in case something happens to hike leader the day before or the weather turns horrible! We usually make a decision on the weather the morning of the hike because forecasts can be dubious at times. Our phone and email are:
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We would sure love it if you were a member of the CT Sierra Club but you don’t have to be a member to come on a hike. All hikes are free of charge unless there are parking fees for State Parks or kayak rentals. Please consider the length and duration of the hike when considering bringing children along. We’ve had children on our hikes as young as 8 and then did fine, but you’ll know best. These are educational hikes but 2-plus hours may be a little much for kids any younger.
March 27th; Berlin, Ragged Mountain Preserve Loop (6 miles, 3 ½ hours).
Leave yourself a few minutes extra to find West Lane if you've never been there before.
This loop features several wonderful spectacular views, including the splendid vista from the summit of Ragged Mountain. We’ll also learn how to identify trees in their leafless state. An acoustical surprise: from far above Hart Ponds, hear the surprisingly loud beating of wings as waterfowl rise from the surface of the water. Our snack break will be on a ledge overlooking the Wassel Reservoir. The pace will be moderate, with some ups and downs involved. Sharp drop-offs near the trail make this hike unsuitable for children under 18. We can relax after the hike at Bella Pizzeria, in the Ferndale Plaza, off 71-A (north of West Lane). David Yih will be leading this hike.
Directions: From route 15 or I-91 take route 9 NORTH. At exit 24(FROM THE NORTHBOUND ONLY-there is no exit 24 heading south) go straight. Turn left onto 71-A. Turn right onto West Lane, and go until you see the the trail head on right.
OR: Look at a good map. From Hartford, take 84W to 72E at exit 35. Take right on 372(Corbin Av). Stay on 372. THE TRICKY PART: get onto 71A and West Lane will be a short distance south.