Located in Barkhamsted, People's State Forest is a slightly challenging (REI rates it 'difficult') hike with amazing views and interesting features (Manitou stones, glacial boulders, meadows and swamps in addition to some great overlooks). It's ideal for someone who is not a first time hiker.
There are a lot of uphill climbs, in the beginning of the hike. And the views are worth it. They are among the best views in CT.
Our starting point and ending point will be the same, thus we will not shuttle cars and dogs are welcome provided their owners bring a leash and obey park rules regarding pets.
This hike will cover 4.5 miles and will take about 3.5 hours - depending on our time looking at the views.
Please wear hiking apparel, including hiking shoes or hiking boots.
I request that all hikers joining my outings wear boots and appropriate hiking clothing (no blue jeans, cotton t-shirts, sweaters, etc). Inappropriate wear may actually make the hike difficult for you and if you have difficulty it will impact the other hikers. If you are uncertain as to what clothing or items are considered hiking wear, please email me directly, or email any of the other co-organizers. We will also be able to share referrals to suppliers of both new and gently used hiking apparel and supplies.
You will wear a pack that is either a day pack, a hiking waist pack or a bladder pack. Tourist fanny packs that are not large enough to carry extra layers, 2 bottles of water plus snacks, are not suitable.
Please bring water and a snack or two.
It is not my intention to embarrass any hiker, however if you come to one of the hikes I lead, without preparation of clothing, food/water, I may pull you aside and ask you to reconsider.
From Route 44 WESTBOUND, turn right onto Route 318 which is west of New Hartford.
(from eastbound 44, turn left on Route 318).
Stay on 318 until you cross the Farmington River. Immediately past the river, turn left onto EAST River Road. You will be on East River Road for about 2.4 miles. Drive PAST the park entrance. Drive PAST Mathes picnic and parking area. We will be parked off the road on your left. I suggest carpools - however there is room for at least 20 or more cars in this area.
An apres-hike venue will be suggested by Tom so plan on coming out after the hike.
See Photos below and also look on our photo page for a glimpse into this hike!
HISTORY OF THE AREA
Peoples State Forest is located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted. The forest was established in 1924 through the efforts of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association which coordinated subscriptions for donations. The donations came from citizens groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Connecticut Federation of Women's Clubs and many other groups and individuals who purchased land and donated it to the people of Connecticut for approximately $8.00 an acre. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Other attractions include the 200 year old white pine picnic groves in the Matthies Grove and Whittemore Recreation Areas, over 11 miles of hiking trails, the Barkhamsted Lighthouse and other cultural and historic sites.
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