This is a more challenging UP UP right from the start (not for beginners) 5 mile portion of the Metacomet trail. We will do an out and back, given our limited time after work. This is not a beginner hike and we will maintain a good pace.
Depending on our time we will cover trap rock ledges and Pinnacle Rock.
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Distance: at least 5 and maybe 6 miles
Terrain: There are some steep ascents, be prepared to keep up with the group.
Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance. This is not a hike for slow hikers.
Meeting location: Parking lot of the business located at 440 New Britain Ave, in Plainville CT.
Food and Drink: A snack and a quart of water.
Trail Map: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_232.htm
Apres-hike: As always, we will follow the hike with a social outing at a local establishment. J. Timothy's Taverne is right up the road from our trail head and those who wish for a bite after the outing will be heading to J. Timothy's. They are known for their dirty wings.
J. Timothy's Taverne:
143 New Britain Ave Plainville, CT 06062
Background:The Metacomet Trail traverses the traprock Metacomet Ridge which extends from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts/ Vermont border. This ridge, rising hundreds of feet above the Connecticut River, Farmington River, and Quinnipiac River valleys, is a prominent landscape feature of central Connecticut. From south to north, the trail uses the ridges of the Hanging Hills, Short Mountain, Ragged Mountain, Bradley Mountain, Pinnacle Rock, Rattlesnake Mountain, Farmington Mountain, Talcott Mountain, Hatchet Hill, Peak Mountain, and West Suffield Mountain. Abrupt vertical cliffs with visible talus slopes and frequent viewpoints are common throughout.
The traprock ridges and talus slopes of the Metacomet Ridge are also home to several unique microclimate ecosystems that support species of plants that are unusual or endangered in this part of New England, and are a seasonal migration path for raptors. Views from the ledges include agrarian land, suburbs, small towns, river corridors, the eastern Berkshires ridgeline, and metropolitan Meriden and Hartford.
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