What we're about

Meet other local hiking enthusiasts as a group of friends exploring, learning, and having fun on the trail and occasionally other ways. Besides hiking we sometimes do: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, camping, biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, etc.

We range all over CT, central to western MA, and sometimes southern NY. Occasionally we make trips further out typically to central and northern NY, VT, NH, and ME.

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First Thursday: Nassahegan Ramble

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First Thursday hike locations vary; every month I try to find a different place but will revisit favorites from time to time. I usually post location 2 weeks in advance.

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This one is a moderate hike due to the length and the first hill. We'll do approximately 7.0 mile loop through the woods and rocks partly on blue blazed Tunxis Trail (http://ctwoodlands.org/), partly on bike trails. Trail is a combination of wooded, rocky in places trail and unpaved woods road. There are a few spots that are steep, but the biggest single elevation gain is in the first 1.5 miles. We'll walk by or through a early 19th century - mid 20th century cemetery at Lamson Corner and there are many stone walls along the way.

The entrance and parking area are on Punch Brook Rd., about 1.3 miles east of the intersection of CT 4 and CT 69 in Burlington. We'll meet in the parking area which is spacious. I have a red Ford C-Max and will park in the lot with my hatch open. We'll try to start at 9:30am promptly so plan on being there a few minutes beforehand.

No restrooms are available here, there is a Dunkin Donuts and a gas station in Burlington at the intersection of 4 and 69.

Plan on at least 3 hours and possibly closer to 4 hours depending on pace of group. This is NOT a beginner's hike; it's too long, has too much elevation and there aren't good places to bail out. I don't run in the woods, but tend to average 25-35 minutes/mile. I do take breaks and we will stop for photos and snacks.

You will need to bring at least a liter of water, snacks, and a pack to carry them. I suggest wearing a hat and if it's sunny, bring sunscreen and additional water. It may be chilly to start with.

If it's rainy bring rain gear or ponchos, towels and dry clothes; we'll go rain or shine, but we may shorten things up if it's really nasty out. Hiking boots are a must for this hike and hiking poles will help greatly in places that are covered with leaves. Jeans will chafe and ruin your day.

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times and capable of this distance.

Next up in December, I'm planning on going back to the Portland Reservoir and Meshamosic State Forest.

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Hike Mt. Carrigain (4000'), Livermore New Hampshire

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The high mountain plan has changed for this year. I am still running training hikes with the goal to hike taller mountains in New Hampshire. I will not be hosting a Mt. Washington ascent. This trip will be summiting Mt. Carrigain (4700') Lots of beautiful views and iconic things to see. It will be a 10.1 mile out and back. The elevation gain is 3400 feet. If you have the White Mountain guide you can read more about the trail. Every White Mountain hike is challenging.
We will meet at the Signal Ridge Trailhead-see the Google link below-ready to hike at 7:00am. Once you have a lodging location, make sure you note the travel distance to the hike.

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-hampshire/signal-ridge-trail-to-mount-carrigain

http://4000footers.com/carrigain.shtml

| Elevation: 4,700 feet (1,433 meters)

Prominence:

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2,240 feet (683 meters)

Location: Livermore, NH (Grafton County)

Range: Pemigewasset Wilderness

Coordinates: 44°05'36" North 71°26'51" West

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1st two miles are Easy, the last 3 miles are Moderate

Features: Carrigain Brook, Summit fire tower, 360° views

Distance of highlighted hike below: 10 miles

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Mount Carrigainis a 4,700 foot mountain located inLivermore, New Hampshire. It is located in thePemigewasset Wildernessin theWhite Mountains.
The summit has a fire tower providing 360° views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness on a clear day. The first ascent up Mount Carrigain was on August 27, 1857. There is a few stunning viewpoints along the trail.

Lodgings:
This reservation you need to make on your own. We are near North Conway for the hotel chains. Be aware, it will be a holiday weekend and leaf peeping season. Be prepared to do a bit of searching and reserve soon.

If hiking these larger mountains interests I recommend you watch the ZOOM meeting we had in February. This link will take you to the recording of that event. It will give you information for bigger hikes.
https://youtu.be/ko8JWcVCf0s

Do your best to attend the training hikes either with me or go on your own with the descriptions I send out. You will need to seriously self assess your experience and fitness level on this event. You need equipment for all seasons. It can go from sunny and warm in the valley to sleet and rain on the way up. You need rain gear, fleece, dry socks, water/food, headlamp, emergency gear, waterproof hiking boots. Ask yourself this, can I carry a heavy pack for the day?

Please be very aware that lodging and navigation to the trailhead is your responsibility. Also these big mountain hikes do not run like my local hikes. We will review the trail but we are not mandating folks to stay together. You are free to connect with those you have made friendships with or those hiking your pace that day.

Lastly, your preparedness and physical condition are again, your responsibility. If you are planning on attending these events I strongly recommend you participate in training with my hikes or another program. If you do nothing to prepare, you may not have a good trip.

A weather note-if the weather not great that day the hike may change to the Tom, Field, Whiley traverse. Carrigain's views are best on a clear day. I will keep everyone up to date with weather as we get closer to the date.

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