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Nice little hike , well marked , variety of terrain , spend some time exploring around the caves . 5.2 miles round trip

Challenging and rewarding

Great hike, not too difficult...Well marked, with beautiful views. I got caught in a storm but still a great day. Highly recommend

A nice quick loop with two good lookout points. Steep in a few spots but overall a nice quick hike. 2 hours taking your time. Well marked and easy to navigate.

This is a really cool trail. I think it wouldn’t be as enjoyable in the spring or summer as I imagine it can get quite overgrown; but for fall/winter hiking it’s perfect. Tons of variation, changes landscapes, different plant life, and we even saw a hawk.

Great hike, the “caves” were more like GIANT boulders and really fun to explore around. It was pretty wet in a lot of places so I would recommend water resistant hiking boots. Our dog loved it too!

Love this place! Ha! Do the first uphill twice, (take a right down to the helicopter pad and up again).

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike, but incredible in the fall when the leaves are changing. It starts out level along the lake and then inclines to a wonderful view. Parts of the trail are on loose rocks that can be tricky but not bad. Highly recommend!

I have found many exciting things to see on these trails.

Nice hike. Great view. A little rocky. Ran into a bear! Lol

Very good and scenic view

Really fun trail. Lots of options with some good bouldering spots, lots of running water and some stunning views all rolled into a deep forest hike.

The Saturday I was there was overcast and dreary with no view of the Berkshires from Rand's view and a slight view from Mount Prospect. On the plus side The Great Falls were RAGIN!! Had a nice picnic at Rand's view will definitely return one day when the weather is nice!!

walking
2 months ago

I went on an overcast, 60° day. The trail was mostly easy to follow despite a lot of coverage by fallen leaves. You can tell it isn't used much, and in some spots the blazes are faded or unexpectedly on stones instead of trees. Thankfully, there's only one trail.

The trail is a good workout with a variety of minor sights. It took me a little over 2 hours to complete on my own. Don't expect spectacular views, but there is a nice spot that overlooks a pier on the lake.

I would have marked it hard rather than moderate, but great hike and beautiful views. Definitely bring water.

Lovely trail with lots of interest. Elevation changes are continual, and several rock scrambles make it fun. My dogs all did well though it was a challenge for the 11 year old. Markings were very well done, thank you trail crews!

definitely worth it nice up and down few wet spots but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry caves are pretty awesome and also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves near the top

oh yeah, I also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves

definitely worth it, few spots with mud and puddles but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry, caves are pretty awesome, highly recommended

What a fantastic trail. Such diverse terrain and environments.
There is no parking on Thayer road you mist park on Saybrook road so don’t bother turning on to Thayer. The trial also starts In Saybrook Road at the end of the parking area.
The trail is clearly marked and well maintained.

A good trail. I recommend it. Some up and downs but nothing too crazy. It rained the day before I went and I saw all kinds of mushrooms on the trail.

Great trail, fairly well maintained, some eroded areas, blowdowns cleared.

there are some great views on this hike — not just the gorgeous meadow at rand's view, but also the view from mt. prospect and a nice variety of woodlands. i second the suggestion to drive past the marked trailhead and park in the lot by the dam. you can pick up the trail just across the road from there. lots of poison ivy along the trail, so keep your eyes out. but there are also some nice wildflowers blooming right now, especially goldenrod.

trail running
2 months ago

I liked the trail a lot for it's distance. Clocked 4.5 miles plus 1,400' of ascent down & back. Bouldered at the caves some. Man are there some hard problems over there!

Not much elevation, but very pretty trail that is nice and diverse (deciduous fern forest, pine groves, ledge). Boulders and caves were fun to explore. Trail was in good shape, a little muddy in spots. Important to stay on trail as there were signs for hunting areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely moderate to hard for me. Without this app I would have been going in circles, hence the 4. Great hike though.

This is a fun short loop with waterfalls and two nice vista's looking down through the valley. More strenuous than your average Connecticut hike with the elevation gain and a couple small rock scrambles. The lookouts are a good place to have lunch/snack. You do hook up with the AT for almost a mile, so if your doing it in the warmer months bring some "trail magic" for the thru hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

on Pomperaug Trail

2 months ago

beautiful hike with lots of streams for the dog to get a drink. starts high, rolls up and down and makes it down to the lake edge before looping back. my only complaint is the constant drone of speed boats from the busy lake.

We really enjoyed the blue trail- tons of fun up and over large rocks. We did 10 miles in 5 hours, stopping for lunch midway. The disappointing part was the 3 dirt bikes that were on the blue-yellow trail the entire time. We didn’t cross paths with the bikes until the end of our hike but could hear them the entire time.

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