Mattabesett and Mount Higby Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Mattabesett and Mount Higby Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Middlefield, 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
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1719 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

Greatly enjoyed this hike. The view was amazing to see

Nice views, good uphill walk. But noisy road traffic.

1 month ago

If this is a top 10 in Connecticut then I’d hate to see what the rest of the hiking trails have to offer. First of all, I’m not so sure that I’d call this moderate as it’s quite easy. Also, what the trail information fails to mention is that the trail overlooks a busy area with loads of roads, etc so you really don’t feel like you’ve gotten out in nature for most of the hike.

1 month ago

Went last fall. Great hike and view!

1 month ago

Nice hike, saw 2 eagles in flight on the cliffs, I would come back again.

hiking
2 months ago

Mt Higby is one of the best hikes that i have ever done especially because of the scenic views from the top and the hike trial itself. Awesome one...

hiking
2 months ago

I like this one because the trail is along the cliffs so you get the feeling of being high up most of the time.

4 months ago

It is a very cold winter day, I will be returning in warmer weather . There was a lot of ice today and the trails weren’t marked that well, went off the trail a bit. Didn’t get too far into the trail but the views we did get to see were nice .

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This was a very enjoyable trail with spectacular views of the rocks and cliffs. Some of the trails do go near the edges of the cliffs but there is an alternate trail right behind most of them a few more feet in. Definitely looking forward to visiting again.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Couldn't be more enjoyable. Nice views most of the way. Looking forward to the possibilities in winter

hiking
8 months ago

Couldn't be more enjoyable. Nice views most of the way. Looking forward to the possibilities in winter

8 months ago

Easily one of my favorite local hikes, I've returned to this trail time and again over the years. It's an in and out trail so you need only go as far as you feel on any particular day. Great views from the top and many places from which to relax and enjoy them!

hiking
9 months ago

Fun Hike. Wish there was a loop to make of it though. Next time Might come through the Higby Road trail-head though. From the Higby Road lot, there is a Red/Blue trail that will take you to the blue trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous views! If you hear gun shots, don't be alarmed, apparently the police shooting range is near the trail and you can see it from the top!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beware of salamanders! And ten thousand slippery rocks! Deer, wild turkeys and salamanders. Some nice scenic vistas...some powerlines and a shooting range below. would like to have connected with the mattabassett that's by black pond...too busy with traffic at crossing 66

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

A nice patch of woods in a semi-industrial area. See my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/higbymountain

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Fun hike with great views

Monday, December 12, 2016

Very nice views from the top, a few short scrambles, quite a few spots where the trail is 1-2 ft from sheer drop so caution etc

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

definitely good for a view. alot of vertical climbing and rocks to make your way through. didn't find any landmarks. I like to hike to a location, and explore old historical places if the hike allows. Was proud to summit after the effort though!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

A decent workout. A little bit of scrambling from time to time. The effort is well worth it, with some amazing panoramic views at the top of the mountain about three-quarters of a mile into the trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Been hiking this trail for years it's a good one with great views and a nice moderate trail

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love this hike. Good workout climb to a fantastic view. There's a few peaks with pretty overlooks. On a good rainy spring there's a beautiful waterfall. If doing the whole hike this trail leads to the Chauncey peak hike off country club road in Middletown. It's a great workout hike.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Awsome views, great teail.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cool trail! Lots of ups and downs! Watch out for loose rocks and bees but still awesome. Bring deep
Woods bug spray for sure

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Really enjoyed this trail. Great climbs from the start which are also fun to end with. As I got away from the ledges and into the woods, I found it just as beautiful. Followed the trail to the "T" of you will. Going left on the "T" wasn't impressive but going to the right was fantastic. Wild blueberries and a pair of owls to have lunch with. :)

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Very good, interesting trail.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

My time on this trail was fantastic. It allows you to go as far as you want, and then turn around. The trail is well marked and gives amazing views most of the time. It's not to far from civilization and it's very nice. There is some graffiti, but it doesn't take away too much from the scene. This is my favorite trail in this area.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Really good hike definitely recommended just bring two cars one for the other side of mountain

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