Welcome to the New Haven Hiking Club, a friendly group of people that meet on a regular basis to enjoy the outdoors in good company. Currently numbering about 250 members, we are especially active in spring and summer, with evening hikes during the week complementing weekend activities. These hikes allow for a little fresh air along a beach or a ridge line and are generally more social than aerobic.
With more time available on the weekends, short, medium and long hikes are scheduled throughout the region. Winter offers hiking on snow covered trails, followed by lattes and hot chocolate at cozy coffee shops. Long holiday weekends present hiking options in Maine, Vermont, the White Mountains, the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and Cape Cod.
Although predominantly a hiking club, we frequently canoe, kayak, bicycle, run and cross-country ski. In addition to the outdoor activities, our members add spice and variety with some of the finest slide shows, barbecues and potluck dinners a club could offer. Club members like to eat!
Our club is strongly supported by the essential contributions of volunteer leaders who scout the trails, plan the routes and meet fellow hikers at the appointed meeting spot. At times there are "car spots" to place cars at the beginning and end of the hikes. Carpooling is an option that is encouraged among club members.
Outwardly focused as well, the club helps to maintain the trails we hike and contributes to improvements made by groups such as the Connecticut Parks and Forest Association. As a member of the club, you will be able to join in the camaraderie that develops as we spend time together in club activities. We hope the New Haven Hiking Club offers something of interest for you and we look forward to seeing you on the trail sometime soon!
In 1932, with the active encouragement of the New Haven Board of Recreation, a small group of enthusiasts founded the New Haven Hiking Club. During the early years membership was below 50; there was one hike each week with a break in July and August. The trolley car to Westville and the Greyhound bus were used to reach some trailheads.
The club was on ice for a few years during World War II but has otherwise operated continuously, while membership has increased and activities have become more varied. Some current members live many miles from New Haven.
Events, initiated and led by volunteer leaders, cater to the energetic and the casual rambler, the worker wanting an evening outdoors, the retiree wanting mid-week activity, the biker and the canoeist/kayaker.
Although members of the club care deeply about the preservation of trails and open space, we are not a political organization. Our focus is on arranging outdoor activities and some social events, and we are still small enough for active members to know one another well.