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this trail was one of the toughest i've done. was a good work out. there are so many rocks. and very steep terrain. i would say this trail is moderate/hard. i liked the views and i will be back for more

hiking
3 days ago

My husband and I walked the red trail today. This was the first time we walked a nature trail. Some parts of the trail was very rocky. It was a great experience and the view was beautiful.

Great views. The hike is what I scored. Frustrated with the app, though. I recorded it and it didn’t save and wouldn’t let me share.

Not so much a hike as a walk on the beach. It’s beautiful and very relaxing!! Only downfall was there were bees

We did the loop but not the Salmon river part. ended up 3.2 miles on the blue. Some nice running spots. Some hills. All in all a nice but rocky trail. pretty well marked. Will be back to do the whole 7.3

hiking
24 days ago

I loved this hike, good distance with a decent amount of elevation without being too strenuous. Stunning scenery. It was mostly undercover so sunscreen was not really required. However, bug spray is a must. A couple of great views, I would definitely do this hike again. The waterfall was pretty!

Great place of adventure. Lot of up n down parts to make the hike a solid workout as well

IMO this is the best way to get to Brace Mountain and see a lot of cool stuff along the way. Nice views at Round Hill, with some steep areas going up, then down and back up to Frissell, where there is no real view at the peak, but plenty just after on your way to the CT high point, with Riga Lake below you. A bit further you come to the three states marker, then make your way gradually up to the South Taconic trail and Brace Mountain, with beautiful views of the Harlem Valley and beyond. It's a very popular spot for paragliders, and there were at least ten of them up there when we arrived, either in the air or getting ready to take off. The walk back down Brace Mountain Road is very rocky in places but super easy. We parked one car at the start of the hike and the other at the end of Brace Mountain Road, on West St., which is the best way to do it and keeps you from having to slog another boring mile up the road at the end. Great great hike!

Nice and well maintained trail. The rocks are gorgeous. Reaching the first summit takes nearly 30-40 minutes. Views are amazing from there. Bring binoculars.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Bugs were outrageous at some points (in late August)

Lots of open areas with great views! Climb was on the easy side of moderate, but still on good rocky terrain for most of the loop. Very easy to go the wrong way the first mile or two, so heads up.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in the area. Nice incline leads to wonderful views.

1 month ago

Besides the goregous waterfall, the trail was filled with mosquitos and spider webs. broken down trees blocking the paths. Nothing is regards to a view besides the waterfall.

Beautiful trail with great summit views. I wouldn’t call this a moderate hike but it definitely gets your heart rate up.

Great hike. Started at West Lane entrance. Went left at fork and took Blue/Red trail to Blue trail. Nice scenes. Great peak. Took Blue up to Blue/Yellow and cut back across East to starting point. AllTrails said we hiked 4.3 miles and burned 1431 calories. NICE. Definitely got a great workout. Would highly recommend. Can't wait to go back and do full loop.

A really awesome trail with great views. It would certainly be a 5 star review if the trails were marked better. Very easy to get lost. I have The AllTrails Pro and it bailed us out a couple of times.

Quite a picturesque hike with plenty of views, but difficult to follow the trail markers, and most of the maps along trail heads are missing.

I did this hike with a friend for the first time and really got an intense workout. Such beautiful views overlooking the reservoir. Some rocky and steep inclines and we ended up a bit lost until we used our handy dandy map offered with this app to guide us back. We hiked a good 3+ hours and felt invigorated.

Not great and you can hear the highway the whole time.

Very interesting hike for sure. The trail meanders along the border on the way to Frissell. Crossing the summit of Round Mountain in Connecticut. This peak has a cairn and nice views of the next mountain you climb. The trail is quite rocky, similar to the Skyline Trail at Blue Hills if you’ve done it. It gains elevation quickly, but not for a long. Frissell has no views, but a short spur will take you to a summit registry box. Following the red blazes will take you back to Connecticut and over to the high point. This has a view, a cairn and registry box with a log and a cardboard “Connecticut” sign. The trail to the high point could use some maintenance, it has become quite overgrown in some places. Beyond this a steep downhill will take you to the Tri-State Marker. We stopped here instead of continuing to Brace Mountain due to poor trail marking and confusing splits just beyond the marker.

for the casual hiker it's a bit harder but worth the workout.

What an awesome hike. My wife and I did Mt. Greylock the day before and while that was nice, this was so much more enjoyable. The elevation gain is rather small meaning this hike is pretty much moderate at best, with a few hard sections. I great beginner's "intermediate" hike, if that makes any sense.

While there are much bigger more impressive mountains in the Northeast, this has become one of my favorites, even out of the big ones like Whiteface, Mansfield, Washington, Franconia's Loop, and others. This has such nice views and such enjoyable hiking that it is impossible not to like it. We could have banged out the trek in under 3 hours but decided to take a while at the final summit to enjoy the Sunday morning views. Also, there is a really cool log book on the high point marker that you can sign in. Reading about highpointers from all across the U.S. was such a special and meaningful reward. So inspiring, even though I'm only on #4.

A few tips:
There are no trail head signs. On the right side of the road relative to how you drove in, you will find a little parking area with a tree with a red blaze on it. That's the trail. No trailhead logbook, no map, nothing. The trail is very well marked for the first several miles so have no worries about that.

The only tricky part (for us) is that after about 30 minutes in, you will go up a few rock face scrambles. After the last one, you will come to a T in the trail that has no signage. Stay right. You'll know you are on the right trail if you hit the summit of Round Mountain a few minutes later. It has a large cairn marking its peak.

Out of the 5.4 miles listed, almost a mile is walked back on the road which is obviously easy, and another 3/4 is an old double track road-> trail type deal, so the hike is relatively very very easy. Enjoy and happy trails!

I just went on this trail for the first time with my 14y/o son and it was really fun. There are several beautiful views once you reach the western ledge of Mt. Higby. There are some steep areas to navigate and other trails that u can use on the way back to get a different view. I highly recommend this hiking trail!

Beautiful area and really nice trail. If you walk off the path a bit you can find some great and safe cliff jumping areas, very beautiful views too!

Great trail, be ready for a workout, and don't skip the steep route up to the top. great view from Bluff Head. You can see the sound, and for miles looking north.

Pretty good views in the beginning. Very easy with the exception of the first half mile. not very secluded and you end up hiking between residential homes.

hiking
2 months ago

As a beginner at hiking I found some parts a little challenging then others. The trail was very beautiful with nice view of water. Only thing is I wish it was marked a little more clearly. Will be definitely be going back again. Also not far from black hog brewing co... if your into good craft beer.

This was my first Solo hike and first hike I have done in about 8 years, it was easy enough for me. The trail was clean and clearly marked. The markers were clear and easy to read as long as you knew what you were looking for (make sure to Google how trail markers work if you are new). The terrain was mostly easy, there were a few parts that you had to climb up or down some rocks but nothing strenuous. it is a bit rocky in some spots but I was fine in a pair of all terrain shoes.

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