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Elliott Bronson Trail Hike followed by Tubing...

This moderate hike is good for people somewhat new to hiking that want to go beyond a walk in the woods and become a stronger hiker. After we sweat our way to the top of Ragged Mountain, in the People's State Forest, we will head to Satan's Kingdom in New Hartford for fun in the river.

•  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.

Link:  People's State Forest

We'll hike for about 4 miles on the Elliott Bronson Trail heading up and over Ragged Mountain and then to the Soapstone Quarry.  This is an out and back and there will be no need for car shuttling.

Hiking Distance: 4 miles

Directions to the hike:  From the junction of East River Road and Route 181, in Barkhamsted, travel north on East River Road 0.8 mile to the PEOPLE'S STATE FOREST sign. Turn RIGHT at the fork onto Greenwoods Road. Continue 0.2 mile to the Stone Museum, on the left. Hiker parking is available at the Ullmann Picnic Grove just below the museum.  Hikers may only park at the museum when the museum is closed.

Entre-outing: Tubing!  Bring a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet; sandals that strap on (not flip flops), a towel and sunscreen for the TUBING portion of the day. 

Read more about tubing way below.  There are some safety factors and waivers that you will want to read in advance.

Tubing Cost:  $20 cash only (no checks, no debit/credit, no ATM on site)

Apres-Hiking/Tubing:  For those who haven't had enough, we will make our way to a local watering hole for a late lunch/early dinner following the tubing adventure.

Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must as we hike on trails not walking paths.  Proper clothing is 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. 

Legal Stuff: By clicking on "Count me in" or "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:

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.

Tubing Cost:  $20 cash only (no checks, no debit/credit, no ATM on site)

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. 

To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up) rather than posting comments. Postings become announcements to everyone which can be annoying. The postings to the site should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have email functions for conversations between members.

Please do take the time to read the entire event description. Much of the info is directly from the Satan's Kingdom website. There is also a copy of the waiver you will sign, below.

The 2.5-mile tubing run is more calm than wild, but you will encounter three sets of rapids. To be safe, face forward, keep your feet up, and hold on tight. The second set of rapids is the most likely to toss you off your tube and lifeguards are stationed at this section. The rest of the river is unattended. Much of your ride will be a lazy drift 

Wear:  Old shorts, swim suit, sunscreen, sneakers/water shoes/strap-on sandals. If you bring sunglasses, put them on a string! If you wear flip flops you won't leave with them. Pack a towel and a change of clothes - and leave them in your car. You'll want the change of clothes to come to the Apres-Tube event (info below)! Don't wear/bring sunglasses, a hat, jewelry, cell phone or anything else that you wouldn't want to lose.

The Kingdom's list of Do's and Dont's: 

Tubing the Farmington River isn't for everyone. You must be at least 10 years old and at least 4 feet tall.  You must weigh at least 50 pounds and may weigh no more than 300 pounds and you need to know how to swim. Maximum chest size (as defined by the U.S.C.G. designation on the largest P.F.D.) = 62”

No dogs . The current can be strong in places, especially after a rain. The water is cold, and once you start your ride, there's no turning back.

Use restrooms before you set out. The time of your ride can vary based on the current, you're looking at at least two hours stuck in a tube. Plan to wait a bit, wet and cold, at the other end for the Farmington River Tubing blue shuttle bus to pick you up.

River tubing is not for some people. This is not a man made amusement park ride, it is mother nature's river.

Upon arrival, read all information signs, ask questions, and be sure you want to partake in this activity before you rent equipment. Once you rent equipment there are no refunds. 

You must return the equipment properly. You will be charged for equipment lost, damaged, or not properly returned. You must get to the designated take out area of the river (2.5 miles away) to get the bus ride back. There is no other place to get out or way to get back.

Satan's Kingdom does not control the river or any part of it. You are on your own. You must securely fasten you own personal flotation device and safely maneuver your own tube. If you need instructions, ask before you enter the river. 

The river is rough and contains class 1, 2, & 3 rapids, rocks, trees, and other obstacles. You can be injured! You can fall out of your tube and you are on your own to get  back to it. The river is unattended! There is a assistant at the 2nd rapid only. Their purpose is to assist if your feet get stuck in the rocks and are trapped under water. This can  happen if you try to stand up in the rapids; for your safety, Do Not stand up in the river. The assistant cannot leave their post, retrieve tubes, or assist people who have  fallen out of their tubes. They must maintain their focus for foot entrapments. 

