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Hemlock Hills & Pine Mountain Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ridgefield, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 1,174 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

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Forest

Lake

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Rocky

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Pine Mountain Reserve is a 368 acre open space in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The space has many trails, trail heads and also one of Ridgefield's highest points. The trail will extend fourteen miles, from Terre Haute in Bethel, northwesterly to Rogers Park in Danbury, past the Charles Ives Homestead, and then southerly thru Tarrywile Park. It will then continue southwesterly across Route 7 and through Wooster Mountain State Park to the existing trail systems in Ridgefield's Bennetts Pond Park and Pine Mountain Park. The Ives Trail is named in honor of Charles E. Ives. Born in Danbury in 1874, Ives is noted for his original classical compositions, winning the Pulitzer prize in 1947 for his Symphony Number 3. Danbury's Ives has the significant distinction of being Connecticut's state composer.

Parking is available at numerous points along the trail so that section hikes are easy to plan.

Easily accessed from anywhere in Fairfield County Ct. See trail map.

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Teresa Gouveia
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HikingRocky

Bennet Pond side of hike is interesting with nice views of the pond...I’m glad I saved that for the end of my hike got the harder side done first.... parking area at end of road with a few spots along the road.

Chris Feineis
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John Casey
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Danielle Brusco
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, but need to wait until I have proper hiking boots. Some up the uphill trails are narrow.

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yulin ma
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Hiking

Easy trail

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Travis Feldman
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Hiking

If dogs can do it, it isn’t hard

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Andrew Dutcher
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Carlos Antonio Castro
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Hiking

Poorly marked. There’s lots of trails and it’s easy to get misplaced. I had to look at my phone a lot. Also, I’d call this moderate. Not too many views either. Kinda meh.

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Roy Sabo
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Hiking

hiked on 5.2.2020, parking lot is nice a can hold about 15 cars. First of all, this in not a hard hike. The trails are mostly flat with some rolling ups and downs. The climb up Pine Mtn is moderate, and has a fair amount of switch backs making it almost easy. The area is full of beautiful wildflowers and migratory song birds. Some nice water features as well. This can be as much as a 15 miler if you want to explore the area.

Jessica Thompson
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Hiking

This seemed considerably longer than stated on AllTrails - more than 9 miles according to my activity tracker, with plenty of climbs. Beautiful woodland and nice variation in terrain, not too crowded on a Sunday afternoon. As others have said, trails are not well marked so we relied on the map at several points.

Matthew Carp
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HikingBugsMuddy

Good trail, not too strenuous. Can be as long or as short as you make it- but download the map. Navigating it was very hard, many trails are not blazed and they are crisscrossed. Bugs were bad but seem to be bad everywhere these days. Trail was busy but not overcrowded. Saw 3 snakes. Trailhead parking was PACKED and limited

Ben Hawkins
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Hiking

Great trail! Only bad part is it’s poorly blazed in areas and there are many other trails that aren’t on all trails

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John Szalan
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Rocio Perez
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Nice exercise, very rocky and tons of bugs

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Matthew McCarthy
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christine stuart
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Hiking

Would have been a 5/5 if the trail markers weren’t so confusing! After we stopped using the trail map and started using a compass it was much easier.

Sarah Daly
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Nick Belmonte
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Kyle Rugg
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Angela Sun
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Chris D
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Great trail, great first long hike of the year. Rewarding view near the end. There is a portion of unmarked trail near Bennett’s pond, just make sure you veer left and cross the little stream and trace along the pond, that will put you on the right path. Also the sections marked green are WHITE! Very important or else you will get turned around a lot, like I did. All in all great trail. Well groomed, and great workout, would do it again!

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Lawrence Eaton
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HikingFloodedIcyMuddyScramble

A great trail for the first long one of the year. Pleasant flat walking in parts but rock fields and gradients can make this not suitable for young children. Great inclines and wonderful for pets. Trail markings: these can at times take a certain amount of creative interpretation- not sure if the green blaze trail needs redoing or changing colours so it can be seen. All in all, great prep for even longer walks.

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Laura Zailac
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Hiking

Stunning views. Don’t do in snow- unmarked in sections. Beaver activity. Do again!

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Raymond Garst
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Hiking

Great Hike with Jeff and Pammie!

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