Kick Off 2012 by Hiking the Sleeping Giant

Hike is part of a national effort called First Day Hikes and is the only one of its kind in Connecticut.

Kick off 2012 on a healthy foot by joining outdoor enthusiasts on New Year’s Day for a hike through one of Connecticut’s most scenic state parks, Sleeping Giant in Hamden.

Hikers will take to the trail at 1:30 p.m. as part of the nationwide initiative, “First Day Hikes,” which is being launched by the National Association of Park Directors (NASPD). 

While the hike at Sleeping Giant is the only one in Connecticut this year, it is one of more than 400 that will take place across the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012. The Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) is hosting this free hike.

“I can think of no better way to begin the New Year than by going for a brisk hike with friends and family,” said Susan Frechette, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Deputy Commissioner.  “DEEP is delighted that the Sleeping Giant Park Association is hosting this hike and encourages everyone to take the opportunity to enjoy the day walking in the woods.”

The hike will begin at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 P.M.  The hike will include two groups and will last approximately 1 and-a-half to 3 hours depending on which group you choose. Directions to the park can be found on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep 

The hike will involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should:

  • Be in good physical condition. 
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable, supportive shoes, with good traction.  
  • Bring snacks and water if you like. 

Advanced registration is not necessary; however, minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult and have signed permission of a parent or legal guardian. Out of consideration for the other hikers, please leave pets at home.  

John Myers January 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
If you can't make this, Southington has a whole bunch of great trails to hike, including several (of all levels) at YMCA Camp Sloper. Best wishes for a healthy 2012.
Dottie Konarski January 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
There is also a New Year's Day hike at the Scantic River in Enfield at 1:00! It's a 2-mile hike one-way.


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