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Fall Foliage Hike: The High Rocky Ledges of Mansfield (CT)

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Event Rating: Level 4 (Strenuous)

Requirement: Members must have completed one or more Level 4 hikes or answer the question that is part of the RSVP with a reply that indicates the hike is a good fit for you. If neither of these requirements is met, the member will be removed from the attending list and moved to the wait list.

Distance: 11 Miles
Time Duration: 4 Hours
Blaze Orange: NOT REQUIRED

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot at Lions Memorial Park on Park Road in Mansfield, CT. It is just north of Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, on the left side of Route 89. From the RI/CT border, take Route 6 west for 19 miles, turn right onto Route 198 North. Go 0.6 miles and turn left onto Bedlam Road. Go 1.5 miles and continue onto Atwoodville Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left onto CT-89 South/​Warrenville Rd. Go 0.6 miles and turn right onto Baker Road. Go 400 feet and take a slight right onto Park Road. Go 0.6 mile to the last parking lot and look left. We will park there near the trailhead.

I encourage people to carpool, but since this hike is local for me I won’t be carpooling. Maybe you want to arrange meet at the Ocean State Job Lot on Route 6 in Johnston at, say 9:15?

We will hike a loop of about 11 miles through the town of Mansfield, that features three high rocky ledges with views ranging to 20 miles.

Starting from the Lions memorial park, our path will traverse a series of preserved open spaces owned by the town of Mansfield, Joshua’s Trust, and the State of CT. Along the way we will have views from three named rocky ledges: Coney Rock, Fifty Foot Rock, and Wolf Rock. We will follow sections of the Nipmuck Trail, as well as other trails along the way. The footpath along many sections of this hike is in good condition, with some sections that feel almost like carpet underfoot.

We will have to walk two short sections of Route 195, where we will have to be alert for the fast-moving traffic. As usually happens on hikes with vistas, there will be hills. There are two good, steep 200-foot hills and several smaller ones. The climb up to wolf rock along a gas line clearing is one of the steeper hills I’ve seen around here – it will get your ticker up to redline! There are plenty of streams (with bridge crossings – no water hazards on this trip!), forests, meadows, etc.

As always, a pair of hiking boots is strongly suggested. As always bring sufficient water and snacks along for a 4 hour hike. With the warmer weather, ticks are on the move so bring some tick repellent. Sun screen is also recommended.

Afterward, some of us will likely have a re-hydration/nourishment break at a nearby establishment in Willimantic.

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; 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.Safety First!


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