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+)

Return to Sleeping Giant State Park , Hamden CT

Sleeping Giant State Park

Looking forward to returning to one of CT's most beloved hiking areas. We will hike a loop in Sleeping Giant State Park, known for its many views and trail options. Total distance a little over 6 miles. Though not a long hike, it is not intended for beginners, due to the elevation changes and because we will be keeping a decent pace. For members who frequent CHA hikes, this will be a relatively easy day. We will meet at the parking lot for Sleeping Giant State Park off Carmel Road (see map). The plan is to travel east on the Blue Trail (Quinnipiac Trail) up to the observation tower for views. Continue on the Blue Trail and return on the White Trail, with a short side loop to add some distance & interest. This route will give us the best of the views and allow for a stop at the tower. Click here for DEEP Web Page for Sleeping Giant SP (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325264&deepNav_GID=1650%20) Click here for a hiking map for Sleeping Giant (http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/sleepgiant.pdf) As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance events, please do not use the "no rsvp" unless you previously rsvp'd yes and need to change your plans. We make this request because all rsvp responses become emails to the leaders. If you have not signed up as a yes, then we already know you are a "no" so please conserve on the emails. Other Meetup groups may have a different rsvp preference. Pets: Well-behaved pets with no past problems on hikes are welcome, provided their owners are equally well-behaved. Distance: about 6.5 miles Après-hike: Of course! Lunch at Aunt Chilada's, 3931 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518. Just up the street. Click here for map (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Aunt+Chilada). Click here for Restaurant website (http://www.auntchilada.com/) . Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must. Make sure you have layers that you can remove or add as the need arises. Remember insect repellent: ticks are very active this time of year. Food and Drink: Bring snacks including high-energy foods with proteins and sugars, and at least TWO quarts of water. Also be sure to have some electrolytes (sports drinks or electrolyte tabs). Please eat and drink plenty of fluids before you hike and make sure you have enough food and water. If you are malnourished or dehydrated you will have trouble, which will ruin the hike for you and others. Cotton is NOT appropriate to wear hiking because it holds moisture. Denim is off limits as it becomes heavy if wet and becomes even more difficult. This 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. Legal: By clicking on "Yes" for this event and/or Attending 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 Connecticut Hiking Alliance 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 am participating in this event with the understanding that many photos will be taken and it is likely that I will appear in one or more photos. Even though Carol Ann will be backpacking in New Hampshire and my photographic skills come nowhere near hers, the Connecticut Hiking Alliance STILL takes a LOT of photos! And we post many many! Be forewarned. If you are in the witness protection program, this group is not for you. NOTE: Please make any general comments regarding this hike in the comments section below. Any other topics should be directed to the Discussions tab in the main menu. To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up) rather than posting comments. Postings become announcements to everyone which can be annoying. The postings to the site should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have email functions for conversations between members.

Monroe State Forest: Hike, picnic, ICE CREAM, Pot Holes and Bridge of Flowers

The 10.4 mile hike is geared toward stronger hikers. Bring water shoes IN YOUR PACK. We will get into the water near the end of the hike - while on the hike. Bring a lot of snacks... expect 1600' elevation change. We will be able to frolic in the water DURING different portions of our hike. Picnic will be AFTER hike and can stay in cooler in your car. We will have two chances to get IN the water during the hike and again after. If you enjoy getting in streams, rivers and waterfalls - you'll have a good day. We will also visit the Bridge of Flowers and the Potholes and have ice cream. Our hike will be in a lesser hiked area of the Berkshires, paralleliing cascading brooks, scaling picturesque ridges above the Deerfield River, up Spruce Mountain, and Hunt Hill - including Raycroft Lookout - a stone structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps with stunning views. Expect a section of massive rocks AND a waterfall! CARPOOL: Departs on time - so arrive BEFORE 8:04 AM. We will meet at the park and ride off I-91 (the Windsor Police Station is across the street - as is a MacDonalds). Use the address of the Police: 340 Bloomfield Ave, Windsor, CT Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must as we hike on trails not walking paths. Proper hiking clothing is also important; please dress appropriately and be prepared for changing weather conditions such as rain or cooler temperatures at elevation. Cotton is NOT appropriate wear. Food and Drink: Snacks - especially proteins and sugars and AT LEAST 3 liters of water if the day is above 80 degrees and/or sunny.. you will sweat on this hike. Also... If you aren't properly nourished you WILL have trouble and negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of the group. Bring your super soakers! Legal Stuff: 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, 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 above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up) rather than posting comments. Postings become announcements to everyone which can be annoying. Apres: Yes - pack a picnic for yourself and a camp chair. We will picnic AFTER the hike and then go to town for ice cream. We may have a chance to swim again at the Apres. link: (this map doesn't show Cascades and Falls - but I have a book that does!): https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/12/rw/monroe.pdf

