This is one in a series of section hikes traversing the Mattabaesett Trail from North to South. Each hike will be 5 to 7 miles of moderate hiking over a 3 to 4 hour duration. The group will meet at the end of the trail head and car pool to the beginning. We will then hike via the blue trail, back to the cars and make arrangements to pick up the cars that were left at the start. It would be nice to have a group of people who are interested in completing all of the sections. Connecticut Forest and Park awards a patch to those who do so.
Section 4 – Three Notches , Trimountian and Pistapaugh Mountains
Distance: 6.5 miles
Terrain: The trail offers some tricky terrain over sometimes steep ascents and descents. Summits offer wonderful views to the west and south.
Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance.
When: Sunday 10AM EST 9 December 2012
Meeting location: Meet in the parking lot of the Hitchin' Post Tavern located at 980 New Haven Road (Route 17) in Durham CT. We will form car pools and drive to the trail head with road side parking on north side of Durham Rd (Route 68) near trail head in Durham, CT
Who to look for: Red Dodge Wagon.
Food and Drink: A snack and a TWO quarts of water. Being that they are nice enough to let us use their parking lot, the Apres-Hike activities will be at the Hitchin' Post Tavern; so y'all remember bring your cowboy hats and leave your front teeth at home.
Trail Map: http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide233002.jpg
Background: The Mattabesett Trail is a 50-mile (80 km) long, hook-shaped Blue-Blazed hiking trail in central Connecticut and a part of the New England National Scenic Trail. One half of the trail follows the high traprock ridges of the Metacomet Ridge, from Totoket Mountain in Guilford, Connecticut to Lamentation Mountain in Meriden, Connecticut from south to north. This ridge is known for its biodiversity, miles of scenic cliffs, and rugged hiking. The second half of the trail extends north from Guilford to Middletown, Connecticut and ends at the Connecticut River. Here, the trail follows an upland of metamorphic rock with occasional views and dense forests.
Important features along the trail include Lamentation Mountain, Chauncey Peak, Higby Mountain, Besek Mountain, Fowler Mountain, Trimountain, Pistapaug Mountain, Totoket Mountain, the Broomstick Ledges, Seven Falls, and Coginchaug Cave. The Metacomet Trail continues north from Lamentation Mountain where the Mattabesett Trail leaves off.
The geology, ecology, and landscape of the trail are similar to that of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to the north in Massachusetts.
In 2000, the United States Congress authorized the National Park Service to research a new National Scenic Trail now tentatively called the New England National Scenic Trail in southern New England, which would include the Mattabesett Trail as well as the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and the Metacomet Trail.
The combination of the Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett trails is also often referred to as the '3-M', 'MMM' or Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail. The New England National Scenic Trail will eventually include all or almost all of the 'MMM' trails as well as a proposed extension trail from the southern-most point on the Mattabesett Trail through Guilford, Connecticut to the northern shore of Long Island Sound.
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