Hemlock Hills & Pine Mountain Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ridgefield, CT that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Pine Mountain Reserve is a 368 acre open space in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The space has many trails, trail heads and also one of Ridgefield's highest points, at 1,021 feet (311 m) above sea level. The trail will extend fourteen miles, from Terre Haute in Bethel, northwesterly to Rogers Park in Danbury, past the Charles Ives Homestead, and then southerly thru Tarrywile Park. It will then continue southwesterly across Route 7 and through Wooster Mountain State Park to the existing trail systems in Ridgefield's Bennetts Pond Park and Pine Mountain Park. The Ives Trail is named in honor of Charles E. Ives. Born in Danbury in 1874, Ives is noted for his original classical compositions, winning the Pulitzer prize in 1947 for his Symphony Number 3. Danbury's Ives has the significant distinction of being Connecticut's state composer.
I wouldn't call this trail anywhere close to hard. It was mostly rolling hills with a few short, steep inclines on the yellow trail. It is rocky so boots are a good idea. As others have noted the blazes are super hard to follow so pay attention and don't be afraid to backtrack to make sure you're on the right path.
Exceptional trail with diverse terrain. A few of the trails were hard to follow, but worth the effort to figure it out.
This was our first time on this trap and thanks to Alltrails.com for finding these gems. I questioned the "hard" rating at first but the yellow trail has quite a bit of uphill rocks which is great and challenging. We went off blazed trail to the Pine Mountain overlooks and we're glad we did. We will be back!
Excellent trail for a short day hike! There are many challenging sections of this trail with uneven, rocky terrain with steep inclines. Many parts of this trail are not suitable for children.
I don't do this exact trek; I stuck to Pine Mountain for the loop around the summit. It was super satisfying for a short trek because there were some challenging parts. The lookout is with worth the longer trek if you take it on. Hidden gem in this area.
Did the the half mile trail up to the look out. Amazing view from the look out over 300+ acres of undeveloped land. The trail was very well marked and relatively quite. Definitely more of a difficult trail.
Took the untrodden trails. Always a great place to go
Great lookout and good location for any one in the Danbury area.
I really enjoyed this trail. You get a nice reqarding view from atop Pine Mountain. There are several beaver lodges in Bennet's Pond and it was fun pointing on the gnawed up trees and stumps along the north shore.
Great trails with some good climbs and the peak overlook is amazing!
Went with my dog and absolutely had the time of our lives. Got lost a couple times due to trail markings that weren't completely obvious, but all in all loved it here.