If you have an emergency along the river you are on your own to get notification to the bus driver at the take out, the office at the start, or the assistant at the 2nd rapid so we can  notify “911” of your situation. The tubes are not puncture proof. Popped tubes must be returned to get another one. We do not control the weather. It can change at any time. It is your choice to rent or not; given the weather conditions during the duration of your ride.

Everyone who uses the rented equipment must be able to swim through class 1,2, & 3 rapids. You cannot use the rented equipment if you are; pregnant, under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other imperative substances, experiencing neck, back, or other  conditions that could be aggravated by the use of the equipment. 

No ropes, paddles, fish poles, or other hazardous items allowed. The equipment is not designed for pets, therefore they cannot accompany you. 

No smoking. No food, beverage, or other potential litter allowed. 

Remember:  They except cash only and there is NO ATM on site.

More from Satan's Kingdom website - PLANNING YOUR DAY TUBING:

Wear bathing suits or shorts; or whatever you are comfortable swimming in. It's also a good idea to wear something on your feet: Sneakers, Teva's, water shoes, or wetsuit boots. Don't wear heavy boots.Leave all unnecessary items that you don't want to lose, at home(eyeglasses, watches, rings, favorite hats, and jewelry are commonly lost during tubing.)Our P.F.D.'s (life jackets) get a lot of use and are always wet. We do wash them weekly but they still smell. You can bring your own coast guard approved P.F.D. (life jacket) to wear instead of using the ones that we supply. If you bring your own it must be a coast guard approved P.F.D. (life jacket).Changing houses and restroom facilities are also available.Although no effort is spared to provide you with a safe tubing experience, water and river activities have both inherent and unknown risks and dangers. These include but are not limited to injury or loss of life. Assistants are posted at the second set of rapids (this is the largest set during the tube ride) to assist you if you have an emergency. The rest of the river is unattended and you will be on your own. Everyone (including minors) must sign a waiver before tubing down the river.

The Farmington River Tubing Waiver which you must sign at the time of rental to participate:

Participants Voluntary Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement 

Read Before Signing

This is a legal binding contract. North American Canoe Tours, Inc. & Farmington River Tubing

Participants Name (Print) ________________________________________________________ Emergency phone #_______________________________ Age_________________(If under 18 you must have the bottom section signed by your parent/guardian)

In exchange for being allowed to use the equipment rented from Farmington River Tubing and to participate in any way in the activity of river tubing and its related events, I the undersigned, for myself and my successors or assigns, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that: 1. I can swim and I am physically and mentally capable of participating in this activity. 2. Farmington River Tubing is a rental company which rents inner tubes, PFD’s, and Transportation. It does not own, control, alter or maintain the river or

the surrounding areas including the Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation area, the Nepaug State Forest, the Private property along the river, nor the D.O.T. &

D.E.P. property located at the take out. 3. The use of the equipment rented from Farmington River tubing, the transportation provided, and the activity of river tubing and its related events is

inherently hazardous. By way of example, and not limitation, these hazards include: wet or uneven surfaces, slips, trips, falls, collisions with or entrapment

in rocks or trees both above and below the water, equipment failure, vehicle accidents, encounters with wildlife, and weather conditions. 4. The risk of injury from these hazards, both known and unknown, as well as from the use of the equipment, the transportation provided, and the use of the

river and its surrounding areas is significant. Including but not limited to; cuts, lacerations, bruises, sprains, strains, dislocations, broken bones, head

injuries, drowning, permanent paralysis, or death. 5. I have familiarized myself with the conditions of the river, including its sides and the surrounding areas, and the weather conditions/forecast for the

duration of my use of the equipment and my involvement in the activity. 6. I knowingly and freely assume all risks, both known and unknown, related to the use of the equipment, the transportation, or the activity of river tubing

and its related events; even if arising from the negligence of the Releasees or others, and assume full responsibility for myself while using the equipment,

the transportation, or while participating in the activity of river tubing and its related events. 7. I willingly agree to comply with all written and verbal terms, conditions, warnings, restrictions, and directions given by Farmington River Tubing or others

for the use of the equipment, the transportation, and the activity of river tubing and its related events. 8. If I incur any injuries while using the equipment or participating I will immediately notify a Farmington River Tubing representative, fill in and sign an

