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 (4+)

After work Hike Sessions Woods, Burlington CT

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I am running the after work hikes designed for beginners and first times hikers. These events are shorter and less technical than the weekend events.

We will hike Sessions Woods Preserve in Burlington as an after work hike. We will make this a 3.5 mile loop on the groomed trail that circles the park. We will check out the beaver pond, the waterfall and the fire tower.

This is a perfect beginner hike. Those of you with questionable footwear will enjoy the nice pathway.

The Sessions Woods preserve has a large sign on the road. When you pull in the road doubles back, at the top of the hill turn left into the parking area. There will be a bunch of state vehicles and a large building with flags. If the preserve is open, there will be a bathroom. There have been port-o-potties on the property this season. I will park somewhere in the middle and have my back gate up.

You need to bring pack that includes water, snacks, bug spray, head lamp of flash light, all in a pack. Please no children or dogs.

Late Cancellation and No-Shows: There are a limited number of spots on this hike. Please be respectful of others and do not sign up unless you firmly plan to attend. If you late cancel or no-show you may need permission from me prior to joining any of my future hikes. Late cancellation means cancelling within 24 hours of the hike.

Waitlist policy: If you get on the hike, you are on. If you are put on the waitlist, I reserve the right to let people off the waitlist as I see fit. For large hikes, I will typically let waitlisted hikers on in the order you signed up. For small hikes, I may jump people - typically those who I know will not require effort to manage. This is a good reason to get to know me by joining some of my hikes.

ttp://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326220&deepNav_GID=1655%20 (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326220&deepNav_GID=1655%20)

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/wildlife/pdf_files/maps/maps_other/swtrail.pdf

We are in the bear's home so will be loud and leave them alone.

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By clicking on "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:
HAH COVID update for this event

Any attendees who have tested positive, have symptoms or have been in direct contact with an infected person should not attend.
COVID AGREEMENT:
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where other people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and even death. By voluntarily participating in an event hosted by the Hartford Area Hiking you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID in the next 14 days, you agree to contact the hike leader who will provide contact tracing information.

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.

Hike Seven Sisters, Hadley Mass

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New Hampshire Training Hike

No first timers with me on this event. You must have HAH RSVPS to attend.

We will hike the Seven Sisters range to Mt. Holyoke and and back to the visitors center. The highest part of the range is 954 feet and the distance will be 12 miles. There are many rolling ups and downs. We don't count the Seven-there's more.

Your travel distance is about 1.5 hours from Hartford. If people want to carpool, post in the comment section. I am not organizing that part. We find when heading north, the Walmart at exit 44 of rt. 91 in East Windsor is a good meeting place. From that location you are 45 minutes from the visitors center. Leave there no later than 8:00 am.

This is an early start. It is a longer and more challenging hike. Please do not book another event that afternoon. We will probably find beer and food for after.

Please make sure you bring a pack that includes water, food, sun screen, bug spray, camera, whistle, sweat rag. No dogs. No children.
Last time I was there, the center was not open and there were no bathrooms. Please be flexible and pleasant.

Late Cancellation and No-Shows: There are a limited number of spots on this hike. Please be respectful of others and do not sign up unless you firmly plan to attend. If you late cancel or no-show you may need permission from me prior to joining any of my future hikes. Late cancellation means cancelling within 24 hours of the hike.

Waitlist policy: If you get on the hike, you are on. If you are put on the waitlist, I reserve the right to let people off the waitlist as I see fit. For large hikes, I will typically let waitlisted hikers on in the order you signed up. For small hikes, I may jump people - typically those who I know will not require effort to manage. This is a good reason to get to know me by joining some of my hikes.

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HAH COVID update for this event
Any attendees who have tested positive, have symptoms or have been in direct contact with an infected person should not attend.

COVID AGREEMENT:
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where other people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and even death. By voluntarily participating in an event hosted by the Hartford Area Hiking you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID in the next 14 days, you agree to contact the hike leader who will provide contact tracing information.
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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Hiking Kettletown State Park, Southbury CT

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We will meet up at Kettletown State Park for a 5 plus miles hike through the woods. The terrain is rocky and uneven with vertical gain over the duration of the hike. Please be prepared to climb up a bunch of rocks and enjoy a break by the river. Assess your ability to stay with the group and complete the hike. It will be a 2 to 2.5 mile per hour pace.

