Section Hike the Complete Metacomet Trail: Section 6 Rehike

  • December 2, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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This is one in a series of section hikes traversing the Connecticut portion of the Metacomet Trail from North to South. This is not a beginner hike, we will maintain a good pace.

Each hike will be 5 to 7 miles of moderate to hard 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 our way 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 6 – Rattlesnake Mountain to Pinnacle Rock

Distance: 5.8 miles

Terrain: Cross the fields of the Hill-Stead Museum and then follow the blue blaze along a short distance of road until you reach the base of Rattlesnake Mountain. After Summiting Rattlesnake the trial descends before raising again to a trap rock ledge with several outlooks to the west. Cruise the ridge until you do a quick decent to New Britain Ave. 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.

When: Sunday 10AM EDT 15 July 2012

Meeting location: Parking lot of the business located at 440 New Britain Ave, in Plainville CT. We will split up into car pools and drive to the trail head just off the parking lot located at the dead end of Hill-Stead Museum Road in Farmington CT.

Who to look for: Silver BMW.

Food and Drink: A snack and a quart of water. Plans can be discussed for an after hike lunch meeting location during the hike.  See suggestions below....

Trail Map: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_232.htm

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. Views are generally to the west from West Suffield Mountain south through Ragged Mountain; west and south in the Hanging Hills. The Farmington River cuts through the ridgeline between Hatchet Hill and Talcott Mountain in the Tariffville Gorge (east of Simsbury). Historic features along the trail include Old Newgate Prison museum and copper mine in East Granby; Heublein Tower on Talcott Mountain with expansive view of four states; the Hill-Stead museum in Farmington, Connecticut, notable for its French impressionist painting collection and gardens; and Hubbard Park of the Hanging Hills of Meriden, designed with the help of famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.[1][6][7] 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.[8] Viewshed from the ledges include agrarian land, suburbs, small towns, river corridors, the eastern Berkshires ridgeline, and metropolitan Meriden and Hartford.

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  • Eugenia

    Great hike - thank you to the organizers!

    December 3, 2012

  • Mary L.

    Very enjoyable. Thanks.

    December 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Somehow we didn't get lost, and most of us made it out. Great hike guys, thanks for coming along.

    December 2, 2012

  • Sue

    It was good to meet everyone today, thank you to the organizers/leaders for a great day, see you all soon

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the spirit of the group today-fun! Thanks to organizers/leaders.

    December 2, 2012

  • scott

    Good time nice to meet new people

    December 2, 2012

  • Carol A.

    Fantabulous. Thank you Dave for leading the hike. We liked the fog, the cave, the giant boulder climb and the tree obstacles best.

    December 2, 2012

  • Bob

    Great hike again, nice to see all the new faces

    December 2, 2012

  • Carol A.

    Thank goodness I took that photo... else what would we have to talk about?

    1 · December 1, 2012

    • Bob

      What an organizer you always keep us smiling. :-)

      1 · December 1, 2012

  • Bob

    Well maybe if we went in July when the description states it would be the best bra-less bar

    December 1, 2012

  • Carolyn

    Sorry I can't attend - but thought you all might want to be aware that Sliders claims to be the Best Sports BRA - not Bar - BRA,.. Tee hee! Are you all sure you want to go there?

    1 · December 1, 2012

    • Bob

      Another smiley face that will not be there, hope to see you at the next one.

      1 · December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sure.

    December 1, 2012

  • Melissa

    Dave, Carol Ann, and Bob,

    I'm not sure if you all did this section before but if so, do you remember exactly how long it took? I'd love to go, especially because of the nice temps forecasted, but have a holiday party tomorrow night and want to make sure I will have enough time to get ready.

    December 1, 2012

    • Melissa

      Thanks Carol Ann for that info. I'm going to pass on this hike bc of the time crunch for me. Enjoy the weather tomorrow!!! =)

      December 1, 2012

    • Bob

      Ahh One less smiley face on the trail, hope to see you on the next one.

      December 1, 2012

  • Bob

    Carpools?

    November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sliders will be good so we can compare it to J Tims. And they have plenty of screens in case there's a game on. There was something appealing about another Sliders I saw recently, just can't remember what it was. Hmmm

    November 27, 2012

    • Carol A.

      If you thoroughly read your hike description, you might recall what it was you found appealing about Sliders. :-)

      November 27, 2012

    • Bob

      I read it, looks like I might arrive a few months late, :-0

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alison

    This is Dave, I'm the one who handed out the cards. Thanks for joining! The hike this weekend isn't too bad and is pretty representative of the hikes we've been doing. If you've wandered around Sleeping Giant then you should be comfortable on this hike. But it's not a level walk and it is over 5 miles. There are some steep sections, but nothing too bad. And there are also some pretty good views from the high points. We are in the woods, so hiking boots or sturdy trail sneakers are recommended. Please reread the meetup description and let me know if you have any other questions. You can also look at our previous hikes and go through the pictures. You can even look at photos from the first time we hiked this section. As usual, we will be going to a local restaurant afterwards for a little socializing, if you have the time. Hope to see you there.

    Dave C

    PS We like to take pictures, so don't be camera shy.

    1 · November 27, 2012

    • Alison

      Hi Dave, thanks for writing back so promptly. I've signed up and am excited to meet you all. See you Saturday!

      November 27, 2012

  • Carol A.

    Dave- has anyone recommended an après-hike location? If not, I suggest J Tim's or Sliders! Both are near the finish line.

    November 27, 2012

    • Bob

      Sliders :-)

      November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the group. I love hiking and I am glad I found this group near my home to try some new trails! Looking forward to meeting you all this weekend. :-)

    November 27, 2012

  • Alison

    Hi Guys, I'm new to the group. I met one or two of you on Sleeping Giant yesterday and you told me about this meetup. I'm not a hugely experienced hiker, tho I am reasonably fit and was able to keep up with my friends on the purple/red trail for several miles. Is this hike good for me? I'd love to join.

    November 26, 2012

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