Case Mountain Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manchester, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Case Mountain provides several trails for hiking and mountain biking. At the summit, is a fantastic view of the Hartford skyline and the whole CT river valley-particularly awesome at sunset. The ascent is relatively strenuous, and in the Spring and Summer months, mosquitos are plentiful.
NOT for biking. It is a long walk up and then it is downhill. If you are willing to walk up a mile and then ride down then fine. This is good for hiking.
I've hiked Case Mtn. many times and, like any other trails can be relatively easy or difficult depending on your route. The Shenipsit or "blue trail" runs through this area all the way to Gay City State Park in Hebron and if you're up for a challenge, this complete loop will run you about 22 miles parts of which are probably a level 2 scramble. The best approach is to print a Case Mtn. trail map and plan off of that. My favorite is to park in the Birch Mtn. lot (only about four spots but rarely used), follow the blue trail (rises about 150 feet in 0.15 miles) to the blue/yellow trail then back onto the blue all the way to Hebron's Gay City State Park (which has it's own set of trail options) and back. A real workout and full of interesting old stone walls, charcoal pits and glacial rock formations. My watch/tracker recorded a cumulative elevation gain of 350 floors and 4,000 calories expended. An exhausting but great way to spend a warm summer day!
Nice hike with good views
One of my favorite trails. I use the white trail/carriage path loop to walk up to the summit, then I run down. The last part of the loop is back up again. I love that it provides differing levels of intensity, and the views are pretty.
nice steady up hill half mile loop with rewarding view at the top.
I'm new to hiking but it was really close to home and a nice place to grow my comfort/experience because off the variety of trails. I'll be back at least a few times this year.
one of my favorite place to hike
A great place with a diversity of trails to choose from. The beginning of trail from the parking lot may be tough for some because of the incline but overall a beautiful area with a lot to see. The summit on the pink trail alone is worth the trip out here.
Great trails, well marked, will definitely go back. Hiked a few trails with my dog. Steady traffic, but still plenty of freedom.
Great views and great trails
Great trails to hike especially off the regular paths. Not difficult and very scenic
A great place to weight train for heavier packs since the trails are moderately easy. I stick a few 10 lb plates in my bag to build my shoulder strength.