Hiking Progress

I am a big fan of hiking. If you go for a hike, you get to share in nature, good views, scenic vistas, geological features – all that good stuff! Plus, it’s free. All you need is a good pair of shoes and some water and you’re basically good to go on a long or short hike. Of course, as you spend more and more time out on the trail, you’ll probably want to upgrade your stuff to hike in any season (like packs, water bladders, trekking poles, crampons, etc.)!

Hike and Keeping It Interesting

A few things keep hiking interesting for me! First are hiking challenges. There are at least a few hiking challenges that I’ve participated in over the years, include the Sleeping Giant Master’s challenge in 2015, and the CT DEEP Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge in 2015 and 2016 (in progress). Due to the nature of the challenges and support behind them, some do require memberships or fees. If challenges are interesting to you, make sure you do your homework! And, if you do succeed in completing the challenges, you can get some sweet swag like patches, badges, certificates, shirts, and hiking sticks! Most of all, you get free or low cost entertainment! A win-win!

As I’ve been travelling and visiting new parks, I’ve started tracking where I’ve been. So, following is a map and list of all the parks/trails I’ve been to.

List of Parks/Trails (Quasi-chronological)

Southford Falls State Park Southbury CT
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden CT
Pachaug State Forest Voluntown CT
Lovers Leap State Park New Milford CT
Mount Tom State Park Litchfield CT
Haystack Mountain State Park Norfolk CT
Dennis Hill State Park Norfolk CT
Macedonia Brook State Park Kent CT
Mohawk State Forest/ Mohawk Mountain State Park Cornwall/Goshen CT
Fort Griswold State Park Groton CT
Farmington Canal Trail Hamden CT
Lock 12 Cheshire CT
Talcott Mountain State Park Simsbury CT
Shenipsit State Forest Ellington/Somers/Stafford CT
Bigelow Hollow State Park Union CT
Pachaug State Forest Voluntown CT
Silver Sands State Park. Milford CT
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden CT
West Rock Ridge State Park Hamden/New Haven CT
Pequannock Valley Greenway (Housatonic Rail-Trail Trumbull) Trumbull CT
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden CT
Hop Brook Lake Middlebury CT
East Rock New Haven CT
Farmington Reservoir Farmington CT
Devil’s Den Preserve Weston CT
Westwoods Guilford CT
Giuffrida Park Meriden CT
Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum Rocky Hill CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Downs Rd/Regional Water Authority Hamden CT
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden CT
Minnewaska State Park Preserve Kerhonkson NY
Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail Meriden CT
Lovers Leap State Park New Milford CT
Mine Hill Preserve Roxbury CT
Osbornedale State Park Derby CT
Lamentation Mountain State Park Berlin CT
Quinnipiac River State Park North Haven CT
Quinnipiac Linear Trail Wallingford CT
Wadsworth Falls State Park Middlefield/Middletown CT
Millers Pond State Park Durham CTSky’s the Limit 2016
Hop River State Park Trail Bolton CT
Crescent Lake Southington CT
Naugatuck State Forest Bethany CT
Sleeping Giant State Park Hamden CT
Osbornedale State Park Derby CT – NEW YEAR HIKE AND Sky’s The Limit 2015 Hiking Staff Drawing
Indian Well State Park Shelton CT
Larkin State Bridle Trail Naugatuck CT
Naugatuck State Forest Beacon Falls CT
Devils Hopyard State Park East Haddam CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Eagle Landing State Park Haddam CT
Collis P. Huntington State Park Redding CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Squantz Pond State Park New Fairfield CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Black Rock State Park Watertown CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Burr Pond State Park Torrington CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Mansfield Hollow State Park Mansfield CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Gunntown Passive Park and Nature Preserve – CT Trails Day June 2016
American Legion State Forest Barkhamsted CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail Windsor Locks/Suffield CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016
West Rock State Park – Lake Wintergreen Loop 2016-06-22
West Rock State Park – Ridge-to-Lake Wintergreen Loop 2016-06-24
West Rock State Park – Hill St Red/Yellow/Blue 2016-06-24
James L. Goodwin State Forest – Sky’s the Limit 2016 – 2016-06-25
Air Line State Park Trail North/Tri State Marker – Sky’s the Limit 2016 – 2016-06-26
Mount Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, New Hampshire – 2016-07-02
Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT – Sky’s the Limit 2016 – 2016-07-17
West Rock State Park – Ridge-to-Lake Wintergreen Loop 2016-07-23
West Rock State Park – The Scenic Vista Tour 2016-07-24
Sleeping Giant State Park – Violet/Red/Green Loop 2016-07-30
Mianus River Park, Stamford, CT- Sky’s the Limit 2016 – 2016-08-21
Steep Rock Preserve, Washington, CT – 2016-08-27
Seven Falls State Park Connecticut 154, Higganum, CT 06441, United States 2016-12-26

2017

Kellogg Environmental Center – Osbourndale State Park New Year’s Day Hike 2017-01-01

West Rock State Park Lake Wintergreen Loop 2017-01-02
Southford Falls State Park 175 Quaker Farms Road, Southbury, CT 06488, United States 2017-01-21
Kettletown State Park 1400 Georges Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488, United States 2017-01-21
Roaring Brook Park Cheshire, CT 06410, United States 2017-01-22
Roosevelt Forest 700 Peters Lane, Stratford, CT 06614, United States 2017-01-28
East Rock Park 41 Cold Spring Street, New Haven, CT 06511, United States 2017-01-29
Lock 12 Cheshire, CT 06410, United States 2017-02-04
Naugatuck State Forest Hunters Mountain Road, Naugatuck, CT 06770, United States 2016-02-05

Photos

Windsor Locks Canal State Park

Windsor Locks Canal State Park

West Rock State Park Hamden CT

West Rock State Park Hamden CT

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