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Great trails with a great view awesome Sunday afternoon for the whole family.

Hiked this trail yesterday for a late winter hike. Snow still on the ground but blue skies overhead. Started on the trailhead at cream pot rd and hiked up past pyramid rock on the mica ledges trail. Connected with the blue blazed Mattabesset and circled back. Extremely well marked. Looks like they’ve updated their markings. Some very nice views along the hike. Quiet and peaceful.

it's a good trail and close to my house. the trail is easily navigated and well marked

24 days ago

greet hike red/blue trails are very well marked, the blue trail isn't marked as well but still easy enough to follow. I was pleasantly surprised how clean the peaks were we saw very little trash up there. We took a couple long breaks to enjoy the views and finished the loop in less than 4 hours.

Loved it. Wetlands so probably best to go in the fall or early spring when bugs aren’t an issue, but nice easy going and beautiful views.

great for the winter a valley turned completely into ice

Great for walking with dogs. Not very crowded and plenty of trails for exploring.

1 month ago

Short nd sweet. Slightly steep. The view up top is nice, but it won’t quite make you weep.

I hiked here today and it was great! It had snowed last night, so the trail was coated, but it was only moderately slippery in a few spots. The views on this trail are incredible - there are a bunch of overlooks! Definitely recommend this hike.

3 months ago

Nice loop. We did it counterclockwise. There are many bridges as we followed a stream. The trail was wet with some muddy sections. The are many rocks and roots. Good footwear is advised.

Great hike, beautiful vistas, decent level of solitude. The southeast portion of the trail is well demarcated but he northwest and northeast portions need some work. The blue-yellow trail which dissects the loop in the middle is well marked but tons of trees are blocking the path but it is easy to get around. The elevation changes are somehow challenging. This is definitely not for beginners except the first portion on the east side of the mountain. Plan for about 3-4 hrs if you are walking the entire loop.

I wouldn't recommend this route for beginners or little kids. Lots of steep uphills and partial rock climbing at some points. Beautiful views, but don't lose track of time esp in the Fall, you don't want to be caught out there when the sun goes down. Not many people on the trail, so you will sometimes feel very alone with nature. if that is what you want great! don't expect a quick 1 hour hike, this is a commitment, at least 2 hours. Also, you will feel it the next day if you are not in hiking shape yourself. Have fun out there and be safe!

Nice hike if you like mountain climbing. Very rugged and a lot of inclines. If you need a workout and a challenge it will definitely give you that. The only negative thing I️ have to say is that they really need to redo the markers on the trees. It was difficult finding them so we found ourself lost a lot and confused on which way to go. Spectacular views at the top.

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4 months ago

Just walked to the trails leading to the tower when there was access to it back in 2006 & 2012. Nothing really exciting to see. It's pretty much a place to make out w your significant other. The trails are not difficult at all. Easy enough for a 3 y/o to walk through it.

4 months ago

Loved it!

Enjoyed the trail a lot, but would definitely recommend using this to make sure you’re on the right path, just following the blazes will lead you in the wrong direction at a few points.

Great place for hike. Beautiful views and great for dogs. Our dog loved it.

Poorly marked routes. Rough in some areas but nice vistas.

Beautiful park! I ended up taking blue to white/blue (the white/blue trail was VERY rocky on the way back). Easy to moderate hike with well marked/maintained trails and lots of signage and maps to help you along the way. There were a multitude of ferns, asters and giant old trees. I did this in the fall and the foliage was gorgeous. I'd love to come back in the winter and explore it again with snowshoes.

5 months ago

My dogs love this place- lots of areas where they can hop into streams! Really pretty, clean, family friendly. We have done the trail looping around the pond which is fairly easy (I have two dogs on leashes) and also gone across the street following the blue blazed trail which is more on the moderate side.
Following the blue blazed trail into the park you will meet up with the Vernon rails to trails part of the hop river trail. If you are on the rails to trails, there is a place to lock up your bike and go down to valley falls or hike up further on the blue blazed trail.
The pond is pretty clean here as well, lots of parking. Overall great spot.

The first part entering off of Birch Mtn Rd in Glastonbury was very clear, very well marked (it’s the Shenipsit Tr). Ended up on Case Mtn in Manchester. The returning part of the loop was awful. Got lost multiple times (no marked trails), had to use my phone for the majority of the return trip to ensure I was staying on the “path”. Good thing for a fully charged phone battery. If I do it again, I’ll just stick to the Shenipsit.

The first mile and a half is basically a road. The summit is a No Trespassing zone with a bunch of electrical stuff on top...and there's only a small view halfway up the road. The road/trail eventually turns into a real trail and loops around the mountain. My dog loved it and it was short and easy for her. I won't be back though.

Hiked this trail with my husband yesterday and found the trail well marked. It is not easy and the moderate rating is appropriate. We took a wrong turn at the end of the blue/red trail because the blue blaze for the blue trail was hidden - that is my only complaint- we ended up following a blue arrow down a cliff which we then had to climb back up to redirect ourselves in the right direction. We will go back and finish the loop next time.

Nice easy hike! It follows along a stream and some little waterfalls. I ended up taking blue to blue/yellow to red. There's also a lake, picnic areas and a small beach. :) My dog absolutely loved it too!

Found the trailhead off of West Lane in a residential section. Trailhead had a picture of the preserve. Recommend taking a picture of it since the trail junction are not well marked. Top of the cliff has some decent views of the pond below.

The trails here are poorly marked and difficult to follow. If you're good at navigation however, or just up for an adventure, this hike provides a variation of terrains and difficulties along undisturbed deep woods.

Loved this trail! Very tough, almost 2.5 miles straight up with some road mixed in. Trail is well marked and beautiful, with some nice wildflower areas. I would like to add this is an out and back trail, not a loop. Will be back for sure!

I found it a bit harder than the moderate ranking. Terrain is very rocky and there's a lot of steep inclines & declines (felt like an elliptical machine setting!!)

You start off with 3 options left (blue/red), straight (blue) and right (blue)

The left trail (blue/red) will take to to the water views and once complete you hit a trailhead that you can head right and continue the loop.

About another 1.5 miles you'll hit another trailhead where you can continue with the blue (longest loop) or blue/yellow (which cuts across and probably saves about 2 miles back)

Fun and challenging....will definitely be doing this trail several more times this fall to prep for ski season!!

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