Not for beginners, this hike is geared toward more experienced hikers. This hike will not be a long hike, but you will have some ups and downs and if we have snow or ice, you'll definitely have a some sort of challenge.
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.
Distance: 4.5-5 miles (ish) - A little simpler since many may have spent the previous evening at a party.
This is an out and back hike with a loop section too.
PETS: Allowed provided they have a leash and proof of vaccinations and are well behaved on the trail. They must also be able to manage more than 10 miles.
NOTE: Please make any general comments suitable for all participants in the Posting section below. If you have questions about this hike, please email the specific leader (host) for this hike (rather than all leaders and rather than posting). If you wish to communicate with a specific member of the group, please email them directly (go to their individual profile to do this) rather than post.
Terrain: Ups and downs, but less elevation gain than our usual hike
Pace: A steady pace with breaks for water and views. We typically hike at 2-3 miles per hour pace.
Apres-Hike: Time Out Tavern http://www.timeouttaverne.com/ 100 New Haven Rd, Durham, CT (860)[masked]
The Time Out Tavern is just 4.3 miles down the road.
To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up). The postings to the event should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have email functions for conversations between members.
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 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 snow or sleet or strong winds. Most likely you will need microspikes. If you are not familiar... read about them on the Discussions Tab. You will also find a photo of them among the photo albums labeled WINTER GEAR PHOTOS.
Cotton is NOT appropriate. Please 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 arrive wearing clothing poorly suited for hiking you may be taken aside and asked to reconsider.
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.
Please bring along a dog treat for Tony... provided he signs up for this hike!
Food and Drink: Snacks - especially proteins and sugars and two quarts of water... If you aren't properly nourished you WILL have trouble on the hike and will negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of the group.
Bug repellent is also a necessity. Ticks are around all year.
Legal Stuff: By clicking on "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. The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is known for posting MANY photographs. If you do not like to have your photograph taken and posted, then this group is not for you.
DIRECTIONS: From Route 77 at I-95 (exit 58) go north on 77 for 9 miles (nine). Parking area is on the left.