Paddle The Allagash Waterway "One of America's Best Adventures" Nat Geographic

" Allagash is to paddlers what the John Muir Trail is to hikers: a must-do journey. In both places, the scenery is world-class" Backpacker We will paddle 53 miles over 4 days 3 nights remote camping with tables, fire rings,. We'll have plenty of good food/drinks. Expect to see many moose up close, eagles, otter and maybe a wolf. I will email detailed info: map/equip/food/ boat rental etc. RSVP for Wait List: Moved to Going only if you've participated recently in numerous CHA events and have remote camping experience with CHA 6/30 Lodging: Northern Door Inn, Fort Kent Maine[masked] 7/1 Meet 8:15 AM lobby- drive to shuttle - have check or $ for: boat rental $25/day, Shuttle $45 with 8 , Parking $3/day, boat fee $2, camping $13/night, Road fee $15 - paddle 6 miles to camp Long Lake Dam 7/2 to Round Pond 12 miles 7/3 to Michaud Farm 15 miles, if feeling good 3 miles to Allagash Falls. 7/4 Portage 14 miles to take out - drive to Northern Door Inn (no reservation) IF we are delayed or pushed too hard we will CAMP ANOTHER NIGHT (Thursday) and Friday ½ day extra paddle then drive/stay in Millinocket. 7/5 stay/hike in Millinocket 7/6 drive home Your RSVP means you acknowledge and agree: Connecticut Hiking Alliance (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization activities may include, but are not limited to canoeing, kayaking and transportation or travel to and from activities (referred to as 'activities'). The leaders of these activities are volunteers. They are not paid professional guides or leaders and not trained for medical emergencies. In all activities, all participants share in the responsibility for their own safety and the safety of the group. Participants take responsibility for having appropriate skills, physical conditioning, equipment and supplies for these activities. These activities include inherent and other risks, hazards 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 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, and/or resulting from participant’s negligence or other misconduct. I agree to release and not to sue CHA and its’ volunteers in regard to any and all claims, liabilities, suits, or expenses (including reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees) (hereafter collectively ‘claim’ or 'claim/s'), including claim/s resulting from CHA’s negligence (but not its gross negligence or intentional or reckless misconduct), for any injury, damage, death or other loss to me in any way connected with my participation in these activities, I understand I agree here to waive all claim/s I may have against CHA and agree that neither I, or any one acting on my behalf will make a claim against the CHA or it’s volunteers. This Document is intended to be interpreted and enforced to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any portion of this Document deemed unlawful or unenforceable shall not affect the remaining provisions, and those remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect. You grant the CHA permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose

FIREWORKS! 26 Acts of Kindness #xx - Volunteer, support, then Watch Fireworks

Manchester Community College Bandshell

In addition to a great fireworks display... come support one of the Connecticut Hiking Alliance's 26+ Acts of Kindness... Come join the Patrick family at the hot dog and cotton candy tent where you will provide assistance with the cooking and/or bun stuffing of hot dogs or the twirling of cotton candy (this is the fun one; you will find sugar everywhere when you go home that evening). Enjoy live music in the bandstand all afternoon and evening. Our work is complete prior to the fireworks display so bring a blanket or chair and your beverage of choice because the fireworks display will be amazing. Please do not use the "no" RSVP function unless you need to cancel from a "yes". This is a standard preference for all Connecticut Hiking Alliance outings. Other groups may have a different preference. The Manchester Fireworks are provided by donations and volunteerism through the James “Dutch” Fogarty foundation, which will celebrate it's 30th year of providing one of the states best fireworks displays. One means of raising funds is through food and drink booths providing patrons a late afternoon or evening bite to eat while they enjoy musical entertainment at the band shell before the fireworks. Bring bug spray. Time: We serve from 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM - so arrive at a time that works best for you. Come early and set up your chair and blanket to get a good spot for the show. You don't have to work the whole four hours... come enjoy the music and have a little down time. Where: The Hotdog and Cotton Candy Tent; on the Band shell lawn at the Manchester Community College. 161 Hillstown Rd Manchester, CT What to bring: Lawn chair or blanket; beverage of choice (water and soft drinks are provided for the volunteers) Thanks for your support. Legal Stuff: By clicking on the "Yes" rsvp for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry and attending this event, I, 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 above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. The Connecticut Hiking Alliance takes lots of photos. If you are int the witness protection program or camera shy, this group is not for you. To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up). The postings to the site should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have email functions for conversations between members.

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