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Indian Council Caves Trail

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Enders State Forest

Indian Council Caves Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Barkhamsted, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 882 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
muddy
scramble
21 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
28 days ago

I was very upset to begin with since the GPS took me up the street and no trail sign or anything so I just went back down to where the tun xis trail starts. I suggest you go from their and hike you might see the caves and view point I didn't come across it this time. I've hiked it plenty so I am sure I've seen this in the past even though its nothing special many say.

Couldn’t find the caves but good hike. Lots of up and down!

hiking
29 days ago

wow really cool caves.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Very pretty hike all the way... a little buggy. Some mud. maybe I didn’t find the caves tho? Just real big boulders......

bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Buggy, muddy at beginning, nice caves at end, likely more pretty in June when mountain laurel is in bloom.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Perfect trail, with just a little mud in the beginning! Make sure to bring a flashlight to see inside the caves!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Well marked, kid and dog friendly path. Inclines and declines throughout, but not to technical. Great forest setting, with brooks and mountain streams. The large rock formations and caves were worth the view from the base. Will definitely be back in the fall!

hiking
3 months ago

Good moderate hike for a 6-8 times a year casual hiker in ok shape. Trail is well-marked and varied in terrain, running through some stands of mountain laurel, a really beautiful wooded Glen with a small stream running through it and past a pond overrun with croaking baby frogs. Some up and down - a few leg burners but nothing overwhelming.

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Definitely a five star trail in February to avoid tics that some other reviewers mention. Wore micro spikes for icy areas. Deciduous forest to pine forest lots of mountain laurel, reasonably well blazed, one of the best hikes I’ve done. A little tough getting down to the caves, but well worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

A little muddy, but that is to be expected for a 60+ degree day in January. Time was on par with other that reported it here. About 2.5 hrs for the loop and some brief exploring around the rock formations that give the trail its name. Keep an eye out for the light blue blazes as on the way back they are not as well marked. Otherwise, a very beautiful hike with some views and a great place to explore at the end! Enjoy!

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Love this hike! Today was pretty icy though! Definitely either bring spikes for some of the trail or wear shoes with a lot of traction!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
8 months ago

overall a fun hike, pretty challenging with multiple inclines and declines, about 1.5 miles in there’s a large tree down that i had to use my hatchet to chop down some branches so i could crawl under it. there’s not many scenic views, but the caves at the end are really cool to explore. will definitely go back.

hiking
9 months ago

was ok people need to pick up after their dogs though. there were a few places right in the middle of the trail if you weren't watching the ground you would step in an unpleasant surprise

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is well marked. Well shaded. Great views and the caves were amazing. Plan for about 2 1/2 there and back. I will go again.

hiking
bugs
over grown
11 months ago

I didn’t love this trail as it was quite overgrown (3-4 ft in one area), and our dog was covered in ticks. Luckily none on us. The trail is interesting and well marked. We didn’t make it all the way to the caves, but would go back if the trail was better maintained.

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