Indian Council Caves Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews
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Indian Council Caves Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
882 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



trail running
2 days ago

Was less populated so I would suggest taking someone with you! Great trail, would hike again.

22 days ago

I agree with previous comments, not difficult at all. Summit view was beautiful.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, and great hike..

4 months ago

I hiked this one a couple weeks ago. I would rate its difficulty as moderate.Nice forest setting but no peaks or outcrops to view the landscape.The caves were pretty cool but a little treacherous to climb down to. I was disappointed not to see the Indians in the cave.We must of arrived while they were out hunting game

Great hiking here! Gives you a great work out and our dog loves it too!

4 months ago

Really nice trail, bit of elevation gain/loss but not too bad. Lots of geocaches along the way. Not a ton of views.

10 months ago

Great hike! Tried a shorter trail today got turned around

trail running
10 months ago

This should not be rated hard. It's a great trail run but definitely not hard.

10 months ago

Well marked trail and easy to follow. Fun is in the hike rather the caves. Had a good time.

11 months ago

Definitely want to hike this in its entirety. Picked this trail because we only had enough time for a 5 mile hike. Thought it was going to be 4.9 in and out, but that's only 1 way. It was a good hike.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful hike, very well marked once you are on the trail. Follow everyone's instructions here to cross the street and look for a foot bridge to get to the trail head. The street you will be crossing is kind of busy. Terrain changes so often, breath taking views. Certain part of the hike reminded us of Sequoia national park. Lot of bugs specially if it has rained recently. Also everyone in our group had ticks when we got back so make sure to check for those. I would rate this hike easy-moderate. Not difficult at all.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very nice hike, with some decent ups and downs. Uneven terrain not ideal for trail run. Massive rocks and old stone foundations. 5+ mile round trip.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Went on this hike looking for something difficult. The trail is not hard at all. There were some wet areas to cross but overall the trail was very easy. Once you reach the "caves" it was a little treacherous climbing down due to the wet rocks. Fun trail as a warm up, but next time I will try the full 9 miles.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I was looking for a decent workout and thought this would fit the bill because it's rated as difficult. It is not. It's a moderate all day long. Not to say it wasn't cool. Just not what I expected.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

For those looking for more detail.... I parked at the lot by Hillcrest/Hartland intersection. Was looking for the 9mi hike but went to the wrong spot. Hopped the guardrail across the street from the lot. This was about 2 miles to the natural caves, then I turned around and came back. It rained the last couple days, but trail was mostly dry/damp. There was a few pretty wet spots but I was able to get around them. It definitely was a bit buggy. Trail has a lot of roots and rocks, some flatter spots but not many. I absolutely adored this trail, it was so beautiful I stopped and took a lot of pictures. I'm pretty out of shape, so the uphill areas I needed to catch my breath but otherwise a pretty moderate trail.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great hike! The climb down to actually get to the caves is a little intimidating but worth the effort. Hiked this with my family (6 & 9 year olds) and the family dog!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 At end of hike, a mother bear and 3 cubs about 1/4 mile from trailhead on Legeyt Rd Rt 179. Had to backtrack and take a different trail back. Easy walk to the caves. The trail starts near the second pond. Tricky to get to tops of caves. Very cool.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Nice trail, very peaceful, tons of birds. Definitely moderate not easy with lots of ups and downs and some rocks to scramble over at the end in order to explore the caves. Everyone's tips posted here to cross the street and jump the guardrail together trailhead were very helpful, thanks! Lots of chipmunks but no bears for us.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I walked at a good clip for an hour and never hit the caves. I went alone, which I would not recommend as the trail is very remote and bears live in the area. I would say it's moderately difficult. Small hills and lots of rocks/tree roots.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Well we ran into bears

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Quite interesting and I would say it's an easy/moderate trail

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The trail was pretty decent. I'm glad I read the reviews to know we had to cross the street to get to the trail. It wasn't my favorite trail, but it was pretty. I thought the caves were going to be more spectacular than they were. The trail is marked very well so it's hard to miss where you have to go. The trail itself doesn't look like much. You have to single file through it because it's not wide enough to walk side by side. I probably won't head back to this one but it's fun just being out in nature.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

First moderate hike for our group. A little long for our nine year olds, but they enjoyed the challenge!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pretty decent trail.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I loved this trail! Such amazing views once you get almost done!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I loved this trail! I am glad someone mentioned the trail being across the street considering it is blocked by a guard rail I never would have known! But trail is beautiful lots of rocks with ascents and descents. Hiked it with my one year old golden retriever and she loved it as much as me! Id like to go back when foliage is all bloomed! Rock caves at end very cool as well. Loved how I was able to hike entire trail without seeing a soul!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This was a first time hike for my kids and first in many years for myself. it was quite a challenge but totally worth it. Beautiful scenery and easy to follow. I would do it again!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

This is my go-to hiking spot. There's a good amount of change in scenery and it has some difficult spots. My dog and I love to stop at the stream, which is about halfway through.

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