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Great hike. A lot of scrambling and very steep climbing in first leg. Whole thing took 2:20. Great views. Would not try if snow and ice on ground. First third is very well marked. Last two thirds are basically flat. Overall great hike.

Nice trail for running. Really enjoyed it.

Beautiful and serene. Nice views, well marked trail. A favorite local hike.

This is a great moderate hike. The first mile of the 5 is by far the most difficult where you gain most of the 1,000 feet of elevation for the 5.5 mile hike. It was a very foggy morning so the views weren’t great at first. However, I got the high point in Connecticut like I wanted and once we gained the ridge just to the west of the high point the valley below was bathed in sunlight and so that was a great sight. All-in-all it was a delightful hike.

Trail seems to be closed for the time being. Multiple signs at the beginning with down trees across the trail. It sounds like a great hike- just not do-able at this time

Nice, easy walk. The trail was well maintained and the markings were clear. There were some nice vistas that showed off the fall foliage which was beautiful

Great hike when you get to the peak. I little confusing where it loops back down. follow the white trial.

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!!

hiking
1 month ago

Okay hike. No highs or lows. A good portion of path is wider than most as it runs down an old dirt road.

hiking
1 month ago

This should be marked as easy verse moderate. Hemlock trail is more for hiking. Pond trail is more for sightseeing. All others are mostly flat for walking bicycling or running.
Very easy to get lost if you don't have a map or this app. Definitely a place I will return to!

As mentioned, trailhead is not really marked but it is on Mt. Washington Rd. at the border with CT, you can't miss it if you stop there. If you're looking for a trailhead board, there is none. There is room to park several cars at the start and a couple more across from it or just down 50 feet is another area you can use. Rain storms within the last week made the start a bit tricky, as the trail is a run off from the mountain and was flowing a bit at times. Just off the side along it in points, it seems that others made an indentation in the brush so figured why not, walk through it. Saved my feet from getting too wet. Trail goes out a bit flat then a bit of a hill climb to Round Mt. summit. It's not that long a strenuous area but enough to give you a little workout and some nice views. Continuing, you can see Frissell just beyond so head down then up some more boulder climbing, once again, not all that long and not crazy strenuous. Got to the summit of Frissel and kept walking then stopped and thought, am I missing something? Headed back up and then went up the spur to the summit marking on the tree and the register that a private individual maintains a couple times a year. Downward to the highest point in CT. Found that register easily and the views were nice. Continued westward and found the Tri State marker. Did my best to be in all 3 states at once, lol. Continued and found the Ashley Hill Trail. Yes, this goes up to Alander but not towards the summit as I had been to Alander a couple months back. If you're looking to summit Alander from this area, go west a bit more, you'll see the South Taconic trail, go right and head north. You'll get closer to Alander Mt. summit this way. It's like a little over 3 miles I believe from this point. I decided to go to Brace Mountain which if you look at the two signs indicating where to go, one is correct at .4 miles, the other says it's like a mile more and not sure who created that sign but somebody should fix it. It's a short jaunt, easy summit and you might catch some hang gliders which I did. Headed back down and took a right following the AllTrails app map. Yes, it's a fairly straightforward downhill march but hindsight being 20/20, I should have gone back the way I came. It's not all that exciting and it's really rocky and slippery if wet like today was. Not that it's hard but it wears on your feet. You then get to the bottom where it's still wet and just an access trail or something and still a bit ways away from the road. Looks like I traveled way more than necessary and didn't really get anything more than miles and exercise (which isn't bad just boring). I probably could have tried going up Bear Mountain if I had just gone straight back. Even though going back you had to go up and down the summits again, they aren't really crazy in height. Live and learn

hiking
1 month ago

Technically not an “easy” level trail. We’re beginners and this trail was more of a moderate level due to needing to use our hands to pull ourselves up the trail at some points. Still had fun, I’d go back now that I know what to expect (and bring bug spray).

Moderate to difficult climb to two nice lookouts. About 20 minutes the hard way (left, red and blue trail) or 45 via the switchback which takes you past the Indian settlement. Well worth it! There’s a pretty waterfall nobody talks about much, probably because it’s just a trickle most of the time. But today it was sunny and beautiful and we’d just had 5 inches of rain so it was spectacular.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very interesting hike with forest and open fields. Really not difficult and should be rated easy. There are many trails, not all well marked, but well maintained. Probably would have gotten lost without this app. Definitely would go back and try some other trails too.

1 month ago

there are better trails around the reservoirs than this mostly gravel loop trail. explore the side trails.

walking
1 month ago

Great trail for kids and dogs (just be aware that, unfortunately, not everyone leashes their dogs - blame it on the humans, not the canines). A bit of an incline, but mostly flat. Bring bug spray, look out for beautiful fungi, and take a break at the overlook. An hour well spent.

awesome,loved both views, definitely worth it

hiking
2 months ago

tough start but well Worth it.

favorite trail in northern CT

hiking
2 months ago

There is just the right amount of incline to get your heart pumping, followed by a gentle walk to the peak (newly redone - great visibility to town now), and then by the old stone house foundations which are fun to poke around and climb. Everything is well marked. Impossible to get lost on this trail. My dog is a huge fan. Best time to come is toward the end of summer, right after a few days of rain or damp weather ... the mushroom blooms are insane. Always present are the bright orange salamanders.

Interesting terrain - large rock formations, an old cemetery, old stone walls, old foundations and boardwalk into the marshland. A couple of steep climbs.

Nice short easy hike, mostly a logging road. More people then I expected

Not much to write about on this one

Rand's View is just incredible, there's nothing in CT like it. Instead of parking where the directions for this takes you, I recommend driving up further until you find a parking lot on the right which is near the dam. It's a 1.8 mile hike from there to the summit of Mt. Prospect. The beginning and end parts of the hike are easy, the middle gets steep. Thankfully it peters out and the last quarter mile or so is pretty flat. The view at the summit is good, though a bit limited with the trees on the side. The hike down to Rand's View was very easy, only about another 15 minutes. I didn't go any further onto Raccoon Hill, so the total hike for me was about 6 miles with roughly 1000 feet of elevation gain. Total hike time for me was 2 hours 47 minutes. It was cloudy when I went but still had a fantastic view. Best in CT!

good hike with two kids, 5&9

Fun trail, one of the roads less traveled. From Pinnacle rock you can see out over Hartford, Lake Compounds, Bristol, and other nearby towns. Great views!

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!

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