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American Legion State Forest - after work hike!

This is not a beginner hike, but it is only about 4 miles in length... We will do an out and back on the blue-blazed Henry Buck Trail and accomplish three Vistas (2 of which we will see twice as we return down the big big hillside).

For those of you who've done People's with me... this is similar terrain. It will be ALL UP for the first 2 miles. Then all down.

As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance events, please do not use the "no rsvp" unless you previously rsvp'd yes and need to change your plans. We make this request because all rsvp responses become emails to the leaders. If you have not signed up as a yes, then we already know you are a "no" so please conserve on the emails. Other Meetup groups may have a different rsvp preference.


From the junction of Route 318 and Route 181 in Pleasant Valley (near Barkhamsted), go north on River Road 2.5 miles to the ruins of a footbridge. The trailhead is on West River Road across from the stone abutments at the river's edge.

I have never hiked this specific trail before. It is not a complicated trail, but be forewarned.

Trail Map:

Apres-Hike: As always, we will have an Apres-Hike outing. It's likely we will be thirsty and hungry after this event thus the executive committee has chosen Portobello's for the after event.  Portobello's is on Route 44 and likely to be on the way home for most hikers:

107 Main St  New Hartford, CT 06057

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In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

I am participating in this event with the understanding that many photos will be taken and it is likely that I will appear in one or more photos. And the Connecticut Hiking Alliance takes a LOT of photos! And we post many many! Be forewarned. If you are in the witness protection program, this group is not for you.

Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must as we hike on hiking trails not walking paths.  Proper clothing is also important; please dress appropriately and be prepared for changing conditions taking layers off or putting them on may be needed during the stretch of a hike and perhaps facing a pop up shower.

Cotton is NOT appropriate wear when executing activities where you sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking apparel with this in mind... denim is especially off limits as it becomes heavy and uncomfortable hindering your ability to hike and keep pace with the group. If you have trouble on the hike, you will negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of 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.


Food and Drink: Snacks - especially proteins and sugars and AT LEAST two quarts of water... as it will likely be hot!

Bug repellent and sun screen are a necessity.

NOTE: Please make any general comments regarding how to improve or alter the overall processes of all the outings in the DISCUSSIONS tab. Requests for autographs should go through my marketing coordinator. Questions and comments to this event should be posted below.

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  • Brigitte W.

    The pictures are great! Had a great time! Hope to see you all soon.

    August 2, 2013

  • Carol A.

    The bugs and views were the best parts! Thanks everyone for coming out after work to play in the woods.

    July 31, 2013

  • Tom

    Pretty area to hike. Was worth the drive.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Tom

    May be running a few minutes behind, but will try to make it

    July 31, 2013

  • Alison

    I'm sorry to cancel! Study, study, study! I promise I'll see you Saturday and Sunday!

    July 31, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Looking foreword to taking a break from packing and hiking again! Tim said he might join us

    July 30, 2013

  • maria


    July 26, 2013

  • Tom

    In my back yard!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oops, forgot I'll bi in Wyoming

    July 13, 2013

  • Stuart R.

    sounds like a challenge and good work out

    July 13, 2013

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