Hike the Blue Trail across Cobble Mountain and other peaks for outstanding views of the Catskill and Taconic mountains which offer splendid foliage viewing.
I am a very frequent visitor to Macedonia Brook State Park and have done the route indicated by the map (up White Trail to Cobble Mountain and back) as well as the much longer (6.2 mile) circuit of the entire park on the blue trail, which also goes over the summit of Cobble Mt. I frequently hike up Cobble in winter. I would classify the White trail to the summit of Cobble as being an easy to moderate hike, certainly not hard, assuming good fitness. But it is steep and rocky and hiking boots and trekking poles are advised, and micro-spikes or light crampons in winter. As others have noted, the views to the west from the summit of Cobble are wonderful. If one takes the Blue trail north from the summit of Cobble one comes to a rock scramble (at UTM 18T, Easting: 624815
Northing: 4626248) that requires moderate rock climbing skills to negotiate. This scramble could be dangerous for an inexperienced hiker. The track in the posted map appears to stop just short of this rock scramble.
This trail (Blue Trail)falls into the category of being one of the best hikes I have done this year. Most of the well marked trail was easy to moderate. Good cardio in several places. And then as you neared the top, the hard part kicked in. The leaf covered rocks were steep, wet and very slippery. It required scrambling with a touch of rock climbing in places. As Sierra F. mentioned, It is not a pet or child friendly area. The surrounding views from the vista were worth the climb. My grandson and I were fortunate to catch the waning days of fall color on this hike. The blue blazes are plentiful but very faded in many places. Enjoyed the hike and put it on my do again list for next year.
A beautiful hike to do on a colorful fall day and I definitely got a good workout in! Can't wait to come back again. However, not with a dog - this hike is not small child or large dog friendly (in my opinion) I did the entire blue trail from the east side of the parking lot (counter clockwise) with my dog. Everything was perfect until I got to a boulder that I couldn't get my dog over. She's 90lbs so I couldn't carry her over, so I had to make my own trail to the top. Going down was very difficult as well, to get my dog over the boulders on the way down Besides those small obstacles, this is one of the top 5 hikes in CT in terms of view and ...it's a loop trails! Love the loops:)
This is one of my top ten hikes in CT. No matter the season it is beautiful and challenging. We picked a beautiful day with very little snow to train a little with my new boots and a 35 lb pack. This trail, once again, did not disappoint. The counterclockwise route is my favorite direction as you get the ridge views to NY and MA at the end. A just reward for the effort!