What we're about

This is a fun and laid-back group for dog enthusiasts who like to hike with their dogs, meet new people, and want to socialize with their dogs.
Each month we will lead a different hike in the Greater Manchester area. Even if you don't have a dog you are welcome to attend providing you like canine companions. Hikes usually last an hour to an hour and a half. The terrain is easy to moderate unless indicated.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed to be off-leash provided the property we're hiking on allows it. Most state parks require dogs to be on a leash. Below is a shortened version of our state statute pertaining to dogs being off-leash:
Liability
A dog's owner or keeper is liable for any damage caused by his dog to a person's body or property, unless the damage was sustained while the person was committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, abusing, or tormenting the dog. The law presumes that anyone under the age of seven was not committing a trespass or teasing the dog unless the defendant can prove otherwise (CGS § 22-357). If damage has been caused by two or more dogs at the same time, their owners or keepers are jointly and severally liable for the entire damage (CGS § 22-356).
Disclaimer
Our leaders work to ensure a safe environment during all activities. While safety is a priority, Ruff-Ruff Hikes. (RRH) has no control over the condition of the trails. Hikers hike at their own risk. RRH shall not be held liable for any damage(s) hikers or their dogs incur while at an RRH-organized event/activity (including, but not limited to, RRH Hikes). All hikes are organized as a group. RRH asks all individuals to stay with the group. RRH shall not be held responsible for hikers/dogs who become lost. Hikes may be steep or have difficult terrain. New hikers should consult a physician before starting any exerting activities. RRH reserves the right to discern if a dog should be leashed and owners (group or individual) may be asked to do so. Owners should be aware of any property laws for hikes and are responsible for any and all fines and damage(s) incurred by themselves and/or their dog(s).
Covid-19
By clicking on "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:
COVID-19 Consideration: There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where other people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and even death. By voluntarily participating in an event organized by Ruff Ruff Hikes you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, hereby, 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 Ruff Ruff Hikes meetup group for and related to the above-listed event. I attest and verify that I and my dog are physically fit to participate in any portion of this above-listed event. I grant Ruff Ruff Hikes permission to use any photographs, film, or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

Past events (163)

Coop Sawmill Rd. Blue & White Trail Loop (Hike Level- Moderate)

Birch Mountain in Glastonbury on Birch Mountain Road

Ruff-Ruff Hikes! Case Mountain

Case Pond Trail Head in Case Mountain Park, Manchester, Conn.

Ruff-Ruff Hikes! Case Mountain

Case Pond Trail Head in Case Mountain Park, Manchester, Conn.

Ruff-Ruff Hikes! Case Mountain

Case Pond Trail Head in Case Mountain Park, Manchester, Conn.