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Metacomet Trail - Hanging Hills - Summitwood Drive to Edgewood Road

For our first hike - lets go for the mighty Metacomet trail!

The Connecticut walk book describes this trail section as follows:

"This section of the Metacomet Trail travels 8.3 miles through the towns of Berlin, Meriden, and Southington, from Summitwood Drive to Edgewood Road. The terrain along this section includes steep, rugged climbs over loose rock, but spectacular views are the reward."

So get your game faces on! This is a first for me, and it looks fantastic.

General trail stats include:

  • Direction of travel: South to north
  • Length: 8.3 miles
  • Map: ME-2

How to get to the trailhead:

  • A shared Google Map can be found here - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=215355943587892169207.0004df3771c195fa91f6c - this contains the markers for the starting and ending trailheads as well as a suggested route between the two.
  • For just the Edgewood Road trailhead, you can manually enter these coordinates into Google Maps - 'Edgewood Road trailhead @[masked],[masked]'
  • For just the Summitwood Drive trailhead, you can manually enter these coordinates into Google Maps - 'Summitwood Drive trailhead @[masked],[masked]'
  • Please note we will be meeting at the Edgewood Road trailhead and arranging split transportation to Summitwood Drive trailhead to begin (10 minute drive). Hopefully this process won't be too cumbersome.

The following discussion threads have been added to facilitate communication for the hike:

 

I will send out a trailmap to anyone who has RSVP'ed  a couple days before the meetup. See you on the trail!

 

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  • Claire R.

    I really enjoyed the hike and the group--thanks for inspiring me to keep going (and for taking an extra rest with me for a few minutes when I needed it!) Looking forward to more.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Kenneth

    Exactly the type of hiking I'm looking for: regional trails with variety of terrain. On the long side. Maybe shoot for 6 miles.

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Mary Ann G.

      Yes please. 6 miles is an easy do. I didn't come because of the length of the hike.

      June 22, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Great hiking with you man. I'll dial it back for the next few hikes. Maybe sleeping giant...

      June 23, 2013

  • Patricia L.

    Great though from time to time a challenge to locate the blazes.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Patricia - you get the medal of honor. Thanks again so much for helping out the group yesterday :)

      June 23, 2013

  • Deb B

    The hike, and the group, were great. I agree that 6 miles is more manageable time-wise.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Don C.

    Great trail and a nice group of hikers!

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Don is the flash, haha. I challenge someone at the next meetup to outpace him.

      June 23, 2013

  • Joanne

    Beautiful views and well worth the trip. I'm glad I toughed it out. Thank you all for your support! I agree maybe we could trim the length a bit. At my pace, I'm good for about 4 hours. You guys compute the length. The early morning helps, before the heat of the day kicks my a$$ (like today). Icing the knee...pass the Advil...

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Sean K.

      You really pushed yourself yesterday. Great job!

      June 23, 2013

  • Sean K.

    Great! It was a perfect day for a hike - warm, sunny, nice breezes. This trail really pushed me hard, and it felt amazing to reach the east and west peaks. Absolutely beautiful vistas - will post pictures soon. I was glad to be able to share the experience with so many great people.

    June 23, 2013

  • Ron

    Am going to try to make it. Getting there by 9:00am will be tight due to another commitment. If I happen to get there after you've departed, no problem -- I may just hike the trail in the reverse-direction & meet you ~halfway...

    June 21, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Cool. Text me if you are gonna be like 10min late and we can wait up.

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to catch you next time. Sorry.

    June 19, 2013

    • Sean K.

      All good. Thanks for the heads up.

      June 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    I would love to be there, but ugHHH, I have to work. Hope to make the next one.

    June 17, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Sucks! Maybe next time. Don't work too hard.

      June 18, 2013

  • Joanne

    Don't let my photo fool you. I am much older than I appear, and this photo on the Tuckerman Trail was taken early in the day! It takes me a good 30 to 40 minutes to get into my "zone" and I am not at all a strong or fast hiker. I'd hate to think that someone is holding back on participating for fear of a slower pace holding back the group. I am perfectly willing to accept that fact that I'll be "pulling up the rear" on this hike! So, I expect the rest of the "slow pokes" on this hike to keep me company and help cheer each other on! Time to go outside and PLAY!

