What we're about

Our meetup group schedules hikes regularly for both the advanced hiker looking for long and strenuous workouts as well as the less serious hiker looking for shorter and more moderate walks. We hike all the trails and preserves in the Litchfield County area and often venture into New York and Massachusetts. Our focus is on exercise, making friends, and appreciating nature. We usually follow each hike with a social gathering at a local eatery.

This group is unique in that there is strong emphasis on learning about the diverse flora and fauna of Connecticut's wooded habitats and its ecology. I recently completed the DEEP/Goodwin Forest Master Naturalist program and love sharing the things I find exciting about the areas we explore. I am also really interested in CT history. When I'm not leading hikes for Litchfield County Explorers, I guide hikes professionally for the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT and internationally for Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. I am certified as an AMC hike leader and in wilderness first aid from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Please join us!

Rami Haxhi

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Mount Race, Everett, and Jug End on the AT in MA

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This will be a strenuous shuttle hike of around 12 miles. We'll meet at the AT parking next to the Shay's Rebellion Monument on South Egremont Road and shuttle down to the Racebrook Trail lot on Route 41 to begin the hike heading north. We'll be including the Guilder Pond Loop. You'll see Racebrook Falls.

There's a section at the end of this hike that tends to be underwater. Consider bringing water shoes.

Burnt Rock to Camel's Hump Vermont Four Peak Traverse

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Not-to-be-missed Vermont two-days of hiking!

We'll do a 13-mile traverse of Burnt Rock Mountain (3168'), Mount Ira Allen (3506'), Ethan Allen (3688'), and Camel's Hump (4083'). The hike will be difficult with about 4800' of elevation gain and requires a shuttle.

The next day we'll do Mount Mansfield (4395'). That hike will be 7.3 miles with 2880' elevation gain. I'll post it as a separate event.

For a description and maps go here:

http://walkingman247.blogspot.com/2017/06/burnt-rock-to-camels-humpvermont.html

https://vtstateparks.com/assets/pdf/camels_hump_trails.pdf

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/mount-mansfield-loop-trail

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Hike Mount Mansfield Vermont

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Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont with a summit that peaks at 4,395'. We'll do a 7.3 mile loop with 2880' of elevation gain to top this Green Mountain beauty. Experienced hikers welcome.

Hike details:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/mount-mansfield-loop-trail

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Triple-A ADK Adventure - Algonquin, Allen, Arab

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Three hikes in three days. Do as many as you'd like.

Day 1, 6 a.m.: Algonquin (5114') 2nd tallest in ADK. 8.6 miles 9 hrs.

Day 2, 6 a.m.: Allen (4347') 18 mile out and back 9 hrs.

Day 3, 7 a.m.: Arab (2533') 1.9 miles, 1 hr. Fire Tower Drive home

Please come with experience and ready to hike. For more details see this link:

https://www.girlwiththepassport.com/best-hikes-in-the-adirondacks/

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Albania Adventure: Hiking the Accursed Mountains

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