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Loved this loop! Trail is very clearly marked.
Beautiful- Still snow on the ground, but packed down from hikers so slippery on climbing sections.
About .5 mile is on a neighborhood road before you head back into the woods.
Lots of streams for dogs to drink.

Very cool trail with some nice views along the way. Parking is limited if you park on Route 6. Definitely want to go again

beautiful view

Difficult for us. A lot of unexpected climbing up the stone ledges. Like hiking on corduroy.

Didn’t do the whole loop, just doing sections of Tunxis.

A lot of tree roots
but we love it

I got to a little over a mile over steep rock formation then lost the trail. Going to go back there was 3 plus inches of snow it was beautiful.

Not what I expected. Very fun!

Great hike with the wife, son and dog. It was January so the trail had some pretty icy spots. Five star family hike any other season.

Nice hike

4 months ago

Very rocky, a bit confusing, and the end of the trail comes out to an extremely busy and windy main road, in which you have to walk back about a mile to the main entrance. This was a one and done.

4 months ago

Nice short hike, trails were a little flooded. I took the wrong one at first, so make sure to stay right on your way up. The top has views in all directions and cool rocks and trees :) recommended

With rain, I went for a shorter hike with my two pups. I was not disappointed! Despite the trail being a bit flooded and trees down, I really enjoyed the loop. Has a beautiful view at the top and a nice little traverse through the woods. I will absolutely be back again. Did it in a walking boot, but I’m looking forward to coming back.

A few wide vistas where you can see the fall foliage. Moderate hike with a couple loop systems at the northern side before new england trail hits asphalt again on 169 I believe. otherwise straight in straight out like most of the blue trail sections. Hike stays close to the side of the mountain. Not crowded and there is a tent site you camp at...read the NET regulations and don't be a litter bug...one of few places you can legally camp on NET. Don't ruin it for everyone else in the state!

Nice trail, with nice lake view at the top.

the hike is ok. We started on the suggested intersection of 20 and Newgate road. The trail is easy to follow. We hike 3 miles ,before turning around. Took us around 2h with 20minute stop trying to take a picture of a calliope. LOL
It has a area for street parking; and if that is full you can still park by the shoulders.
Trail is light traffic and well maintained.
No much to see; most view are partly obstructed,and you never feel much in nature with airport noise in the background, as well as the road right there. Most views are of houses below. The Peak is ok, with some far point views. Is a good "in my backyard" hike, but nothing to drive to (we drove from new haven)

Great place for mudding

Fun trail. Not well marked in areas but overall worth it.

5 months ago

I love everything about Northwest Park. Go on the trail that leads you to Rainbow Reservoir and just sit on the the bench and enjoy or go swimming and play with the natural clay in the soil!!

A fun trail. Rock climbing is slippery in the winter.

5 months ago

Beautiful, well marked trails. The main paths are wide and flat (unpaved). The parking lot was pretty full when I arrived, but there are soccer fields and and a big barn with an event going on- not a soul in the woods.

5 months ago

As the others said, this hike definitely depends on which trail you take. We intended on taking the blue trail to bring us to the top to see the views, however, we just ended up going in one big loop. PS there was a ton of nats!

Enjoyable. Not for those who are not big on hiking. Requires some good stamina.

6 months ago

I took the white/yellow trails to do the loop as depicted. Its a moderate switch backing climb if you start to the left as others have said. Then it switchbacks down to a wooden staircase that leads to a wooden bridge over the Shepaug river. The return walk along the river is flat and offers nice views of the water. I ran out of time and will return to climb to the Pinnacle.

challenging for our younger kids but enjoyable for them as well. great family outing!

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!

6 months ago

A sunset hike with excursion off the Blue Blaze up to the high-tension power lines. Sighted a bobcat at the power lines. Trail conditions are not great at the moment. Many downed trees and debris made some sections difficult to traverse. Great hike overall though!

6 months ago

Great morning run

Gorgeous views, great for kids, have never encountered more than two other groups on the trail at a time. Some rock scrambling worth noting.

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