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Welcome to the Rhode Island Hiking Club
The Rhode Island Hiking Club " Walks & Rambles "offer's a variety of hikes from the beginner to the more experienced .We tend to engage in rather challenging hikes often through rough terrain. The purpose of this meetup is to get physically capable people together who want to get out and enjoy the beauty of some of RI's nicest places on foot. This Meetup is for people who enjoy a hike that leaves them satisfied in both the physical level of exertion, the enjoyment of the outdoors, and all the refreshment a hike has to offer the body and mind. This Meetup provides an opportunity to enjoy nature in the company of other adults without the distraction of cellphones,( kids), and or (dogs). If you are someone that likes to push yourself physically beyond a pleasant stroll and are at a decent level of physical fitness, then this could be a fun and rewarding Meetup for you.
***To JOIN you must include a clear identifiable picture of yourself. ***
It is important for the Organizers and members to be able to recognize you for safety so include your first name.
On 11/11/2011, I became the groups fourth Organizer . I hope to continue and expand the group as we move into the new year .By keeping with the groups original format . We are a hiking group based on the book ( Weekend Walks in Rhode Island by Ken Weber ). Thanks to Michael the clubs founder for starting this group. My goal is offer more people like yourselves the opportunity to experience what this little state has to offer and our surrounding neighbors Connecticut and Massachusetts and with occasional hikes to New Hampshire . Most people have no idea what is right in there back yard . My intent is to show them . We offer good exercise , good company and short travel all at no charge .What else could you ask for .
During the winter months we will continue hiking through the season along will more activities such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing , possibly ..
When the Summer months approach we will continue to hike either evenings or early mornings .We also will need more organizer’s to do this and I cant stress this enough . With your help we can make a good club a great one .
See you soon ,
The following write up is from when Walks & Rambles first started in September of 2009.
We will plan hikes on a weekly basis for Saturday mornings, many Sundays as well, with some after work "walks" as well during the longer daylight days of summer. Weather in RI is always a factor so there's a good chance we won't meet every Saturday. Heavy rain will cancel a hike as will as a particularly hot and humid day in the summer, but most other conditions are suitable for a decent time.
The laundry and cleaning can wait till you get home. Put yourself first, make some friends, have some fun and improve your outlook.
Note: I left the original name Walks and Rambles in the write up as a tribute to Ken Weber, and Michael, who had the foresight to start this Club back in Sept. 2009.
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Hike in Pachaug State Forest - Hodge Pond LoopPachaug SF - Hodge Pond Rd, Griswold, CT
Before signing up for this event, please read and understand this entire Write-Up and Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the waiver & acknowledge that this event as described is a good fit for your abilities.
Event Rating: Level 2+ (longer than a typical Level 2)
(Previous Level 2 experience required, or you must contact me)
Distance: ~7.0 Miles
Time Duration: ~3.5 Hours
Blaze Orange: Required
COVID-19 Instructions: Do not attend a hike if you or a person you have been in close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
This hike is in the Hodge Pond area of Pachaug State Forest in Griswold & Voluntown, CT. The hike will be mostly on forest paths and forest roads most of which are unblazed. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills. There may be a couple of minor water crossings as a result of our wet weather.
As always bring sufficient water and snacks along for the hike. A pair of hiking boots is the suggested footwear and wear an item of blaze orange clothing. Bring bug spray with our current elevated threat of mosquito-borne diseases.
The map link near the top of this page will bring you to an unmarked parking lot on Hodge Pond Road. From RI take RT 165 West or Rt 138 West into Connecticut where they merge. Continue until they merge with Rt 49 South and continue straight for 0.4 mile and turn left onto Rt 49 South/Rt 165 West. In 450 feet turn left on Rt 49 South. Continue for 2.0 miles and Hodge Pond Road will be on your right. Take Hodge Pond Road for about 0.75 mile and parking will be on your left down a short dirt driveway. This is easy to miss, it is a little past where the road crosses a brook.
Liability Waiver: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity, you acknowledge and agree to the following: This activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. The RIHC will not be held responsible for any COVID-19 issues including but not limited to the transmission of the disease, the cost of medical treatment, and/or death.
- Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, Cumberland, Moderately Easy215 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland, RI
Hike difficulty; 1-2
Duration; 2 hrs.
Length; 3-4 miles
The Cumberland Land Trust has added the Burlingame Preserve to the Cedar Swamp Trail creating over 3 miles of trails over varied terrain with new bog bridges, boardwalks, close-up views of 8' high beaver huts and explanatory signage. The Red Trail loops through higher ground and hardwood forest passing by an old cellar hole from centuries ago. The White Trail passes through cedar swamps and eventually reaches Pound Road.
Sturdy shoes are recommended as well as water and maybe a snack. We will walk a moderate pace allowing for occasional stops. You may want to use bug spray. There may be some wet areas.
Blaze Orange not required
Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you, and any guests that accompany you, agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver.
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.
We want to provide a safe and enjoyable hiking experience. Please respect the health and safety at all times of yourself and your fellow hikers. Do not sign up or attend this hike if you have been experiencing any COID-19 symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc), have tested positive for COVID-19. Do not sign up for or attend this hike if you have been in close contact with anyone who has been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive to COVID-19. You will not be permitted to hike unless you have a mask that you must have very handy to put on when social distancing is a problem or when passing closely to other hikers, etc.. AT ALL TIMES you will remain AT LEAST 6 feet away from anyone else. Bring hand sanitizer. You should avoid car pooling with non-household members. Do not share water, food, gear, etc. Failure to comply with these necessary COVID-19 precautions could result in you being asked to leave the hike and not allowed on future ones. You agree you are assuming all risks and hold the RIHC harmless.*****
If you experience COVID-19 symptoms and/or test positive within 14 days of this hike please notify the Event Host immediately.