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Hike-Hunt for Leatherman's Cave. Haddam

Date and Time

Sunday, December 13, 2020, 10:30AM - 4:00PM


Clark Creek Waterfall Parking Area Rte 82 and Saybrook Road, Haddam CT,
Connecticut, West of River,


Registration is required for this activity.


REGISTER HERE BUT ALSO RSVP @ Only Meetup will have last minute updates, addtl. info. and phone app gives you directions. IF accepted AMC emails you a "Confirmation" SORRY limited # due to COVID. Please cancel 48 hours+ in advance so waitlist can attend. Rated Strenuous for advanced hikers 12+ miles fast paced with few stops. You must stay with the group. Hike 10+ miles through the most remote part of Cockaponset State Forest with no marked trails but beautiful gorges with rocky ledges, mountain laurel and Hemlock groves. Our goal is to find the Leatherman's largest and most elusive caves (Big enough for us all to stand in) with an old map and a description. (there are no pictures, maps or coordinates) The Leatherman was an early long distance hiker! In the late 1880s he hiked a 350 mile loop between Hudson River and the CT River camping along the way in caves. Required Equipment: H2O/snacks, phone, printed map, coat warm enough for overnight temps, dry base layer, hiking poleS, rain gear AND everything on this list: Bring Camera. DOGS okay but you check park regs.

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Leatherman 1880s



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Wait Listed


20s & 30s


Grew up in NH climbing/camping in the Whites starting with Mt. Washington when I was 8. Enjoyed backpacking trips to Torres Del Paine, Sequoia, Canadian Rockies, Mount Whitney and about every mountain in NE. Like to find new places or ways to hike in CT to keep it interesting and use local hikes to stay in shape for more challenging adventures. Love to introduce people to climbing, backpacking, and paddling. . Look forward to meeting new friends with the CT AMC and seeing my CHA friends.