    2 · June 17, 2013

  • Kenneth

    A group pace is almost always slower than solo. But that's good for me, I'd rather slow down and take it in rather than death-march. My usual pace is around 22 mins per mile. But when the scenery is good and I'm taking photos I can easily be slowed to 40 min miles. I like to feel my heartbeat a bit when climbing, but if I can feel my pulse in my ears I tend to pull back the reins. I suspect that with 14+ hikers that several paced groups will naturally emerge. 8 miles with trap rock climbs is a bit rough. I wouldn't say this is not a beginners hike. Last summer I would have had a rough time with this, but then I was a 14 yr pack a day smoker who hadnt worked out in years. I would guess that if you do any kind of weekly activity like biking, running, etc. that you would be ok doing this. If on the other hand, you are a heavy smoker who spends most of your time kicked back relaxing, and you like the idea of a long walk in the woods Id suggest that you might consider a 3 mile hike with 1 climb on a blue trail b

    June 17, 2013

  • cathy

    I'm just going to say maybe at this point. I'll know more as the week progresses.

    June 16, 2013

  • Amy S.

    Will catch up with you for a future hike. Have a great time!

    June 15, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Committed to another Meetup group early in the afternoon. I'll have to make the next hike.

    June 16, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Cool man. See you next time

      June 17, 2013

  • Claire R.

    Hi, can you give me a sense of the pace you hope tomeet and about how long you think it will take (time-wise). Thanks.

    June 17, 2013

    • Sean K.

      My guess would be wrapping up around 2:00-2:30 (at a pace of like 2.5mph with stops and transport time mixed in). My personal pace is not racing speed - on average 2.5, but depends on the vertical changes.

      June 17, 2013

  • Mary Ann G.

    I would like to do this hike. I have no problem with 8 miles but am concerned about the pace. Will there be others in the group who are willing to travel at less than light speed?

    June 17, 2013

    • Sean K.

      My personal pace would definitely not be classified as light speed - I'm too mellow for that :). I think I average around 2.5 mph. I can promise my personal responsibility to no hiker left behind.

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry that I will not be able to do this hike. I will be looking forward to the next one.

    June 17, 2013

    • Sean K.

      All good. Thanks for the update

      June 17, 2013

  • Huntley J.

    Do we have an idea about when the hike will be done? I have plans in the afternoon but really want to make the hike since its essentially in my backyard!

    June 17, 2013

    • Sean K.

      My guess would be wrapping up around 2:00-2:30 (at a pace of like 2.5mph with stops and transport time mixed in).

      June 17, 2013

  • Josie H.

    Unfortunately, I just found out today that our Member-member golf tourney is next Friday and Saturday, so I will not be able to make this hike. I'm bummed, but I will make the next one! Looking forward to meeting all of you!

    June 15, 2013

  • Ayse

    I have my kids this weekend and they are too little to hike this much.

    June 15, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Maybe next time - have fun with the kiddos.

      June 15, 2013

  • Just ".

    Sounds Great!

    June 14, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Thanks for the RSVP. See you next Saturday!

      June 15, 2013

  • Josie H.

    Looks like a great hike... looking forward to it.

    June 15, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Awesome - see you next Saturday

      June 15, 2013

  • Kim

    Wouldn't miss it for the world!

    June 14, 2013

  • Celeste M.

    I have a family party at my home that day.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stupid Geddy Lee making me travel to PA that weekend...Next time for sure.

    1 · June 13, 2013

    • Sean K.

      No Excuses! Ha - just kidding - have fun bro!

      1 · June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not available this time but ill definitely join for other days.

    June 14, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Great. We will take a rain check

      June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss the first hike, I am running the fairfield half the next morning.

    June 14, 2013

  • Donna W

    Swould live to join this hike but already have plans for the 22nd. Looking forward to the next one. Summer is filling up!

    June 14, 2013

    • Sean K.

      All good. maybe next time!

      June 14, 2013

  • Joanne

    I haven't done a "big" hike in a long time. I would love to do this! Will I be back in New Haven in time for the Kronos Quartet on the green @ 6 PM?

    June 13, 2013

    • Sean K.

      Totally, plenty of time.

      June 13, 2013

    • Joanne

      Thank you! Yes- Art and Ideas begins Sat. June 15- Aaron Neville in concert on the green. Lots of groups planning activities.... I can handle 3 hours of hiking. This is just what I need. A to B would be even better than a loop. Now, if it would stop raining....

      June 13, 2013

  • Kenneth

    You can put down as a very strong maybe. I am near Fairfield Metro Station, where there is free parking on weekends. I can drive, and pick up 2 or 3. I could be talked into an out-n-back to Castle Craig if there is not another car to to return with.

    June 13, 2013

    • Sean K.

      You rock. Hopefully we can arrange an a to b

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not free for this one, but you're on my radar. Have fun, see you soon, and thanks for organizing, Sean!

    June 13, 2013

    • Sean K.

      An well. Next time! I'll take a bunch of pics.

      June 13, 2013

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