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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jul 24, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 23rd, 2018
Start: NYC
End: NYC
Daily Distance: 0

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New England National Scenic Trail Day 0

Off to the New England National Scenic Trail! (The "NET"). It's a 215 mile trail through Connecticut and Massachusetts. Why would I hike this trail? Well, first, I'm gonna keep picking away at the National Scenic Trails and this is one of them. And second, it's not on Heather's list of banned trails that I'm not allowed to hike while she continues to not be able to hike while home taking care of some family medical issues.

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I really know very little about it because there really isn't much on the internet and it's short enough that I feel like I can just walk it without a ton of planning. Here is a synopses from Wikipedia:
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The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a National Scenic Trail in southern New England, which includes most of the three single trails Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Mattabesett Trail and Metacomet Trail. After the Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail system, the trail is sometimes called the Triple-M Trail. The 215-mile (346 km) route extends through 41 communities from Guilford, Connecticut at Long Island Soundover the Metacomet Ridge, through the highlands of the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, to the New Hampshire state border. (The remainder of the M-M Trail to the summit of Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire is not included in the designation.) The trail is administered by the National Park Service, and managed by two non-profit and member-volunteer based organizations: the Connecticut Forest and Park Association in Connecticut, and the Appalachian Mountain Club in Massachusetts. The trail is maintained by the volunteers of these organizations.
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The trail was one of the 3 new National Scenic Trails signed into law into 2009 by Obama. I'm sure we won't be seeing any new ones anytime soon! I actually have a bit of a hard time understanding why this is a National Scenic Trail. It's just a 215 mile trail that essentially parallels the Appalachian Trail through similar mountains but more urbanized. Since it's really made up of 3 shorter trails already in existence I guess people wanted it protected but NST status is kinda a big deal and it just seems strange to me that a less scenic version of the very nearby AT would get it. The other 2 2009 trails were the Arizona Trail and Pacific Northwest Trail both of which are spectacular and make more sense to me.
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For planning I was pretty lucky. Although the trail does seem like it's been thru hiked by people (maybe a few dozen?) there isn't much info on the internet except for one guy who went full out and recorded a GPS track, a zillion waypoints and even made a professional data book. All for free. There are a couple of journals and Whiteblaze has a forum with a few informative posts. I did buy the 2 map set the AMC sells. They are too high level to navigate with but provide a good overview of the trail I like to have. I also had to do a little resupply research as the data book only mentions the few places the trail walks by and not the bigger towns I'll need to resupply from slightly further off the trail. Also, almost any mention of a thru hike comes from locals who seem to get continuously resupplied from friends or family so there wasn't much info.
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One last thing, while looking at the maps I randomly noticed that in Massachusetts the trail ends at the Connecticut river at a place with no bridge anywhere nearby and no mention of what to do. Thanks a lot!! The trail picks up on the other side. It seems that most people get a local friend or family member to drive them around which I don't have. I don't mind hitching around but it's somewhat remote and might be challenging. I planned a little road walk around that adds 10 miles but goes through a town and since I actually needed to resupply at some point anyway this seems fine.

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New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET travels through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems. Learn more: www.newenglandtrail.org

 

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