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CT Appalachian Trail Section 4 - St. John's Ledges - Route 4 Cornwall Bridge

This through hike is not for beginners and is ideal for hikers with intermediate or better hiking strength. This hike will take us from St. John's Ledges to Route 4 (Cornwall Bridge) on the Appalachian Trail.

This is a Section Hike - which means there will be car shuttling involved... thus we will meet at the end of the trail head and car pool to the beginning. We will then hike via the AT trail, back to the cars have one or two hikers shuttle the earlier drivers to pick up the cars that were left at the start.

Please do not use the "no" RSVP function unless you need to cancel from a "yes". This is a standard preference for all Connecticut Hiking Alliance Meetups. Other Meetup groups may have a different preference.

Distance: 7 miles

Location: Meet at the parking area for the Mohawk Trail at the intersection of Rt 4 and Rt 7 just West on Rt 4 and North on Rt 7 of the Cornwall Bridge, Cornwall, CT

Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance.

Food and Drink: A snack or two and a quart of water, a beer mug or wine glass depending on your preference.

Equipment: As we head into the spring months the weather and trail conditions will very dramatically therefore be prepared for all conditions. As with all hikes, hiking boots are a must and with the potential of mud and wet conditions extra care should be taking when selecting a boot, maybe an extra conditioning of waterproofing would not be a bad idea either. Proper clothing is also important, dress in layers, as we gather in the morning you will most likely have dressed for the current conditions then as we start to hike and the warmth of the day starts to comes upon us you will start to get warm and most likely start to build up a sweat needed to reduce your coverage (remove a layer or two). Also there may be times when you may need to add a layer or two. Cotton is not an appropriate wear when executing activities that cause you to sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking attire appropriately...jeans are especially off limits they are heavy and uncomfortable when wet. Inappropriate wear can impact your ability to hike and keep pace with rest of the group which can negatively affect the enjoyment of all the members of the group therefore keep this in mind when preparing for a hike. If you are uncertain as to what clothing or items are considered hiking wear, please email me directly, or email any of the co-organizers. We will also be able to share referrals to suppliers of both new and gently used hiking apparel and supplies.

Apres-hike: As always, we will follow the hike with a social outing at a local establishment. We ask that anyone familiar with the area nominate a location that is near the start of the hike and is suitable for our group (ie; we will be fresh off the trail.) We also try to find places that will give us separate checks - with a smile. If you know of a place in the area, feel free to post your suggestion to the group.

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  • Eric (.

    I Just finish my homework!! I gonna rock this trail with you guys..

    March 30, 2013

    • Teri

      Charge that hill!

      March 31, 2013

    • Eric (.

      Yeah!! I m all about the charge! Good thing you held me back! Otherwise Keg and I would not have met.

      March 31, 2013

  • Eric (.

    Bob,
    A great hike with all the elements of surprise one can ask for.
    1. Disclaimer of rough wet trails, half of us were ready to conquer the likes of Everest, the other half in shorts.
    2. Started with a Nice easy tease, a romantic walk in the park if you will. Ending it with an episode of people vs. mother nature.
    3. Puzzles. How will the hikers get to the other side of the rivers rage?
    4. You had me on keg.

    Great seeing everyone on the trail! Hope to join you the next outing!

    Cheng

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First hike with TCHA- AWESOME: 1: People, 2: Leaders/Organizers, 3: Hike 'difficulty'.., 4: Beautiful Area and Day, and 5:.... the "Surprise" before "charging that hill!"... LOL Thanks Bob!!

    March 31, 2013

  • Carol A.

    Bob is full of surprises! This was the best keg walk ever. And a nice 7.96 miles too. The last 2 miles of up ---- plus the treacherous river crossing were most adventuresome. Thank you Bob!

    March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carol Ann- when you have a minute, I'd like to see the pic of me in the tree.. I'd like to share the pic with some FB friends. Thank you.

      March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. I'm looking forward to the next section hike! Hope you and Dave had a good hike yesterday!

      March 31, 2013

  • Teri

    Thanks for a great hike and a great day! So much fun!

    March 31, 2013

  • Lindsley C.

    Great time, great people. Thank you Bob.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, nice river scenery!

    March 30, 2013

  • Richard C

    That was fun trying to figure out how to cross Guinea Brook. The water was high due to the spring season. Food at Kingsley Tavern afterwards was delicious.

    March 30, 2013

  • Bob

    Here are a couple comments I would like to make about Appalachian Trail hiking then I will clear up the meetup and parking issue.
    The Appalachian Trail is not owned or maintained by any specific government, organization, property owner or the like, it meanders trough many states, across many different terrains, along all different types of roads, is at time easy to access and at others hard to access, so please do not expect that driving conditions or parking situations are going to be perfect. By the way the whole idea of the Appalachian Trail is that hikers get to enjoy the untouched nature these lands offer and if paved roads and parking lots were installed for easy of access the lands would no longer be untouched.

    March 29, 2013

    • Bob

      OK the AT crosses Rt 4 west of the Cornwall Bridge (well marked from miles away on Rt 4 and Rt 7) this area only offers off road parking but I did find a close location where we can park, the parking area for the Mohawk Trail at the intersection of Rt 4 and 7 just west (4) North (7) of the Cornwall Bridge. This will add as much as a mile to the hike but it is mostly down hill.

      March 29, 2013

    • Huntley J.

      Bob - What type and color car do you have?

      March 30, 2013

  • Huntley J.

    Looks like I can make this one as well! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    March 25, 2013

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