Jessie Gerard Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Jessie Gerard Trail is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Barkhamsted, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

The starts at East River Road near the old Indian Settlement known as Barkhamsted Lighthouse. The right trail fork goes through the lighthouse site and continues northerly to the Chaugham Lookouts. The left trail fork climbs more directly to the overlooks by 299 stone steps. The views from this area are some of the best in the state. Continuing north, the trail passes between the Veeder Boulders to the picnic area on Greenwoods Road. Distance - 1.3 miles.

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

16 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.

24 days ago

This is quite the climb!

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7 months ago

Nice deep wood trails.

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9 months ago

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.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful, quiet climb with a phenomenal view! Pleasantly suprised by the waterfall.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The initial climb was challenging but the views were worth it. Lots of boulders to climb and it looked like there were several other trails to follow so we will return to explore this area more.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday, July 10, 2015

A great hike! We started off on the Falls Cut-off trail, which is a nice steep climb up a mostly rock path that meets up with the Jessie Gerard. Along the JG there are two expansive and pretty epic overlooks that I highly recommend. The whole experience was a beautiful and lovely challenge that made us work up a bit of a sweat!