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Metacomet Trail - After Work Hike

  • Jun 19, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Alliance Occupational Health

This is a more challenging UP UP right from the start (not for beginners) 5 mile portion of the Metacomet trail.  We will do an out and back, given our limited time after work. This is not a beginner hike and we will maintain a good pace.

Depending on our time we will cover trap rock ledges and Pinnacle Rock.

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Distance: 4.5-5 miles

Terrain: There are some steep ascents, be prepared to keep up with the group.

Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance. This is not a hike for slow hikers.

Meeting location: Parking lot of the business located at 440 New Britain Ave, in Plainville CT.

Food and Drink: A snack and a quart of water.

Trail Map: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_232.htm

Apres-hike: As always, we will follow the hike with a social outing at a local establishment. J. Timothy's Taverne is right up the road from our trail head and those who wish for a bite after the outing will be heading to J. Timothy's. They are known for their dirty wings.

J. Timothy's Taverne:

143 New Britain Ave  Plainville, CT 06062
(860)[masked]


Background:The Metacomet Trail traverses the traprock Metacomet Ridge which extends from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts/ Vermont border. This ridge, rising hundreds of feet above the Connecticut River, Farmington River, and Quinnipiac River valleys, is a prominent landscape feature of central Connecticut. From south to north, the trail uses the ridges of the Hanging Hills, Short Mountain, Ragged Mountain, Bradley Mountain, Pinnacle Rock, Rattlesnake Mountain, Farmington Mountain, Talcott Mountain, Hatchet Hill, Peak Mountain, and West Suffield Mountain. Abrupt vertical cliffs with visible talus slopes and frequent viewpoints are common throughout.

The traprock ridges and talus slopes of the Metacomet Ridge are also home to several unique microclimate ecosystems that support species of plants that are unusual or endangered in this part of New England, and are a seasonal migration path for raptors. Views from the ledges include agrarian land, suburbs, small towns, river corridors, the eastern Berkshires ridgeline, and metropolitan Meriden and Hartford.

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  • Carol A.

    What a great day on the trail! Thank you all for coming out into the poison ivy and tick arena. At least you were off the trail by dark!

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Next time I'm bringing bug spray. So far no Poison Ivy rash! See you on the Brooklyn Bridge! : )

      June 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Great evening! Nice to see everyone.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great after work hike!!

    June 20, 2013

  • Bob

    Great little hike to break up the week, also nice to see all the new faces on the trail.

    June 19, 2013

  • chris

    Being this is an out and back I will join you and test my ankle, I figure if I can't make the whole trek I can turn around and meet the group back at the cars.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to attend

    June 17, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Great! We look forward to having you.

      June 17, 2013

  • Emet

    This is my first hike after a calf injury 3 weeks ago. If I cannot keep up or make the distance, I'll just hobble back down and meet at JT's.

    June 11, 2013

    • Carol A.

      Are you sure you had an injury or do you just want to be first to get the wings?

      June 11, 2013

    • Emet

      If I just wanted wings, I'd go to Sliders down the road from Timothy's. Don't need a hike for that. :)

      June 12, 2013

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  • Carol A.
    Scout leader, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • chris
    Co-Musketeer, Co-Organizer
  • Tom +1
  • Jennifer
    Jen X2, Co-Organizer
  • Bob
    Modest Bob, Grandpa and Road Warrior, Co-Organizer
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