What we're about

About Us... The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is the right group for active hikers who enjoy each other's company both on and off the trail. We believe that hiking, backpacking, snow shoeing, river sports, or any other type of out door adventure is made better when combined with social events where we can get together for a drink or a meal and relive the day's exploits.

While we were founded in Connecticut, our activities range throughout New England, the U.S. and also internationally.

Our first trade mark is the "Apres-hike" or "Apres-outing" that compliments every event we host! This means that after every hike and outing... we go out for a meal and a beverage. We really build friendships in this group and hope you will partake. We quickly and warmly welcome new members.

Our second trade mark is the Acts of Kindness we embrace. These acts involve helping charitable organizations, groups and/or people in need. Most often they are non-profit groups and we provide support in various ways - muscle power/manual labor, cash donations, in-kind donations, and goods donations. If you have a sweet spot for a specific group, organization or charity seeking support - let us know and we'll create an Act of Kindness for them.

Our third trade mark is the photo memories we create. Take a look at the albums on our photo page. If you participate in our outings you will be photographed a lot. If you are part of the witness protection program, or otherwise camera shy, this group is not for you.

We are a hiking community that seeks to be inclusive, diverse and fun. Most of our hikes are for moderate to experienced hikers. Once in a while we do host hikes that are appropriate for beginners. Please read the full description for any specific event to determine if your skill level is a match.

Please know that our events don't cancel for weather. We've only cancelled once for weather... the day the Governor of CT closed roads. We don't want anyone breaking laws! So if it rains or snows we'll still go! Count on it. Some of our most interesting and memorable events have involved rain or snow.

Feel free to join us for an adventure or suggest one of your own.

This is a courteous group. Please be considerate of others regarding RSVPs. If you sign up for an event (Yes or Waiting List) and your plans change - please change your RSVP to "no" as soon as you know you won't be joining. Those who aren't considerate with their RSVPs will find we have a 3 Strikes concept. This means that with 3 no-shows, one's membership with our group ends and you will be removed from The CT Hiking Alliance membership. Please use the little effort it takes to keep your RSVPs current.

Enough said... Let's get out and play!

Upcoming events (5+)

Catskill 3500 Winter Venture; Hunter / SW Hunter

Hunter Mountain Trailhead

Catskill 3500 Winter Venture January 26,[masked]:15am trail head departure Hunter / SW Hunter (Leavitt Mtn) Hunter – 4040’ (Catskill 3500 #2) SW Hunter – 3740’ (Catskill 3500 #15) ~ 10 miles round trip from Hunter Mtn Trail Parking on Spruceton Rd. (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map 755) The route is an out and back hike to two of the Catskill 3500 peaks. For anyone working on lists for patches Hunter mtn is on three different lists; Catskill 3500, NE 115 and ADK fire tower challenge. CARPOOLs/CARAVANs - yes – am 7:37-DEPARTURE from Park and Ride Litchfield Rd, Harwinton, CT (exit 42 on I-8 on Litchfield Rd.). Drivers are needed as well as riders so come prepared to take a turn driving. This is a WINTER hike and proper gear is necessary, please be prepared for winter conditions (if you have any questions about winter gear, please reach out to event host). Cotton is NOT appropriate wear during activities that cause you to sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking apparel accordingly. Cotton becomes heavy and if wet becomes even more difficult. Cotton will hinder your ability to keep pace with the group and negatively impact the enjoyment of those who came with proper dress/supplies for hiking. Après-hike: Yes - TBD Please check out link below for additional research for the hike, 3500 club and après. http://catskill-3500-club.org/peaks.php http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/list-3500.html Remember to practice Leave no Trace Solvitur Ambulando Legal: By attending this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate in any portion of this event. In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, 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 Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the this event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. And we take many many photos - take a look at the previous events. If you do not wish to be photographed, are in a witness protection program or otherwise camera shy, this is not the group for you. NOTE: Please make general comments regarding how to improve or alter the overall processes of all the outings in the DISCUSSIONS tab. Questions and comments to this event should be posted below. To communicate with a specific individual member - please message them directly (through meet up). Please do not post. The postings to the site go to every member via email and should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have message functions for questions to specific members and for conversations between members.

Devils Hopyard State Park/Chapman Falls

Devil's Hopyard State Park - Main Parking (Use GPS 41.484263, -72.342061)

