This is one in a series of section hikes traversing the Mattabaesett Trail from North to South. Each hike will be 5 to 7 miles of moderate hiking over a 3 to 4 hour duration. The group will meet at the end of the trail head and car pool to the beginning. We will then hike via the blue trail, back to the cars and make arrangements to pick up the cars that were left at the start. It would be nice to have a group of people who are interested in completing all of the sections. Connecticut Forest and Park awards a patch to those who do so.
Section 10 – River Road- Rock Pile Cave- Bear Hill, (The Last of the Mattabesett Trail)
Distance: 4.9 miles
Terrain: This relatively short section contains short rolling elevation changes.
Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance. If you are a beginner or have felt overly challenged by some of the other hikes run by this group; you should feel more at ease with this hike. That being said this is still a hike and not a stroll through the woods, if you are not in the hiking shape you would ultimately like to be, here is an opportunity to to push yourself a little without needing to kill yourself over a long steep distance.
When: Sunday 11AM EST 6 October 2013 please note the later start time
Meeting location:Road Side Parking on west side of 1530 River Road, Middletown, Connecticut We will form car pools and drive to road side parking along 400 Brooks Road, Middletown, Connecticut,
Who to look for: Red Dodge Wagon.
Food and Drink: A snack and a TWO quarts of water.
Après Hike Activities: There are many nice places in Middletown however, I am not particular familiar with them so, with please feel free to make a suggestion
Trail Map: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide233002.jpg
Background: The Mattabesett Trail is a 50-mile (80 km) long, hook-shaped Blue-Blazed hiking trail in central Connecticut and a part of the New England National Scenic Trail. One half of the trail follows the high traprock ridges of the Metacomet Ridge, from Totoket Mountain in Guilford, Connecticut to Lamentation Mountain in Meriden, Connecticut from south to north. This ridge is known for its biodiversity, miles of scenic cliffs, and rugged hiking. The second half of the trail extends north from Guilford to Middletown, Connecticut and ends at the Connecticut River. Here, the trail follows an upland of metamorphic rock with occasional views and dense forests.
Important features along the trail include Lamentation Mountain, Chauncey Peak, Higby Mountain, Besek Mountain, Fowler Mountain, Trimountain, Pistapaug Mountain, Totoket Mountain, the Broomstick Ledges, Seven Falls, and Coginchaug Cave. The Metacomet Trail continues north from Lamentation Mountain where the Mattabesett Trail leaves off.
The geology, ecology, and landscape of the trail are similar to that of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to the north in Massachusetts.
In 2000, the United States Congress authorized the National Park Service to research a new National Scenic Trail now tentatively called the New England National Scenic Trail in southern New England, which would include the Mattabesett Trail as well as the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and the Metacomet Trail.
The combination of the Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett trails is also often referred to as the '3-M', 'MMM' or Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail. The New England National Scenic Trail will eventually include all or almost all of the 'MMM' trails as well as a proposed extension trail from the southern-most point on the Mattabesett Trail through Guilford, Connecticut to the northern shore of Long Island Sound.
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