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    peas67 Kent reviewed Ninham Mountain MUA Trail

    23 days ago

    Gets a lot of traffic. Sexist graffiti on boulders. HUNTERS. Bicycles. Clearly some group fancies themselves witches and has fire pit encircled with chairs built out of rocks with one adorned for the leader replete with a stick canopy. There has been racist graffiti here in the past, but that is typically removed with a day or two, not so the sexist garbage. I would not bring kids for this reason.
    It is a shame. The trail to the fire tower is a very short walk up and a very short walk down. For those days when the terrain is too slippery or the gunfire is too prolific, or the men are yelling too loudly, the fire road is a quick option. This used to be a nice, quiet place. WEAR HUNTER ORANGE. PUT HUNTER ORANGE ON YOUR DOG. Lots of dogs.
    Whole up and back, even on the longer trails, is under an hour and not that challenging, but can be slippery.
    ARSENIC is in the soil here. Wash your dogs’ feet, clean your boots before getting in your car. Don’t use unmarked or closed trails for this reason. Minimal testing has been done and is underway. The trails that are closed have been deemed unsafe. There is a tiny sign at the trail head.
    Crazy with biting flies.

    peas67 Kent reviewed Hemlock Hills & Pine Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Clearly the residents are not pleased with the overuse by mountain bikes of these trails. Lots of trails. Not hard, but on the creepy side (lone people sitting in cars on dead-end roads gives me pause. It’s pretty, but clearly bikers rule as the trails are quite weathered and narrow. Markers are crazy town. This map isn’t quite right, but keep in general directions. The ground is very worn. Some trash. Lots of broken glass at the trail head. Didn’t hear much wildlife, but lots of planes and machinery. Barking dogs - must not be fun having strangers pass by relentlessly.

    peas67 Kent reviewed Bull Hill via Blue, Nelsonville, Washburn, Undercliff and Red Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    Took my dog on a Friday morning, thinking it is 4.9 Miles. Our hike was closer to six miles with quite a bit of elevation change. We started seeing people on our descent - several pairs and a few individuals, a lot for a work day. Trails are mostly clear and wide, but markers are not always clear and are unusually high. A map with all of the trail colors would be beneficial to have on hand, as there are many trails that lead to other parking areas or loop around or end. Beautiful views from several points at the top. Be sure to check out the side trails. Heard lots of birds, including pileated woodpecker and turkey.

    peas67 Kent saved Pine Hill Road Loop

    4 months ago

    peas67 Kent reviewed Great Hollow Nature Preserve Main Trail Loop

    4 months ago

    The NY section is outstanding. In August no readily accessible crossing of water to complete the loop outlined here - had to back track. Wear waterproof hiking boots and tick repellant. Mosquitoes will be an issue for some. CT portion is lovely, but overgrown with grass and weeds - be prepared for scratches and wet clothes. Inconsistently maintained mud crossings that are often in a weird place. Lots of downed trees, but trails are passable. Trail markings are very Connecticut- too few in some spots, but pretty.
    Lots of furniture and unusable human structures (cabin-like almost lean-tos that can fit only a small child). Bird boxes, bat boxes along trail. Not a lot of bird calls or small wildlife in evidence, though. Not a wide variety of flowering plants (grass instead). It’s beautiful. Perhaps if more people kick a buck in the donation box at the trail head some trail maintenance can be performed. For instance managing the tulip poplar saplings that will surely choke each other out and create problems for those that survive; re-align and repair the mud crossing; clean-up the liquor bottles on the CT portion; update the trail map. It’s rated as moderate, but it’s more on the easy end of the spectrum. Children can handle it, if they can walk a fair distance, have appropriate footwear and an adult moves the prickers out of the way. If the child is not comfortable outdoors, this walk/hike might not be fun during portions. There are picnic tables randomly placed along the trail.
    Dog loved it.
    People were arriving as we were leaving on a weekend morning. I bet it gets crowded. Crushed phone battery. Crushed. Bring a portable power supply or turn off. Crushed. A full battery. Having to back track makes the hike little longer.
    Pleasant walk. Enjoy.

    peas67 Kent saved White Pond Trail

    about 1 year ago

    peas67 Kent saved Ninham Mountain MUA Trail

    about 1 year ago

    peas67 Kent saved Teal Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    peas67 Kent reviewed Ninham Mountain MUA Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wear hunter orange. Have your dog wear hunter orange. Keep your dog leashed. Multiple use area. Some folks get pretty loud. Many do not carry out trash. Broken glass and fire pits. Sexist, racist graffiti pops up from time to time. Lots of mountain bikers. The road is a very quick up and back. The trails are mostly well marked and less used. The accessibility trails and camping areas are gone, so while these trails are easy, though sometimes slippery, they are strictly for those with easy mobility.

    peas67 Kent reviewed Ninham Mountain MUA Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This trail gets very crowded at times and people do not always carry out their trash. Dog friendly, but be aware of broken glass at base of fire tower region and at the several fire pits where people drink at night.
    WEAR HUNTER ORANGE - this is a multiple use area that is used by hunters using guns. Use hunter orange on your dogs and keep them on leash. Zero views if you don't climb the tower. The "river" is shallow and barely flowing during drought. Lots of ticks. Horse flies during season.
    Bikers. Some are polite; others not so much.
    It's an easy hike unless it's humid or slippery. If you only take the road and not the trails it's very quick.

    peas67 Kent completed Ninham Mountain MUA Trail

    over 1 year ago