accident form, and seek any necessary medical attention at my own expense. 9. I, for myself and on behalf of successors, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify, hold harmless, and

promise not to sue Farmington River Tubing, North American Canoe Tours Inc., its officers, officials, servants, volunteers, agents and or employees, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, promoters, property owners or lessors, public entities, and any other individual that is connected in any manner with the rental of the equipment, the transportation, or the activity and its related events, from any and all claims, demands, losses, and liability arising out of or related to any injury, disability, or death I may suffer, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. I agree that should I or my successors or assigns assert a claim as a result of my use of the equipment, transportation, or participation in the activity of river tubing and its related events, the claiming party shall be liable for the expenses, including legal fees, incurred by the releasees. The claim shall be submitted to arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, and not by way of civil lawsuit filed in either the state or federal courts. Three arbitrators, including one neutral shall be utilized.

11. Every term and provision of this contract is intended to be severable in whole or in part. If any of them are found to be unenforceable or invalid, that shall not affect the other terms and provisions, which shall remain binding and enforceable on me, my successors and assigns.

I have read this document, fully understand its meaning and intent of same, understand that I am giving up substantial rights by signing it, and sign it voluntarily for the privilege of using the rented equipment, the transportation, and participating in the activity of river tubing and its related events.

Participants Signature:______________________________________________________________________________________Date:______________

Consent and release of Parent or Guardian for minors under 18 yrs old.

I am the parent or guardian of the minor listed above. I certify that they properly fit into the equipment, that they are able to properly use it, and that they are capable of participating in the activity of river tubing and its related events. I certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent to their use of the equipment and participation in the activity of river tubing and its related events. I agree that the terms of the contract above shall likewise bind me, my child, my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns. I hereby release and shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Farmington River Tubing and North American Canoe Tours Inc., its officers, officials, servants, volunteers, agents and or employees, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, promoters, property owners or lessors, public entities, and any other individual that is connected in any manner with the rental of the equipment, the transportation, or the activity and its related events from every claim and any liability arising out of my minor’s use of the equipment, transportation, or participation in the activity of river tubing and its related events. I further promise not to sue the entities referenced above on my behalf or on behalf of my minor listed above. I have read this document fully. I fully understand its meaning and intent of same. I understand that I am giving up substantial rights for myself and for my minor listed, and voluntarily sign it for the privilege of allowing my minor to use the rented equipment, the transportation, and to participate in the activity of river tubing and its related events.

Print name:____________________________________________ Signature:___________________________________________ Date:_______

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  • Carol A.

    Short but sweet hike. Got our heart rates up a couple times though. No view from the top but the soapstone quarry area was very interesting. The tubing was fun but a little chilly. All in all a great day. Thanks to several new comers for coming out to play with the rest of us!

    August 20, 2013

  • Vicki

    It was great to meet everyone! Today was lots of fun leaving out that middle part. Wonderful news, if my car is OK, it may not cost me a penny out of pocket & my rates may not go up, so it may just have been an aggravation.

    August 18, 2013

  • Linda

    Two fun events in one day! Fun people to spend the day with!

    August 18, 2013

  • Andre

    I'm really glad I went to that. Carol you are awesome !!!

    August 18, 2013

  • michael

    I have read description, be tailing you. Until Then l will be a "wolf pack of one"

    August 18, 2013

  • michael

    For those of us running crazy late what trail are you taking

    August 18, 2013

  • Eugenia

    car wouldn't start, calling AAA. Have fun hiking/tubing! I might still join you for tubing

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woohoo, I can make it!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gonna bow out my back is still bothering me. Have fun!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My schedule just freed up but still can't go, keeping a promise to a friend.

    August 16, 2013

  • Jeremy H

    Hey Carol Ann, thinking about joining you guys for this one--but instead of tubing, tagging alongside in my kayak. Would that be alright?

    August 16, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Should be fine. They have a parking and launching area right as soon as you enter the drive (way before you get to the rental area). Parking is slim there however... And this river won't be like the lazy river we paddled in Bantam! Lots of rocks too!

      August 16, 2013

  • Britta R.

    Called and apparently, they don't allow preggers to tube... A-holes. :)

    August 5, 2013

    • Carol A.

      You wouldn't be a happy person if you were thrown out of the tube and hurt yourself let alone Milo. Come on the hike then while we tube take a nap! You can rejoin us for the Après event!

      August 5, 2013

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