An out-and-back hike involving 2 nice loops, one in Whitaker Woods, the other in Shenipsit State Forest including Soapstone Mt summit. Half of each loop is hiked in the outbound direction, the other half in the return direction. Whitaker Woods trail head & parking on Wells Rd in Somers, CT.

Nice moderate loop hike, nothing too exciting. Most of the loop is unblazed. A portion of the Loop Trail follows a discontinued section of The Shenipsit Trail which is part of the Connecticut Forest and Park blue trail system which passed over Bald Mountain and continued north over the Pinnacle. Trail head located at the intersection of Upper Scully Rd and Bald Mountain Drive. Park at the side of the road or at the gate where the old road enters the forest.