As most reviewers put, the initial climb was a good cardio workout. The trail is rated moderate and most of the trail are just that. But I would make the steep beginning a strenuously moderate. I would rate this trail as dog friendly. My Golden Retriever was able to climb even the steep part at the East River Road entrance with little help. (No scrambling involved) The scenic overlooks are all they are professed to be. I am looking forward to returning in a month just to enjoy the fall colors. We hiked the Jessie Gerard trail and then lengthened our hike by taking the Charles Pack trail and returning to the trail head on the Robert Ross Trail and Falls Cutoff Trail. This made for an enjoyable and challenging 7.2 mile trek . The trails are marked well in some places and completely confusing in others. With the help of the American Legion & People's State Forest Map, and gps from AllTrails, we were able to stay on track for most of the way. Good hiking boots are recommended for this hike.
went here for the first time and man!!! what a delightful hike!! beautiful views from the top of the lighthouse trail and it definitely starts off a little moderate up a waterfall and from there it's smooth sailing... we did a 5.5 mile loop which was a combination of a few different trails but this is by far one of my favorite trails in Ct! Highly recommend!
I thought this was a great CT hike. You can choose to make it as lengthy as you want, good incline at times to get your heart rate up, not extremely difficult but a good day outside, and some good views along the trail where there are some clearings. I don't think there is a true "summit."
Parked in the Ullmann Grove Area, took the blue Robert Ross Trail all the way up to the blue-yellow Jessie Gerard Trail. This trail has some great lookouts. Stayed on the blue-yellow trail to take the Charles Pack Trail back to the car. These are the only spots where it might get a little confusing just because it crosses with the snowmobile road so you have to get on the road for a little to meet up with the hiking trail, but everything is well marked.
Meant to take the blue-orange trail back to the car but didn't check the map at the intersection and thought it was a blue-red trail. Ended up walking on King Road and taking the blue Robert Ross Trail back to the car. Total 6.3miles in about three hours, enough to enjoy being outside and build up an appetite.