This hike welcomes beginners - because if you can't keep up we'll catch you on the way back! But you'll want to keep pace because we are having a picnic at the top... Bring a dish to share... and if you've been to one of our picnics in the past you'll know that there are foodies among us. This is not a salsa and chips crowd.
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Link: Talcott Mountain State Park
We'll hike for about 1.5 hours, on both the Heublein side trail and the Metacomet trail. Then we'll picnic and face another 45 minute return hike. We will take the side hiking trail up (near the caves) then switch to the Metacomet and return down on the "dirt road" used by the less hearty tourists.
Leashed dogs and vaccinated cats are welcome at this outing.
Distance: 4.5 - 5 miles
Entre-outing: Rather than the usual post-hike dining/drinking outing, we will take a little longer break during the hike at the top of Talcott Mountain.
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 for activities where you sweat and cool. Therefore select your hiking apparel with this in mind... denim is 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 of 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.
Bug repellent and sun screen are a necessity.
Food and Drink: Bring a dish to share - and a plate, napkin, plastic flatwear, cup for yourself. And if you plan on an adult beverage... BYO. And also for yourself AT LEAST one quarts of water... as it will likely be hot! They do have a drinking up top for refills.
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