This section of the Appalachian Trail features a well-maintained trail that winds through hardwood forests, over babbling brooks, and past long-range views of scenic valleys and cascading waterfalls. While this is a level 4 trip, the AT through Connecticut has features more forgiving terrain than most other sections of the trail leaving you with more energy to enjoy the other wonderful things Connecticut has to offer. On this trip, we’ll cover approximately 52 miles to complete the Connecticut section, returning at the end of the day to our elegant, historic lodging near Pine Plains, NY. While the terrain is less challenging than neighboring AT states, you'll still hike significant mileage on this trip -between 4.2 and 13.2 miles each day, which requires being in excellent physical condition. Maximum group size: 10
This trip is rated a level 4 on our fitness scale, as it involves hiking from 4 -13 miles a day on varied terrain (see itinerary for daily specific mileage). The Appalachian Trail is full of ups and downs; our biggest ascent on this trip is 3,000 feet over 13 miles. The trail will undoubtedly have rocks, exposed tree roots, and muddy sections. Slackpacking requires being in excellent physical condition with prior hiking experience. While we are unable to offer longer and shorter alternatives for each day of hiking, hikers are welcome to take a down day to stay behind and explore Pine Plains or relax in our lodging. To prepare for this trip, adding some specific conditioning such as strength training, endurance training, and longer aerobic workouts is recommended.Rating: 1 2 3  5.
While Connecticut does provide relatively well-graded terrain along the Appalachian Trail, hiking any part of the AT is a physical challenge that should not be taken lightly! The AT travels 50.1 miles through Connecticut, and on this slackpacking trip, we will hike all of them, completing this section in its entirety! Along the way, you will encounter rough and rocky trails, and some steep climbs and descents. Depending on weather, you may also navigate muddy trails and rocks and roots that will be slippery when wet. In Connecticut, the Appalachian Trail crosses over hills and valleys and through several towns in the Southern Taconic Range. To fully enjoy yourself on this trip, you should be comfortable hiking up to 13 miles a day for multiple days in a row.
We will be staying at the regal mansion in Pine Plains, NY. The Pines Mansion is elegant, historical, and you might even say magical. Each room is creatively decorated and takes you back into time. After hours of hiking you will find yourself ready to relax in your mansion with many, many amenities. The Pine Mansion includes a gourmet eat-in kitchen, butler's pantry, formal dining room, music room, library/game room, mud room, parlor, and 10 bedrooms. Here you will find a mix of shared rooms and single supplements.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Welcome to Slackpacking Connecticut! On this travel day, plan to fly into the Albany Airport (ALB) before 3PM, at which time our guides will meet you at baggage claim and shuttle you to our lodging. If you are driving, you can meet us at the Pine Plains Mansion at 4:30PM. We cannot wait to hike through northwest Connecticut with you! (D)
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