Unreal sunset spot

The falls cutoff was pretty difficult, but worth it... close to a 90% incline in some stretches... but it’s short, so don’t let it intimidate you too much

Great views, great family hike, we had kids ages 6-12. Trails easy to follow.

If that hike is moderate I don't know what is considered difficult. This is a nice hike with difficult areas and rewarding sights towards the peak. Recommend.

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5 months ago

it wasn't so hard, and a lot of fun. the view was nice! definitely would do it again

This trail was listed as a 7 mile trail. However after my girlfriend and I finished the loop, it was a total of 9.4 miles. Beautiful hike from the beginning to the end. Breathtaking views from the south and north peaks. Along the trail we came upon the Cut Off Falls Trail. The falls were beautiful and only detoured us for about 100 feet. We came across two boulders on the path. In another review on this app, I read the boulders were nicknamed “ Gods Dice “. We were exhausted after the hike but as always it was worth it!

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7 months ago

I loved this trail. I took the left fork, Fall Cutoff trail on the way up. It was rocky and somewhat steep, but I enjoyed the workout. Views at the top are well worth it. I took the Jesse Girard/Lighthouse trail down, which was easier in terms of a more gradual descent. I hike every weekend, and this might be my favorite in CT so far.

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8 months ago

Quick hike to a decent view.

Sweet, steep, great views but not very long!!

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9 months ago

First 800 feet is all vertical over natural and man-made Stone steps. The rest of the way along the trail is easy with multiple viewpoints including a chance to sign in the logbook. Took the Quarry Road to lighthouse trail. Halfway down the Quarry Road I startled a beer which was 50 feet to the right of me. Connected to the lighthouse trail back to the starting point.

A good bit of time is spent on a paved road, but it's otherwise a very nice trail with some open views. We saw two bear cubs from a safe distance!

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11 months ago

Great little trail that can be completed in a couple of hours on a nice day. The initial part from the River Road trailhead is great to get the heart pumping. Takes about 30 mins to get to the 1st overlook and then it's an easy walk the rest of the way. Start from the other end if you want a gentler hike.

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11 months ago

Very nice views

Great trail- cool views at the top. saw coyotes and a porcupine when I went a few days ago!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Incredibly well marked, and easy to follow. There were a couple steep parts, but the views from both outlooks were 100% worth it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This is quite the climb!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I hiled thus loop with AMC this week and really enjoyed it. The soft pine needle covered trails were much nicer than anything I could find near my home town of Southington. Check out my video recap on my LightWalker Channel.

love this park ! A beautiful forests and great trails.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Great views from the blue blazed Robert Ross and blue/yellow blazed Jesse Gerard trails.

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Nice deep wood trails.

Monday, October 17, 2016

place is amazing so many trails that intertwine so many ways to change your hike and some vefy challing my favirite is elliot bronson trail not even mentioned on all trails but make sure to follow a map if your new it can get confusing

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

As most reviewers put, the initial climb was a good cardio workout. The trail is rated moderate and most of the trail are just that. But I would make the steep beginning a strenuously moderate. I would rate this trail as dog friendly. My Golden Retriever was able to climb even the steep part at the East River Road entrance with little help. (No scrambling involved) The scenic overlooks are all they are professed to be. I am looking forward to returning in a month just to enjoy the fall colors. We hiked the Jessie Gerard trail and then lengthened our hike by taking the Charles Pack trail and returning to the trail head on the Robert Ross Trail and Falls Cutoff Trail. This made for an enjoyable and challenging 7.2 mile trek . The trails are marked well in some places and completely confusing in others. With the help of the American Legion & People's State Forest Map, and gps from AllTrails, we were able to stay on track for most of the way. Good hiking boots are recommended for this hike.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful, quiet climb with a phenomenal view! Pleasantly suprised by the waterfall.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The initial climb was challenging but the views were worth it. Lots of boulders to climb and it looked like there were several other trails to follow so we will return to explore this area more.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

went here for the first time and man!!! what a delightful hike!! beautiful views from the top of the lighthouse trail and it definitely starts off a little moderate up a waterfall and from there it's smooth sailing... we did a 5.5 mile loop which was a combination of a few different trails but this is by far one of my favorite trails in Ct! Highly recommend!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

I thought this was a great CT hike. You can choose to make it as lengthy as you want, good incline at times to get your heart rate up, not extremely difficult but a good day outside, and some good views along the trail where there are some clearings. I don't think there is a true "summit."
Parked in the Ullmann Grove Area, took the blue Robert Ross Trail all the way up to the blue-yellow Jessie Gerard Trail. This trail has some great lookouts. Stayed on the blue-yellow trail to take the Charles Pack Trail back to the car. These are the only spots where it might get a little confusing just because it crosses with the snowmobile road so you have to get on the road for a little to meet up with the hiking trail, but everything is well marked.
Meant to take the blue-orange trail back to the car but didn't check the map at the intersection and thought it was a blue-red trail. Ended up walking on King Road and taking the blue Robert Ross Trail back to the car. Total 6.3miles in about three hours, enough to enjoy being outside and build up an appetite.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nice hike, incline at times, can be a little confusing to follow markers. Didn't make it to a real summit bc we got tired and couldn't seem to find a good sightseeing spot so that was a bummer. I would try it again!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

I'd like to point out that this is not a point to point hike. There are many loop options. Some are good for all ages, some should only be done by adults in decent shape. For my hike I chose a 7 mile loop which included 4 different trails. Each trail here is named after one of the founders. Very cute.

My hike started at the stone museum and followed the blue Ross trail across the side of the mountain. Good exercise. Would not recommend for children. The Charles trail (blue yellow) goes down the side to and meets up with a Falls junction trail, that goes almost straight back up the mountain side. This trail is not for the feint of heart! I am an avid hiker but this one kicked my butt! It boasts of 299 stone steps. They are not man made steps and more a cluster of rocks down the side of the mountain. That said, it was beautiful and an excellent challenge. I took this trail to see the falls for which the trail is named, but sadly in mid-August the falls were nothing but a trickle and it was a bit of a disappointment. My loop lead me back to the blue/yellow which brought me to the top of the mountain and some really amazing views. Blue/yellow brought me back down the other side of the mountain. I met up with the Agnes trail. Agnes is listed as blue/orange, but the blazes looked blue/red to me. I followed blue/ red through the low land/ valley back to my car at the stone house. There is a nice spot to relax on the grass and have a little picnic at the stone house before you drive away.

I really liked this hike and would recommend it. I didn't see more than a dozen groups of people, but if your looking to avoid children, I suggest going when school is in, as I saw two small youth groups. This loop can also be combined with other trails to make it longer, or you can shorten it. There are so many trails here, the options are limitless. Bring a map! Your going to need it!

Friday, July 10, 2015

A great hike! We started off on the Falls Cut-off trail, which is a nice steep climb up a mostly rock path that meets up with the Jessie Gerard. Along the JG there are two expansive and pretty epic overlooks that I highly recommend. The whole experience was a beautiful and lovely challenge that made us work up a bit of a sweat!

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