Water shoes AND hiking shoes/boots both required. We will alternate between trails and rivers. If you don't bring both you'll be heading back to your car after the first mile.
A good piece of this hike will be hiking IN THE RIVER. It's nice to get wet on a hot day! This will be a hike of about 8 miles for hikers ready to move beyond beginner hikes. No beginners please. If you are a regular with CT Hiking Alliance - this hike won't be hard.
The hike is a loop - very little elevation change. In addition to the river there is a fantastic swimming hole toward the end of the hike so pack your towel IN YOUR PACK. We will start with our hiking boots on, then switch to water shoes, then back on with the boots, then back on with the water shoes, then boots, then swim, then boots to hike to the picnic. If it's raining we will go to a local restaurant.
Yes I do have a map. You should bring one too. Always bring your own map.
Map showing trails AND park entrance - Mansfield Hollow Trail Map CLICK HERE (http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/mansfieldhollow.pdf)
Pace: A moderate pace with short breaks for water and views.
Food and Drink: You will need MORE THAN A simple snack and at least 2 liters of water. Energy food - with higher sugars and proteins is the best choice. Water is especially important. And please be wise and eat smartly prior to the hike.
Equipment: bring your supersoakers! Hiking boots or hiking shoes are a must. Also bring swim wear, or swim in your hiking wear, and bring of towel if you don't like to air dry. Denim/jeans and cotton are never acceptable for hiking. Layers are important. You will sweat so please dress in layers and adjust for the conditions.
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 co-organizers.
It is not my intention to embarrass any hiker, however if you come without preparation of clothing, food/water or gear, I may pull you aside and ask you to reconsider.
Apres-hike: Yes - we will picnic at the park. Bring your own meal. This is not a potluck. However... if it is raining as the hike ends, we will go to a local eatery instead of picnic.
Pets: Allowed if they will stay in water with us. The water isn't deep ... About knee to maybe thigh high. You must bring a leash, licensing, proof of vaccinations. Not for dogs who've had or been trouble of any sort on the trail please. AND the dog MUST like to HIKE IN WATER.
Legal Stuff: By RSVPing "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:
In consideration for attending this event or for RSVPing YES, 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 have read the write up, will comply with all guidelines therein and that
I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. And the Connecticut Hiking Alliance takes lots of pics. If you are in the witness protection program or camera shy, this group is not for you!
Your Guests: If you bring anyone with you, it is YOUR responsibility to have them read the write up and follow instructions. Any person that you bring must be signed on as your guest. If guests are not permitted on this event, they must sign up individually through Meet Up.
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About the park:
The region was once the domain of the Mohegan Chief Uncas. The name Mashamoquet is Indian for "stream of good fishing" and originally was applied to the entire area. Later, Captain John Sabin built a house here to serve as an outpost and the settlement gradually increased in size. In 1723, parish and township privileges were granted and the town became Pomfret, named after Pontefract in Yorkshire, England.The present park area is actually a combination of three parks: the original Mashamoquet Brook, Wolf Den and Saptree Run. A large portion of the park was public domain even prior to the State Park and Forest Commission's creation in 1914 due to the foresight of the Daughters of the American Revolution who had purchased the Wolf Den parcel in 1899. The State purchased this section from them in 1924 for the original 1899 price and added it to the first Mashamoquet Brook parcel which had been a gift of former Pomfret resident Sarah Fay. These areas, other purchases, and gifts (notably, in 1957, the 148 acre Hotchkins Wolf Den Farm parcel) have been combined to form the present 900 acre park.The most famous feature is the Wolf Den into which, on a night in 1742, Israel Putnam crept and shot a wolf that for years had preyed upon local sheep and poultry. Israel Putnam was later to gain fame as a Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.Near the Den are the Table Rock and Indian Chair natural stone formations. The Indian Chair is a wide seat-shaped ledge. In the section that is now the entrance to Mashamoquet Brook State Park, there once operated a cider mill, grist mill and wagon shop. The mill dam and pond went out during the flood of 1938. Now only the grist mill is still in existence. It is maintained as a museum by the Pomfret Historical Society. The mill is open on a regular basis and staffed by members of the Historical Society who provide interpretation for all interested visitors.