This "Section Hike" is long in distance (7.9 miles) with terrain that is ideal for hikers looking to take their hiking experience to the next level. There will be one relatively steep ascent to the summit of Soapstone mountain where on a clear day we may be able to see Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts (a near future hike) and Mt. Monadnock, New Hampshire (a future hike), other than that we will hiking fairy easy terrain at a brisk pace keeping the hike in the 3 to 4 hour range. Please note the start time as we will be on the trail at 10:00 am.
This is a Section Hike - which means there will be car shuttling involved... thus we will meet at the end of the hike and car pool to the beginning. We will then hike back via the trail ending at the cars having 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: 7.9 miles
Location: Meet at the parking area where Old County Road and Avery Road meet in Stafford, CT.
Pace: A brisk pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance.
Food and Drink: A snack or two and two quarts of water.
Equipment: Spring is upon us, 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 come upon us, you will start to get warm and most likely start to build up a sweat so wear layers that can be removed if it is cool in the morning. Also there may be times when you may need to add a layer so pack an extra on a warm morning.
Cotton is NOT appropriate wear when executing activities that cause you to sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking apparel with this in mind...jeans are especially off limits as they become heavy and uncomfortable when wet hindering your ability to hike and keep pace with the rest of the group, this is why we ask that you dress in the appropriate attire when hiking with the group. 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.
Bug repellant and sun screen are again a necessity now that the warmer months have come upon us.
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 original (FIRST parking) location 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. If you are unfamiliar with the area, please don't post.
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