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CT Appalachian Trail hike: Bull's Bridge

  • Jan 12, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Join us for a moderate there-and-back-again hike along the ragin' Housatonic River via the Appalachian Trail in western CT. Beautiful views of the Housatonic River valley, and a great mid-river viewpoint at Bull's Bridge. Rocky trails and one long sustained hill climb each way.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Distance: 6.5 miles

Estimated Time: 4 hours

Google Map link to AT trailhead parking area: https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=41.64459,-73.51914&hl=en&sll=41.644677,-73.518695&sspn=0.001792,0.004128&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=19&z=19

The parking lot area fills up fast, so please try to arrange carpooling if possible. Early arrivals should try to park as far back in the grass as possible, as the gravel lot does not hold very many cars. Here's a Google Map view of the parking area: https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=41.644754,-73.519199&spn=0.000804,0.001206&t=h&z=20&layer=c&cbll=41.644754,-73.519199&panoid=N5FfbSnj8p2aHjdi1hv0iA&cbp=12,157.6,,0,11.13

Weather: Rain cancels.

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone. Plan to dress in layers, and avoid cotton.

Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.

Guests: No guests for this hike. All hikers must be members of WHMG.

Important Note: Be certain to check this webpage and your email prior to the hike for any last-minute changes or cancellations.

Important general notes about my hikes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TKFHHQIDkgNVWs-4XmPVJM3qXp7X9B6jIrUZSWgyECU/edit

Liability Waiver: Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.

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  • Gail

    I bought the same Micro Spikes at www.sunnysports.com which were on sale for $42.95 last week

    January 22, 2013

    • Joe B.

      Wow! That was a super deal! What do you think of Sunny Sports? Good sales? BTW just got my Trail Crampons tonight. Have you used your's yet?

      January 22, 2013

  • Joe B.

    If anyone needs microspikes you can check out this link http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4134503&cp=3677347.11360109.3688336 These got good reviews and they're on sale! Just ordered.

    January 20, 2013

  • Liz

    What happens at Burgerittoville stays at Burgerittoville!!! Jolly Ranchers for everyone ... lol
    Thanks to Peter for a great hike and to all for fun, friendly company!

    2 · January 14, 2013

  • Joe B.

    Anyone have photos of our "after hours activities"?

    January 13, 2013

  • Abhishek K.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/118207442759957102614/albums/5832753017551781489?authkey=CI6N7bTwwI_n6AE

    Please click on the link of viewing all pics, good ones and bad ones...ENJOY and HAVE.

    January 13, 2013

    • magaly

      I just checked out your photos while having my morning coffee. Great Pics!

      January 13, 2013

    • Joe B.

      Abhishek thanks for all your beautiful photos:-)

      January 13, 2013

  • Abhishek K.

    LIZ can't reply to your message because you have everyone blocked, only sponsors can sent you the message... :)

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much, Peter. We had a wonderful time during the hike. It was a beautiful trail, pictures come out so unbelievable... We met amazing people, great group. It was a lot of fun and it was a lovely ending. We look forward to join another hike soon.

    January 12, 2013

  • Abhishek K.

    What a day.. Great and tiring but above all fun and day well spend. Looking forward to more hikes :)

    January 12, 2013

  • Abhishek K.

    Beautiful

    January 12, 2013

  • Joe B.

    Peter, what a powerfull place to have lunch next to the roaring rapids below Bulls Bridge! Really recharges your enthusiasm! Richard, great after hike bar find! Who knew free shots after every playoff score! John I really think you need to donate all that money you kept finding along the trail towards a new pair of hiking boots for Abhishek! I think his sneakers bit the dust?

    January 12, 2013

  • colleen h.

    Sorry - was running late to begin with and then took one wrong hike, such a good challenging hike with amazing views. Sorry I missed it my hiking karma is off...

    January 12, 2013

  • Elizabeth I.

    Where are we meeting? Looking forward to it.

    January 11, 2013

  • Abhishek K.

    Hey, I will be driving from Bayside, queens NYC if anyone would like to carpool, let me know... Thanks

    January 8, 2013

    • Abhishek K.

      Yup offer still stand,.. how do you want to do this, do you wanna drive to my place or would you like me to pick up from somewhere...since everyone is meeting up around 10 and we are quite far so we have to leave as early as possible.

      January 10, 2013

    • magaly

      I can meet you at 8am at Fort Totten parking lot that way we can get on the whitestone bridge from there or I can drive to your place. I emailed you my number.

      January 11, 2013

  • Seamas

    i think i am getting sick and cancelled :(

    January 11, 2013

  • Mary

    Hi, Just trying to clarify where the starting point is for this hike... is it at route 55 and we hike North or is it at Bull's Bridge and we hike South? Also, it is a "there and back hike" so we don't need to spot any cars, right? Thanks.

    January 9, 2013

    • Peter

      Mary, follow the directions in the Google Map link. That link provides directions to the trailhead parking area. We will start from and end the hike there.

      January 10, 2013

  • Luz H.

    Or from somewhere across the TZ, like Tarrytown?

    January 10, 2013

  • Luz H.

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Rockland county?

    January 10, 2013

  • Seamas

    can i get in on a carpool from Westchester? i live in Valhalla and can chip in for gas ;)

    January 9, 2013

    • Seamas

      where would be a good place to meet in north salem?

      January 9, 2013

  • Joe B.

    Santa still has 3 seats available from the Rye area.

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving from Stamford if anyone would like to carpool

    January 7, 2013

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