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    Jolene Woodard completed Chauncey Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Bottom of Waterfalls

    over 2 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Talcott Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Farmington

    almost 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard saved Jessie Gerard Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail

    about 3 years ago

    AllTrails app had this rated as Easy, but online lists it as Moderate. I agree with the moderate rating. Hiked the loop today and found it challenging - lots of steep ascents and descents, loose rock, some steep, rocky climbs. The loop is made up, partially, of a section from the Metacomet (blue-blazed) trail, and this really has the most challenging parts. For a small mountain (761' elev), you get beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Spotted a white-tailed deer along the trail today, too.

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Purgatory Chasm Trail

    about 3 years ago

    There are a few trails circling through the park, all easy and accessible. The chasm itself is short, but challenging, and involves quite a bit of climbing or scrambling over and between boulders. Do not go on a summer weekend, though. Crazy amount of people picnicking and walking through the woods. Made for a very loud and crowded hike.

    Jolene Woodard completed Purgatory Chasm Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Crescent Lake Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Campbell Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Short and easy hike, great for folks with kids.

    Jolene Woodard completed Campbell Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Mile of Ledges and Tory Den Trail

    about 3 years ago

    This is a fun and tough trail. I started on Greer rd at the trailhead and hiked in to the Tory Dens. Just a bit past the dens, you come to an intersection with the Tunxis Trail (blue blaze). It is easy to get off track, as there are a few places where "community trails" confuse your way, and a couple of trees bearing trail markers (blue blaze with a yellow dot in the middle) have come down. A couple of times I had to look around and think "what is the coolest thing I can climb on top of around here?" to find the trail - basically, the trail blazer had a fun, adventurous sense of humor. Great trail!

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Lion's Head

    about 3 years ago

    The hike to Lion's Head is quick and steep. The Lion's Head overlook itself is a small-ish rock overlook that offers a great view of the surrounding valley. Park at the hiker's parking lot on Bunker Hill Rd in Salisbury and take the access trail from the corner of the lot. I wouldn't suggest walking up to the end of the road, as other sites suggest, since the landowner has posted a sign asking hikers to please use the trail from the lot. If you're feeling adventurous and have a couple more hours to spare, continue along the AT from Lion's Head to the Bear Mtn. summit and bag that peak while you're at it. Took me about four and a half hours round-trip.

    Jolene Woodard completed Bear Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Lion's Head Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Tory Den Loop (Mile of Ledges)

    about 3 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Pachaug Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Hartman Recreational Park

    over 4 years ago

    This place is a gem! One of my current favorites. There are actually quite a few marked trails running through the park. The two longest, the orange-blazed Heritage Trail and the red-blazed Nubble and Ridges Trail are each 2.5 to 3 miles long, and run from moderate to difficult. These are extremely well-marked and thoughtfully planned trails. Man-made wooden bridges alternate with natural rock over streams. All of the trails are well-maintained. It is rocky and hilly terrain, with beautiful stone walls throughout, miles of mountain laurel and doesn't seem to get crowded, even on a beautiful day.

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Millington Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Seems that it is actually the Vista trail that most reviewers mean when they mention the trail being poorly marked. Indeed, the orange-blazed Vista is feast or famine in terms of markings, and it is fairly easy to lose the trail. However, when you can remain on the trail, it is quite enjoyable. The "vista" is beautiful, you get to see the regeneration of a forest in progress after a fire (currently about a year ago) and the terrain is not terribly difficult (moderate in places, very easy in others).
    The actual Millington trail (red-blazed) begins across Hopyard Rd from the pavillion parking area (you'll see a red blaze and small post alerting you to its presence). Millington is actually quite well-marked, and follows typical trail marking rules (e.g. double blaze indicating a turn in the trail) unlike the schitzophrenic Vista. Millington is an easy hike, although a bit wet and mucky this time of year. Once you cross back over Hopyard Rd, and begin your descent to the parking area, there is strangely quite a bit of large debris to be seen. Large construction-type debris off a distance from the trail which reminds you you are not far from civilization. Overall, both trails are pleasant and worth a day's hiking.

    Jolene Woodard completed Windsor Locks Canal Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Wadsworth Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Jolene Woodard checked in to Case Mountain

    about 5 years ago

    Jolene Woodard checked in to Peak Mountain

    about 5 years ago

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Gay City State Park

    about 5 years ago

    Stuck to the red blaze trail mostly. This is a nice, little area with an easy hike. Trails are very well-marked, and there are trail maps placed periodically throughout the park. A couple of areas were actually blocked by water, but the detours were quite navigable. I was taken a bit by surprise by a truck pulling out onto the trail ahead of me as I neared the end (along with a large group of men and boys) - hadn't realized there was a youth camping area tucked in here! The entrance to the park also has a nice, open area with a few picnic tables and grills. Very few people on the trails, which was nice!

    Jolene Woodard reviewed Case Mountain

    about 5 years ago

    Parked at the Spring St lot and started up the (quite steep) paved entrance to the white-blazed Carriage Path. Reached what I thought was a nice vantage point over-looking Hartford in about 15 minutes. Thank goodness I thought to take a picture as I caught my breath, because as I continued on, downhill now, I soon realized that the overlook WAS the summit! Carriage Path is well-maintained and clearly marked - a little too "obviously maintained" for my liking in a lot of parts (crushed stone and gravel along the trail, rows of large stones or logs set into the trail to slow erosion...). BUT, just when I was ready to give up on it, Case Mountain threw a little spice into my hike. At Upper Case Pond (a grammarian's dream name for a body of water), a side path takes you past a small stone wall where casual fishermen hang out, and around a loop which encompasses two abandoned bungalows. Back on Carriage Path, the trail takes a steep incline, and I wondered if I were not just retracing my step back to the summit. This is a much more fun part of the trail - thin and winding, requiring a bit more technical footwork. At times I wondered if I was actually still on a trail, only to glance up and find another white blaze. This back side of the loop comes out about half-way up the original ascent from the parking lot. This is strenuous in places, due to the steepness of inclines, but the view is amazing!

    Jolene Woodard checked in to Case Mountain

    about 5 years ago

    Jolene Woodard completed Case Mountain Trail

    about 5 years ago