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Section Hike The Complete Mattabesett Trail: Section 4

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.

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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.[3]

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  • Bob

    I thought it swan't suppose to be a cake walk. As always lord of fun laughs and good times with a great group of people

    December 10, 2012

  • jean W.

    Great Hike! Thanks Chris, Carol Ann and Dave for a fun hike with great views and fun group of people. The birthday surprise and meal at the hitching post were perfect!

    December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Carol Anne, Chris and Dave for special day on the trail with the gang :)

    December 9, 2012

  • Carol A.

    I liked the two climbs and the cake best. The company was fantabulous too! What an adventuresome group!

    December 9, 2012

  • Brandon

    Great day out! I only dropped a star as I've liked the cliffs in the last section so much! Cake on the trail was a sweet touch! Great group today, too!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Britta R.

    THANK YOU ALL for an amazing, wonderful, unforgettable 30th birthday! I was so surprised and touched!!! Couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the day. This will be the birthday surprise to beat- I mean... who else will surprise a friend by hanging a cake from a tree branch over night?!!! Seriously!! AWESOME! Love you guys!

    December 9, 2012

  • Carolyn

    Great outing - this one will be hard to beat - funny and with cake on trail!

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I did not make it. I had to take my son to a soccer game because his ride cancelled. Next time! MJ

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mary-Jane, this is a hike not a walk. It is pretty strenuous in parts, and no there are no facilities along the way. Plenty of trees and bushes though.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay I am reading this and getting scared. Is it 4 hours? Are there places to use a port o potty? I am not sure I want to work this hard. Please let me know. Thanks MJ

    December 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mary-Jane, this is a hike not a walk. It is pretty strenuous in parts, and no there are no facilities along the way. Plenty of trees and bushes though.

      December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How hard is it? I will be there!

    December 8, 2012

  • Britta R.

    I don't drink, but I will let everyone pitch in for birthday dessert. I might actually share it too... ha!

    1 · December 5, 2012

  • Britta R.

    This is on my birthday! Can't wait to spend the morning hiking with the group!

    December 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Zev, you're driving, right?

      December 3, 2012

    • Carolyn

      AND she has a designated driver,..? Awesome!

      December 3, 2012

  • Britta R.

    :)

    December 3, 2012

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