Jessie Gerard Trail

MODERATE 181 reviews
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Jessie Gerard Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 702 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

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.

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful historical landmarks...native american settlements.

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rocky
2 months ago

This was such a fun hike! My kids (4&7) loved it. It is a pretty decent elevation gain the first half mile but after that, pretty easy walking. BEAUTIFUL views but watch out for the ladybug nest. Lol That was fun. We did the 3 1/2 mile loop but there is a cut off to shorten the hike. Walker road. I highly recommend this hike. Even the drive getting there was incredible. It took us three hours and that was with many stops to play and explore. Had to give the four-year-old a piggyback ride for a half mile but then she got her second wind and finished like a champ! I would say on the last mile back pay close attention. We had to backtrack on the second to last trail cut off and there was a tree down on the trail. Thank goodness for this app because I’m the worst trail navigator and this app keeps me on track. The trail is very well marked so that helps but still.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail, not to hard one spot is up hill/down hill rock climb but there is always a good path to go. Definitely go thru the light house trail neat little spots with board telling history behind it. Be careful around fall season gets slippery with all the pine needles and acorns.

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

Way too buggy. Make sure you sign the book at the top. Views are worth it. Be prepared for bugs. Bug spray didn’t help at all.

hiking
4 months ago

Best trail I have been on in CT. Thankful for the reviewer who suggested the clockwise route. The incline at the beginning is steep and gets the heart going, but has nice flat rocks and plenty of safe footholds and handholds. Wouldn’t want to descend at the end of a 5 mile hike. The views at the top are rewarding. The trail then levels out and has plenty of shade and natural beauty. Bugs were minimal (I didn’t need bug spray) and trail was not crowded, even on Labor Day weekend. Trail is well marked, but I needed my AT app to guide me at a couple of road crossings.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice workout. Steep in quite a few areas, but so worth the climb to the lookouts.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice view but way too buggy

hiking
6 months ago

Exceeded our expectations! Good workout, great views, and perfect for our pup. Light traffic for a summer hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Not sure I'd call it moderate, but it's a great trail! After a quick scramble up to the top, it mellows out and is good for all levels. Didn't love that a good portion of it was just paved road, but the parts actually on trail in the woods were beautiful. Would recommend to any and all! It was a bit buggy, so remember your bug spray!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Steep from the start. Beautiful hike up the waterfall stairs and two lookouts with lovely views. Trail levels out after the first mile or so, and picks up a road that loops much of the way back. Would have liked it more if it was all path and not road. Super dog-friendly and easy parking. Must come back in the fall for the view with foliage.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing views! I took the left trail doing the scramble up, which was certainly a work out. The waterfalls were great to climb through, not too slippery. A true scramble though with a steep incline. There was one spot where the trail looked like it broke into two directions and went to the left, though that was probably an old trail no longer used. There was also a small section that looked like it was going to an outcrop area, which I mistook as the first overlook. Once I got to the second one, which was epic, I assumed there weren't more after. Looks like I missed out, but the Grand Vista was fantastic. One of the best views in the state.

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rocky
9 months ago

4-7-19 Fantastic views for Spring/Fall of Farmington River. Went up few days ago and still had some water runoff and lots of damp leaves on rockier sections of cliff/last 500 feet or so. So keep steady footholds while hiking down as well. Bring fishing gear and permit if you want a solid catch of stripper or bass at the base lots afterwards

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Great view and trail conditions. About a mile of paved road (Quarry Rd). Overall good experience!

10 months ago

3-16-19 Great hike. Still quite icy and snowy, microspikes would be beneficial. On the way down, after completing the loop we took the red/blue trail along side the waterfall. It had rained the night before so the waterfall was flowing added with some icy spots that descent capped off the hike with some added excitement.

running
10 months ago

A little snowy. But perfect for YakTrax. Gorgeous sunny late winter day!

snowshoeing
snow
10 months ago

Lovely trail in the foggy rainy snow. Glad I came.

hiking
Fri Jan 04 2019

Rad

hiking
Mon Dec 31 2018

The initial ascent can be challenging but the two outlook vistas are worth it! The trail recorded for this seems off and we had to jump onto the Ross Trail to get back to the Gerard Trail on the way down. Stop to enjoy the waterfall if it has rained recently.

hiking
Sun Dec 23 2018

Multiple views and it was nice to Boulder/climb at Twin Boulders for a bit. They’re located just beyond the 2 viewpoints along the trail. After the initial 1/3 of the circuit the rest is pretty flat and quick to complete.

Sat Sep 29 2018

Moderate to difficult climb to two nice lookouts. About 20 minutes the hard way (left, red and blue trail) or 45 via the switchback which takes you past the Indian settlement. Well worth it! There’s a pretty waterfall nobody talks about much, probably because it’s just a trickle most of the time. But today it was sunny and beautiful and we’d just had 5 inches of rain so it was spectacular.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

tough start but well Worth it.

Fri Sep 14 2018

favorite trail in northern CT

Mon Jul 30 2018

This was a cute, easy trail for the most part and had two stunning outlooks! would love to do it again in the fall.

hiking
Mon Jun 25 2018

Great spot for a hike, rock climb, and amazing view. View from the top is breathtaking. There’s an easy and moderate trail to get to the top. Would recommend this hike to friends, families with children, or couples. (Personal note: Came here with Kev 6/25/18.)

Wed Jun 13 2018

Unreal sunset spot

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