Chapman Waterfall/ Devils Hopyard State Park 10:30 at parking lot above the falls.. The hike approx. 7 ½ miles, passing Chapman Falls rated a 4.5 of 5 from New England Waterfalls has a 60 foot drop and unique potholes at the base that were a mystery to the early settler (see below) http://www.ctwaterfalls.com/falls/main.php?Chapman1 We will pass a rock formation called the Devil’s Oven, hike along the “8 Mile River” and over some trails on the West side of the park are rarely used and maybe a little overgrown. Map: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/devilshopyard.pdf The principle feature of the park, Chapman Falls drops more than sixty feet over a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. The falls also once powered "Beebe's Mills" which were named after the original owner. The mills operated until the mid 1890's.A search for the origin of the name "Devil's Hopyard" reveals a wide variety of different stories; none of them are verifiable and all are likely to be more fiction than fact. One of the most popular of these stories is about a man named Dibble, who had a garden for growing hops used in the brewing of beer. It seems that through usage, Dibble's Hopyard became Devil's Hopyard. There are records of several farmers having hopyards in the area, but there is no mention of a landowner named Dibble. However, Dibble might have been a tenant.Potholes near the falls, which are some of the finest examples of pothole stone formations in this section of the country. Perfectly cylindrical, they range from inches to several feet in diameter and depth. These potholes were formed by stones moved downstream by the current and trapped in an eddy where the stone was spun around and around, wearing a depression in the rock. When the rock wore itself down, another would catch in the same hole and enlarge it. We know this now, but to the early settlers the potholes were a great mystery that they tried to explain with references to the supernatural. They thought that the Devil has passed by the falls, accidentally getting his tail wet. This made him so mad he burned holes in the stones with his hooves as he bounded away. Can't go CHANGE YOUR RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Required gear: http://www.hikesafe.com/index.php?page=full-gear-list Map, phone, snack, H2O,poles, coat for ovenight temps. IF Snow: snowshoes/microspikes Write name # of your emergency contact person put in pack lid. You are capable of hiking 2.5+ mph with infrequent stops. Stay with the group and let leader know if you are having difficulty. Connecticut Hiking Alliance is not for profit group and its leaders are volunteers. By clicking on "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance and its’ leaders for and related to the above listed event. You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety and the safety of the group and have skills, equipment and supplies for these activities which include risks and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. Participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, participant (and parent/s of minors) assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release and not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. Comments to all participants post below... to communicate with a member open their profile send message.

Backpack Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Hotel Milodón , Puerto Natales, Manuel Bulnes # 356 Chile

Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile "With apologies to Grand Canyon’s Grandview Point, Rainier’s Disappointment Cleaver, and Mt. Whitney’s summit, the Torres del Paine circuit will give your eyeballs a whole new gauge for "the best view you’ve ever seen." Here, blue glaciers saw into the earth, exotic animals–like the llama-esque guanacos–dot the hillsides, and the mountains themselves take on wild, seemingly impossible shapes. 1,500 miles south of Santiago, encircles the Torres del Paine–8,000- to 10,000-foot granite monoliths that twist and curl like frozen waves of rock above glacial lakes studded with icebergs. Go ahead, linger at each pretty spot: The sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m. in summer". Backpacker Magazine The “Big W” is a 5 day backpack of 52 miles through the park located in the heart of Chilean Southern Patagonia in Torres Del Paine National Park. It is one of the most impressive natural geographical spectacles on Earth. You will stand and stare in amazement at the unbelievable sight of this monumental cluster of mountain peaks that appear to stand on their own in the middle of an otherwise flat plateau. For outdoor lovers Torres del Paine is a must see before you die.. Among the best treks in the world…… Meet: 12:22 PM Feb 2,2019 Hotel Milodón , Puerto Natales, Manuel Bulnes # 356 Chile RSVP to be placed on wait list but this backpack is full. RSVP “Yes” you agree to: Bring/Wear/Review all gear/info: http://www.hikesafe.com/ copy of map, cell phone, snack and water. Be capable of hiking 2+ mph with infrequent stops. Don’t’ start if you can’t finish, due to a known medical issue. Stay with the group. Let leader know if you are having difficulties. We will alter plans if conditions dictate are not trained medical professionals and carry minimal 1st aid supplies. Legal Stuff: The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is not for profit group and its leaders are volunteers. By clicking on "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance and its’ leaders for and related to the above listed event. You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety and the safety of the group and have skills, equipment and supplies for these activities which include risks and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. Participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, participant (and parent/s of minors) assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release and not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

White Mts Weekend Day 1 - Mt. Crawford & Mt. Resolution (52 with a View Peaks)

Our weekend in the Whites will be filled with adventure as we climb peaks that boast lists of 100 highest and 52 With A View! Saturday: Leaving Davis Path Trailhead in Crawford Notch at 9:00am. We plan to hike out and back to summit Mt Crawford and then will be on to Mt. Resolution. Sunday: Leaving Sandwich Mountain Trailhead at 10am. We plan to hike out and back to bag Jennings Peak (52 with a View list) and then Sandwich Dome (100 highest). Accomodations: I have reserved a room at the PRofile Deluxe motel which is closer to Saturday's hike with the Sandwich Trailhead on the way home for most folks leaving after the hike. Those staying at the motel will meet Sat am ready to leave the parking lot at 8:14 to be on the trail by 9:00am. Sunday am we will leave by 8:51 to be on trail by 10am Rooms are available and it is suggested you call to reserve one soon if you plan to stay there. All participants must have microspikes and snow shoes and must be prepared for unpredictable temperatures. Camel back water bladders and tubes will freeze so plan on a hydration system that will not freeze. Bring/Wear/Review all gear/info: http://www.hikesafe.com/, cell phone, snack and water You must be capable of hiking 2+ mph with infrequent stops. Don’t’ start if you can’t finish, due to a known medical issue. Stay with the group. Let leader know if you are having difficulties. At an intersection wait for person behind you so they know which way to go. We will alter plans if conditions dictate are not trained medical professionals and carry minimal 1st aid supplies. Legal Stuff: The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is not for profit group and its leaders are volunteers. By clicking on "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance and its’ leaders for and related to the above listed event. You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety and the safety of the group and have skills, equipment and supplies for these activities which include risks and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. Participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, participant (and parent/s of minors) assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release and not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. NOTE: Comments specific to this event and pertinent to all participants should be posted below in the comments section below. To communicate with a specific member open their profile and email them directly through meet up "Message" option.

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