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Come Hike With Us This Fall!

As everyone in New England knows, Fall is one of the best times of the year for adventuring. Whether it be hiking, biking, kayaking etc. the fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to get outdoors. That being said, we at Denali and Trailblazer would like for you to join us on the trail for our first ever series of hikes!

Come along with us as we hit some of Connecticut’s favorite trails throughout the state.  Not only will we be hiking, but we will also be learning outdoor skills such as cooking, packing, first aid, and much more. Below are trip descriptions and details, most hikes will be local to southern Connecticut with the exception to our final hike at Bear Mountain in Salisbury. Find one that interests you, RSVP and we will see you at the trail head!

As with any hike, please make sure to dress appropriately, bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters), a lunch and any snacks you may want.

Questions? call us at our Denali Cheshire store and ask for Rebecca (203) 250-3835

Chatfield Hollow State Park

10 Essentials of the Outdoors
Come and learn about the 10 essential pieces of gear that you should bring on your outdoor adventure to make sure you have both a fun and safe time! Meeting at the Chatfield Hollow parking lot and starting our hike from there, our hike will actually be through the adjoining Cockaponset State Forest where we will enjoy great rock features and outcroppings. We will also stop part-way to have a snack and discuss the “10 Essentials” and their importance in outdoor adventuring.
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Chatfield Trail- Meeting at Chatfield Hollow SP Main entrance at front parking lots- Look for Denali/Trailblazer sign
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Miles: 3.7
Estimated Time: 3 hrs
Trail Description: If you are a rock lover, this excursion along ledge faces, under rock overhangs and over and through crevices is for you. Along the way, marvel at imposing ledge cliffs and outcrops, caves and perched glacial erratic.
Parking Fee:$9 Residents; $15 Non-resident. (Free parking available first come first serve in front lots)

Sleeping Giant State Park

First Aid on the Trail
Whether you’re out on a day hike or a 3 week long expedition it is always worth being prepared and having some first aid knowledge in your pocket. Join us on the trail with Wilderness First Responder Rebecca Brooks as she shares her knowledge on how to make sure you are ready for the unexpected.
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
For more information click here.

Chauncey Peak

Backpacking 101
Looking to branch out of the “hiker” category and in to the exciting world of backpacking? Come learn how to plan, what and how to pack so you can start adventuring ASAP!
When: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
For more information click here.

West Rock

Gear Test!
Considering a new piece of gear but not sure if you’re ready to commit? Why not try it out before taking the leap! During this hike at West Rock we will be loaning out various pieces of outdoor equipment for you to test. Afterwards we’ll sit and share our feedback about what we learned and what items we should be putting on our Wish Lists.
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
For more information click here.

Bear Mountain

Cooking in the Outdoors
Give true meaning to eating al fresco when you join us and learn how to prepare and cook meals for your next adventure! Learn multiple techniques and share your own experience as we enjoy lunch together on top of Bear Mountain in Salisbury.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
For more information click here.

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