Mashamoquet Brook Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews

Mashamoquet Brook Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pomfret Center, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

Great little trail! Very well marked, very quiet. Beautiful and diverse scenery. A little muddy in spots, and I'm not sure I'd label it "moderate" ... I'd say easy with a few uphill spots. My pup and I loved it, we will absolutely return.

18 days ago

only took the Blue trail to the Red and took that back to the car today. well marked trail with maps at checkpoints along the way. looking forward to doing the whole Blue trail loop another time. have loved hiking these trails since childhood, excited to show them to my kids! for anyone not familiar, this is a great place to see some cool rock formations, and the wolf den where the supposed last wolf in CT was killed!

hiking
19 days ago

First hike as a family. More Hills then I remember from when I was a kid. Fun family times!

hiking
2 months ago

Decent hike, however there aren’t many points of interest.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome! About a 2 hour hike. Would suggest hiking boots due to mud.

10 months ago

Cost to go hiking is $15. Absolutely ridiculous! Very disappointed.

hiking
11 months ago

Left from the Park Ranger station heading south. The trail was well mark and easy to follow. Just after the first bridge there was about 100 feet of muddy trail and lots of water but the trail can easily be followed by going parallel in drier ground until the area is bypassed. Plenty of gypsy moth caterpillars everywhere you look. Minimal wildlife encountered, dead snake near the trail and a deer that was very comfortable around people - staying about 25 feet off the trail as it was passed.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice and quiet. I would rate it on the low end of moderate. Soggy in spots, but easily avoided. We took our time. We took 3 hours to complete it. Will definitely do this one again.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Easily marked! I walked the blue to the red trail, definitely a killer hamstring work out!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

A bit wet in spots, and some good climbs, definitely a moderate trail. Well rated and excellent hike.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great local trail with interesting elevations and varying terrain and sights. Great Rock formations. Trails are decently marked except for a couple of areas.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Great place to hike! Beautiful river and awesome rock formations. Plenty of trails and all the trails are well marked.

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NICE TRAIL LOTS OF ROCK FORMATIONS BUT POORLY MARKED ESPECIALLY WHEN CROSSING ROADS THE BLUE MARKS ARE HARD TO SEE THIS TIME OF YEAR

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fairly easy hike. There are two trails, one which is significantly more challenging than the other. Very nice foliage but no views.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

nice easy hike. couple steep spots but not too bad. took the blue trail from visitor center up to table rock, then down red trail back

Monday, July 18, 2016

Run this trail often love to train here looking forward to winter hikes as well!

backpacking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

It's a beautiful day in this amazing park. If you haven't been here it's totally worth the visit.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Took us around 2 hours to complete. Before you pull into the state park, the trail begins BUT if you want a cardio workout, I recommend parking at the visitors center and going past the outhouse (there's signs) this way was 70% uphill, if you're not a fan of steep hills you might be better off going the other way. Wolf Den is creepy cool. saw lots of wildlife, very shady walk. There's a huge rock not long after wolf den where we stopped and ate our lunch. I definitely will be back!

Friday, May 27, 2016

this is a great hike! the terrain gets a little difficult at times but it's definitely satisfying. I did the whole loop in 3 hours.

hiking
Monday, December 28, 2015

Excellent trails, well marked. Some areas were more difficult than others, but they were do-able. Planning on making this location one of my favorites and visit again!

Monday, November 23, 2015

It was my first time out there so I didn't know the location well. I felt it was mapped out very well. My friend and I did the blue 5 mile loop at about a 20 min. pace, stopping along the way to admire all natures beauty! It took us just under 2 hours to complete the trail.
We found the Indians Chair so we stopped there for a photo moment. Next time I would love to find the Wolf Den. A gentleman on the trail told us the story about Israel Putnam's discovery of the Wolf den, and we found very interesting!
I would say the blue trail is challenging in a few areas and that's what will keep us coming back for sure!

hiking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Brought my dog for a hike. Didn't finish trail due to limited time. Walked the roads and fields.Was a really nice hike. Great place to bring the dogs. Definitely will be going back and finishing the trails.

hiking
Friday, September 25, 2015

We had a great hike today - went up the yellow trail from the parking area (which is uphill almost all the way but not too steep) then went counter clockwise on the blue trail to Table Rock. That is a nice section of trail, again, you are climbing up almost all the time but it is a nice path. Only rocky some of the way.
After lunch at Table Rock we backtracked a bit back to the Blue/ Red trail to the Wolf's Den site (spooky) and then went on to the Indian Chair site (too cool).
The trail between Wolf Den and Indian Chair is very steep we thought, so we were glad we we going down it!
After Indian Chair we backtracked again, just a little way back to the nearest Red Trail which took us back to the parking area. The brook was very dry, so no rushing water pleasures, but we saw chipmunks, a toad, a hawk and a squirrel along the way. Because it's been so dry the foliage is rather muted, but a wonderful hike. A bit challenging in spots but really nice. (About 4.2 miles that route)
Restrooms and picnic tables at base are a nice convenience . A+++ all around.

hiking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Completed the red loop last weekend. We encountered a few rocky areas, but hike was relatively easy overall. Very peaceful area, it was nice to hike in the woods without the sound of cars interfering.

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

I took the blue trail, the trail was well marked and in great shape. A little more steep and rocky then I originally thought it would be but it was a good challenge I'd go again.

Monday, June 29, 2015

great loop hike with a few good up hill climbs. Checked out Indian chair, wolf den, and table rock sticking mostly with the blue trail ( 5 mile loop trail). Trails are very well marked with many options to cover. Meet a few rangers who were very friendly and knowledgeable about the park. Enough to see and do to stay an entire day.

hiking
Monday, May 26, 2014

It was an interesting 5 mile relatively easy Memorial Day Hike to kick off the 2014 hiking season. The trails were well worn in, well marked, so they were easy to follow. The trails are clean and well maintained except for one of the footbridges. The bridge is in need of repair as one of the main supports is cracked and the bridge is sagging. to one side. Other than that blemish, it was great. I plan on spending the entire day at Mashamoquet next time and enjoy a picnic, swimming and do the hike again.

hiking
Saturday, June 08, 2013

I love this hike! It's easy enough for anyone in reasonable shape but has a couple steep up hills so you still get some legit exercise, too. We had a picnic lunch on table rock. Keep dogs on leashes, there were some horses on the trail

hiking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mashamoquet is one of my favorite places to go hiking in Connecticut. There are several different access points to the park, so it's a completely different experience depending on which location you enter from. I tend to cycle through the various trailheads to keep it interesting. The marking for the trails could be a little bit better than it is, as it gets slightly confusing at times if you don't have the map right in front of you, more so if you're entering the trails through the primary entrance on route 44. In addition to the Wolf Den, Indian chair and table rock points of interest, There are also a multitude of picnicking areas, including a large public stone house with fireplaces to have a cookout. Two points of note for any new people to the park 1) my favorite time is the dead of winter when the varying heights of river water create awesome ice structures. 2) there is a small but fun loop trail at the Wolf Den campground (as opposed to the actual Wolf Den) which is great for a short walk with the kids. There is a wooden walkway that goes over into a large pond where you are sure to see some type of wildlife almost every time without exception... Mashamoquet is a place you can keep coming back to for years and years without experiencing the whole park...

hiking
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Here's a link to the trail map provided Connecticut DEP.

This was a good hike for a Sunday morning. As you will see from the photos, there is definitely some historical interest, as well as some unusual rock formations. It is not as rugged as other nearby areas, such as Bigelow Hollow, but you will have your share of ups and downs.

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