This is a 6.5 mile hike, as always a hike of this length is not for beginners but the hike itself does not sound to strenuous.
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From the trail head on Great Quarter Road in Newtown, CT the trail runs along the shore of Lake Zoar, and then loops back through the forest. The hike starts out with an easy walk just off the shore, until we reach a small sandy beach area where the trail will then become rocky and hilly - much more like your typical Connecticut trail making it a hike not a walk. The focal point of this hike is usually Prydden Falls but I am not expecting there to be any water running through them at this time of year making Prydden Falls a great water break stop in that there are flat rocks that can be used as resting places. We will be able to pass through the section of the trail that is closed April 15 through August 15 to protect wildlife (nesting hawks). Our biggest ascent (520ft) which leads us to a rocky summit has a set of rock stairs making it less difficult. I have overheard discussions where other hiking groups have taking a dip at the lake shore, this could be a consideration, we will have to see what the weather is like. This is my first time hiking this trail.
Time: 10:00 AM
Distance: 6.5 miles
Location: Meet at the Great Quarter Road Trail Head at the end of Great Quarter Road Newtown, CT
Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance.
Food and Drink: A few snacks and it is summer so at least THREE quarts of water! And eat before you hike as well. If you have trouble you will ruin the hike for others.
Equipment: Summer temperatures are here so be prepared but remember we are in New England and things can vary from day to day hour to hour meaning the weather and trail conditions can vary dramatically so be prepared for all conditions. As with all hikes, hiking shoes are a must, foot support is important as we hike on hiking trails not walking paths. Proper clothing is also important, please dress appropriately but be prepare for changing conditions taking layers off or putting them on may be needed during the stretch of a hike.
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 repellent 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. If anyone knows the area (Newtown, CT) please post a great place for post hiking friends to enjoy a beverage and bite to eat.
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