You need to have hiking boots. You need a pack with water, snacks, bug spray, sun screen, light clothing. Please no children or dogs.

Please drive through the gates. We will park down by the restroom.

Late Cancellation and No-Shows: There are a limited number of spots on this hike. Please be respectful of others and do not sign up unless you firmly plan to attend. If you late cancel or no-show you may need permission from me prior to joining any of my future hikes. Late cancellation means cancelling within 24 hours of the hike.

Waitlist policy: If you get on the hike, you are on. If you are put on the waitlist, I reserve the right to let people off the waitlist as I see fit. For large hikes, I will typically let waitlisted hikers on in the order you signed up. For small hikes, I may jump people - typically those who I know will not require effort to manage. This is a good reason to get to know me by joining some of my hikes.

We will find a local place for food after the hike.

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/kettletown.pdf

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By clicking on "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:
HAH COVID update for this event
Any attendees who have tested positive, have symptoms or have been in direct contact with an infected person should not attend.
COVID AGREEMENT:
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where other people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and even death. By voluntarily participating in an event hosted by the Hartford Area Hiking you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID in the next 14 days, you agree to contact the hike leader who will provide contact tracing information.

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.

Mt. Greylock, Adams MA

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New Hampshire Training hike for sure. Thunderbolt baby!

THIS IS A HIKE FOR EXPERIENCED FOLKS WHO ARE ABLE TO COMPLETE SIMILAR STYLE EVENTS.

NO BEGINNERS OR FIRST TIME HAH FOLKS.

We are hiking up the 3,491-ft. Mt. Greylock, the tallest peak in Massachusetts. The path we'll hike will be a looping hike of about 8 miles in length and with a roughly 2,248 ft. altitude gain. We will be starting in Greylock Glen on the east side of the mountain, following the Bellows Pipe Trail and connect to the Appalachian Trail (AT) to the peak. We will be going up Thunderbolt Trail, the old ski slope. Its a butt buster. We will lunch and take in the views at the peak. From the peak, we head south on the AT, then take Gould trail back to Greylock Glen. Greylock Glen will have bathroom facilities and there are bathroom facilities at the peak too.
Hopefully the visitors center will be open. Bring money for ice cream.

Hiking boots required. Hiking poles are advised. Please bring a pack and bring plenty of water and food containing protein and carbohydrates, sunscreen, bugspray. You must eat. The summit may be windy and cooler so bring something warm to wear for the lunch break.

We will hike at a moderate pace with small breaks when folks need them. The trail will be steep. No dogs. No children.

With COVID concerns I am not promoting carpooling. That is your call. Please check the GPS to know your travel time. There is a bathroom at the trailhead.

Late Cancellation and No-Shows: There are a limited number of spots on this hike. Please be respectful of others and do not sign up unless you firmly plan to attend. If you late cancel or no-show you may need permission from me prior to joining any of my future hikes. Late cancellation means cancelling within 24 hours of the hike.

Waitlist policy: If you get on the hike, you are on. If you are put on the waitlist, I reserve the right to let people off the waitlist as I see fit. For large hikes, I will typically let waitlisted hikers on in the order you signed up. For small hikes, I may jump people - typically those who I know will not require effort to manage. This is a good reason to get to know me by joining some of my hikes.

Directions: I want to start at the second parking area on Gould Road. If you drive up the hill, there is a parking area on the right. Go past that and around the corner. There will be another parking area on the right.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/greylock.pdf

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/greytrailmiles.pdf

We will stop for food after the event, but of course not required.

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HAH COVID update for this event
Any attendees who have tested positive, have symptoms or have been in direct contact with an infected person should not attend.

COVID AGREEMENT:
There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where other people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and even death. By voluntarily participating in an event hosted by the Hartford Area Hiking you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID in the next 14 days, you agree to contact the hike leader who will provide contact tracing information.

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.

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After work hike Rattlesnake Mt. Farmington, CT

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