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.

hiking
2 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!

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Quick hike to a decent view.

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

hiking
5 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!

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice views

One of the best trails in CT in my opinion. I start at the large parking lot by the river and shoot up through the woods to the nature center. Then it's up ~2.5 miles on the blue trail with steady ascents and descents until the Falls Cutoff trail. Once you pass this it gets steeper and rockier as you approach the first viewpoint. It's easy to forget you're in CT with the sweeping view of rolling hills. Continue onward to another good lookout and through two huge boulders which a hiker I met on the trail called God's Dice. After the lookouts it's mostly gradual downhill or level trail. Be sure to bring a map and sync with the All Trails map if possible, as it can be difficult to continue the right way at the junction with blue/orange (I think) near a bridge in the last third of the hike.

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

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

This is quite the climb!

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.

hiking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

hiking
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

hiking
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.

Load More