What we're about

Meet other local hiking enthusiasts as a group of friends exploring, learning, and having fun on the trail and occasionally other ways. Besides hiking we sometimes do: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, camping, biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, etc.

We range all over CT, central to western MA, and sometimes southern NY. Occasionally we make trips further out typically to central and northern NY, VT, NH, and ME.

Upcoming events (5+)

REI class, Hiking in the White Mountains

REI runs great classes. This one may appeal to those of you interested in the Mt. Washington Hike planned for July. I will NOT be at this event. Please sign up through REI directly. Signing up here does NOT register you for the class. https://www.rei.com/events/64969/hiking-in-the-white-mountains/236312 Hiking in the White Mountains Thursday, April 25,[masked]:30 PM – 8:00 PM West Hartford REI Member price: Free Non-member price: Free 6 spots left Overview facebook twitter pinterest Group size: 25 Instructor: REI Specialist Join REI staff to learn about the basics of hiking in the White Mountains. Well talk about our favorite destinations in the White Mountains and what you should bring. This session will review planning your next hike and what to bring with you to help make your adventure a success along with local tips. West Hartford REI 1417 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 6110

Exploratory Hike at Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, East Lyme CT

Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve - main entrance parking (GPS 41.334124, -72.198107)

***Rescheduled from 4/13/19*** This is an exploratory hike of estimated moderate effort and estimated 5 - 7 mile looping path through Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve. Exact effort and distance are unknown as we are exploring this preserve. It looks like it will be a beautiful 450 acre terrain comprised of two parallel ridges with a somewhat wet area between (pond included). There will be some ups and some lovely scenic views as well as some geological features (small cave, 2 quarries, etc.). The terrain is reminiscent to me of Westwoods in Guilford, CT. I plan on our hiking for around 5 hours. The main part of the exploration is the outer loop of trails with our taking exploratory side trails to features. If we have time we could also explore the trails in the center between the ridges. Lunch will be on the trail at whatever good spot we find. Please plan on bringing: * Backpack (to carry your stuff below) * Water (2 qts.) * Dress in layers so you can adjust as needed * Trail snacks & lunch - for energy! * Hiking boots - waterproofed * Warm hat * Warm gloves Dogs and children are welcome but they must be able to do the distance and effort of the hike. Dogs also must be on a leash. Afterwards we could optionally stop for dinner at nearby and reasonably priced East Cost Taco at 51 West Main St., Niantic, CT: https://www.eastcoasttaco.com/ Location/directions for main entrance to Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, enter via Veterans Memorial Park by turning onto Memorial Park Drive off of Rte. 161 in East Lyme CT. There is ample parking adjacent to the ballfields. (roughly 98 Memorial Park Dr., East Lyme, CT - GPS coordinates below are most accurate): https://goo.gl/maps/no8z1Ge9JrE2 [Use GPS[masked], [masked] or 41°[masked]', -72°[masked]'] Trail Map: http://www.oswhills.org/uploads/1/1/9/2/11925417/2017-oswhills-trail-guide__yellow-blue.pdf Topography via Google Maps (rough indication, select Terrain view, if needed): https://goo.gl/maps/N8ZANhAccbm USGS Topographical map (more topo detail): https://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=41.34&lon=-72.1981&datum=nad83&zoom=4&map=auto&coord=d&mode=zoomout&size=m More information on Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve and Friends of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve: http://www.oswhills.org/ --- 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, hereby, 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 Hartford Area Hiking meetup group 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 Hartford Area Hiking permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

Hike Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent

Macedonia Brook State Park

Mt. Washington Training Hike We will hike the Macedonia Ridge Trail ascending to the peaks of 3 modest mountains; Cobble Mountain, South Cobble and Pine Hill, with many scenic views to enjoy. We will then extend the distance and complete the park loop. The plan makes this distance about 7.5 miles and should take between 3-4 hours. This is a challenging hike with several hundred feet of elevation gain and some parts of the trail are steep and lots of rocks. After you leave Kent and head past the Kent School, there is NO CELL service. There are park signs that will get you into the park. Just follow them. We are going to park in the first picnic area on the left. There is a bathroom. Hiking boots, water, trail snacks and bug spray required. Hiking poles are a big help. Park in the first parking area after park entrance near Macedonia ridge trail head (blue blaze ). There is no entrance or parking fee. It is a long drive so PLEASE give yourself plenty of time to get there so we can start at 10:00. Check out the distance before the morning of. Will probably hit Kent Pizza after for food. http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/macedonia.pdf --- 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, hereby, 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 Hartford Area Hiking meetup group 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 Hartford Area Hiking permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. I further attest that I, the registrant, am fully and completely responsible for any guests that I bring to the event, whether registered or not.

First Wednesday: TBD

TBD Soon

First Wednesday hike locations vary; every month I try to find a different place but will revisit favorites from time to time. If the weather turns completely crappy, I'll make a decision at 7am about cancelling; I'd hate for people to die driving to a hike. --- 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, hereby, 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 Hartford Area Hiking meetup group 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 Hartford Area Hiking permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

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