Case Mountain Trail

MODERATE 154 reviews

Case Mountain Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manchester, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
803 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Case Mountain provides several trails for hiking and mountain biking. At the summit, is a fantastic view of the Hartford skyline and the whole CT river valley-particularly awesome at sunset. The ascent is relatively strenuous, and in the Spring and Summer months, mosquitos are plentiful.

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend parking at the Spring St lot. My major gripe with this place is between the parking lot and the summit of Lookout Mountain (the view) the park is very popular and therefore littered with broken glass and lots of foot traffic. I suggest veering right off of the white trail toward the pink trail for a bit more of a challenging and secluded route. After reaching the summit of Lookout Mountain venture beyond the viewpoint onto the yellow trail (which starts in the treeline 180° from the view on Lookout Mountain) toward the summit of Case Mountain. Eventually you will turn left onto the Yellow/Blue trail if you wish to head to the summit of Case. This leads you to a more remote and quiet area of the park, with interesting rock ledge formations, ascents, decents, traversing near large boulders and overhanging rocks, and squeezing through narrow walls created by tall boulders on either side of the trail. This is probably my favorite trail of all in the park. Overall difficulty is easy, there are no scrambles, no very steep grades, the only risky dropoff comes shortly after joining the yellow trail, as it intersects and follows a 30-40 ft high cliff face and eventually descends down a more gradual part as the ledge meets the hillside. There are some rocky areas and clearly some gradual elevation gain, but it never manages to phase me much (205 lbs 6'0").

Would recommend exploring all of the trails offered here, it may not be difficult or the best views, but it is a beautiful and interesting landscape.

hiking
2 months ago

Started from the Spring St. lot and went straight up to the top via the white and pink trails. Gorgeous view from the summit...lucky to get a cool, cloudless day my first time out! Continued down the pink trail and onto yellow-red for a while before doubling back. Really beautiful hike, looking forward to making this a regular spot :)

3 months ago

Favorite local trail all year round

hiking
4 months ago

easy trail. great views. Falls weren't runny well but other wise a great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike across a ridge line, not the best views but lots of diverse landscape. I took white to blue, turned around and hooked up with the blue and yellow trail. The blue ad yellow trail was incredibly exciting! The path winded up and down rocky ledges and into some scraggly trees which reminded me of Mirkwood :p There's also a nice view of a pond and benches around the lower points to rest.

Overall great hike! I'll be back to explore some of the other trails that branch off from this location. :)

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is super easy and offers different trails. You can go straight up to the top or take a more scenic route. The end scenery is great- You see all of hartford and Manchester!
Overall easy and fun to do for beginners. Just keep track of which entrance you came from and the trail you hiked. It's kinda easy to get lost coming down but if you pay attention, you're solid!

hiking
6 months ago

A good trail for the area, well-wooded and several trail options for different hiking needs. From the Spring Street parking lot, go up the paved road on the right, it quickly becomes a dirt trail (The White/Carriage Trail). From there, take Pink up to the summit. Decent inclines. I went up the stone staircase section and did not see any trail blaze on my way up. Summit views are of Hartford and Manchester, can see pretty far on a clear day. Roundtrip took me less than an hour.

7 months ago

Best in the area - less crowded than Talcott Mountain or Sleeping Giant, with lots of different marked and unmarked trails so you can combine routes for a longer outing or take a different route every trip. there is a wider, gravel option (carriage) but also more rocky paths. Yellow & pink trails are my favorites, but blue is good too!

hiking
7 months ago

Great view once you reach the summit. Pretty busy all year round, although everyone is friendly. Dogs are welcomed. Clear paths.

7 months ago

clear trails, lots of options.

7 months ago

Just OK views at the tops

8 months ago

I love that they have different hiking trails. The waterfalls view absolutely beautiful

hiking
10 months ago

Lots of options to vary difficulty. Great extension options if you follow the blue trail to Birch Mountain, or start at Birch Mountain and loop through Case.

Monday, January 02, 2017

a little slippery today but a nice clear day a great view of hartford a pond a waterfall . Temps in the 40s what more could I ask for :) white trail

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great trail. It has a great uphill start and then levels off. It is always very peaceful.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

NOT for biking. It is a long walk up and then it is downhill. If you are willing to walk up a mile and then ride down then fine. This is good for hiking.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

I've hiked Case Mtn. many times and, like any other trails can be relatively easy or difficult depending on your route. The Shenipsit or "blue trail" runs through this area all the way to Gay City State Park in Hebron and if you're up for a challenge, this complete loop will run you about 22 miles parts of which are probably a level 2 scramble. The best approach is to print a Case Mtn. trail map and plan off of that. My favorite is to park in the Birch Mtn. lot (only about four spots but rarely used), follow the blue trail (rises about 150 feet in 0.15 miles) to the blue/yellow trail then back onto the blue all the way to Hebron's Gay City State Park (which has it's own set of trail options) and back. A real workout and full of interesting old stone walls, charcoal pits and glacial rock formations. My watch/tracker recorded a cumulative elevation gain of 350 floors and 4,000 calories expended. An exhausting but great way to spend a warm summer day!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nice hike with good views

trail running
Monday, August 22, 2016

One of my favorite trails. I use the white trail/carriage path loop to walk up to the summit, then I run down. The last part of the loop is back up again. I love that it provides differing levels of intensity, and the views are pretty.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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