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Activities: Hiking, Hunting, Mountain Biking

trail running
9 days ago

Nice hike. No place to park and the entrance on the side of the road.

The trail is very undulating but for the most part very relaxing. Lots of foliage keeps you out of direct sun light.

Very nice hike. Like a walk in an enchanted Forest. Just be careful. I went counter clockwise. If you go this way you come to the back of a trail sign mid way through the loop. At that point the markers were highly visible so I went straight only to notice a mile later I was off the loop. I doubled back and realized I should have gone left at the trail sign where the marker was less visible.

Nice easy walk in the woods.

Great trail!

4 months ago

I love this Mtn. I put hiking down. However there is far more to do... My SAR/ADA Dog

4 months ago

I love this Mtn. I put hiking down. However there is far more to do... My SAR/ADA Dog

nice little trail to stay conditioned

Great snowy hike today. We parked in the commuter lot, crossed the street and walked up a side street to find the trail head. It was easy to find and everything was very clearly marked. We will definitely go again.

good hike! moderate to difficult I would say.

If you like waterfalls, you will love this hike! Albeit small falls. This hike makes you want to come back for more exploring. Following the colored trails is easier with a map. There's a gun club nearby, but you only hear it on parts of the hike.

We walked this trail today and had a lovely time but here is what we needed to know. The first parking lot is about a half mile away from the trail head. This first section of unpaved road runs RIGHT alongside (within a few feet) an ACTIVE train track which made me nervous and we did see a train. Much better to drive down the rocky rutted path to the round parking lot at the actual trail head. The first part of the loop trail runs along the river with STEEP drops; it is really lovely but challenging at places. Unfortunately someone was shooting a gun in the distance for much of the time we were walking so not truly peaceful. Look out for the pink hanging ribbons which mark a few spots that are a little tricky but overall very well marked.

To make this trail a loop, there was a junction with another trail that was not clearly marked. We ended up going back but loved the trail otherwise. Will defiantly return to figure it out ( but with more supplies!)

You can take the Orange Trail starting at the rocky turn-around lot closer to Cold Spring (*not* the guard-railed gravel lot at the end of Spruce Brook, nearer the train tracks). The beginning of the trail is primarily tennis and golf ball sized round rocks, so use care not to turn an ankle. Fairly steep trail overall. Purple trail to the flag pole comes up on your left, and some kind person Sharpied an arrow on the Orange Trail marker to show you the way. Expansive view of the valley along Route 8, with snippets of the railroad tracks and river below.

Beautiful trail! Perfect for a short hike. Some more challenging parts but mostly smooth sailing!

Link above is a CT DEEP map. If you park on Cold Spring Road, the final few minutes is an unpaved, rutted road. An alternative would be to hike in from parking at Old Litchfield Tpke & Pines Bridge. Spruce Creek had minimal flow in Sept 2017. Blue trail is a bit narrow and precarious in spots. This would be an excellent hike after snow melt or a rainy week. The western park of the State Forest near the reservoirs are wide trails with minimal elevation changes. We saw frogs, fish,m and crayfish near the reservoirs. The purple trail overlook is the flag that you can see from Route 8.

This route uses parts of the State Forest trail system: blue, white, green, violet, yellow, and blue (again). They're not noted on AllTrails, so it would be good to get the trail maps from ct.gov/deep before heading out. Route had a bit too much "road" type trail for my taste.

My girlfriend and I went up the white trail. It was a great experience and we caught a bunch of awesome scenes!

Favorite trail for a beautiful view

I can't wait to explore more . Today was a great day of hiking .

Great hiking trail with good views at the top!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Great hike, multiple views, not to difficult.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good hike, Nice view, pretty stream. My dog loved it

Nice hike.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Love this trail not hard but has that A T vibe no real over looks but nice

Sunday, August 14, 2016

nice hike, not much in way of hills or scenic views but well marked. I would suggest parking at the Veterans Memorial Park about an 1/8 of a mile past where directions tell you to park. walk around the pond and pick up the trail there

I got lost a little bit, but this app helped a lot. go exploring and have fun. the landscape is magical in there.

Friday, August 05, 2016

very technical trail, if you're mountain biking

I got lost

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