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Mattabesset Trail: Meriden Road to Trimountain

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Middlefield, Connecticut

Mattabesset Trail: Meriden Road to Trimountain is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Middlefield, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.9 mi Elevation gain 2,500 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Walk along the trap rock ledges of the Mattabessett trail through Powder Ridge ski resort and past the Black Pond.

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Reviews (80)
Photos (332)
Recordings (84)
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Brian Pomposelli
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Hiking

not a bad hike, not much water so be prepared. stealth camping possible for backpackers also a hut just south of rt 68. decent views but a little close to the highway/neighborhoods for my liking.

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Allie Ruffles
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Kris Butler
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HikingRocky

Great trail. I just did exactly what the app said, it’s longer on both sides though. Lots of fun and lots of views!

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Krista Reynolds
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Hiking

Decent trail. Nothing super exciting but I’m sure it’s much prettier once everything blooms and the trees fill in. There was a lot of construction going on in the surrounding areas which made my hike a little less peaceful but what can you do. According to my Apple Watch this was closer to 14.6 miles and 3,200’ elevation gain.

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Carlos Antonio Castro
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The only thing hard is probably the mileage. Other than the constant up and down, it wasn’t very technical or steep. Nice hike though! Crowded, so get here early. Parking is actually across the street from the diner. The app sends you to the diner’s parking lot. Very well marked.

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Michael Wolf
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Grace Rae
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Grace Rae
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Grace Rae
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Donnie Saunders Jr.
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H Dalt
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Garland Borowski
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Hiking

I stopped 2-3/4 miles in when I saw a ski lift... didn't seem like they wanted people crossing. probably good that i turned around because i am not in good enough shape to have gone much farther and returned comfortably. First mile was deceiving... it got much harder after mile 1. Beautiful day! Some muddy locations, but not frequently.

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Ultra Ryan
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Running

No complaints here. The trail was certainly hard just as it states. The trail was very well marked and even with 2” of snow on the ground it was still very enjoyable. I would not however, recommend this trail for a long run in the winter. The snow covered many rocks and made larger rocks very slippery. I had to hike many spots for that reason but slowing down a bit made it manageable. Good views at the top of the peaks and quite a bit of elevation. I did an out and back starting south from the starting point I got from the AllTrails directions. I finished with just over 20 miles and my gps read 4200’ of elevation gain. Definitely a workout so be prepared. Awesome trail, I will definitely be going back again in the spring. Happy running, Ultra Ryan

miro jurgasik
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I did 2.5 in and out, well worth it,nice views of black pond and beyond,loved the fact that the tops of trail were literally on the egde of the cliffs, loved it, on to the next one✌️

Matt Brady
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Backpacking

Nice hike. If you're planning on camping overnight you're supposed to register for it. I was there Sep 16, 2017 there wasn't any good places to filter water so plan to pack a lot of it. Also be on the look out for broken glass, some jerks have brought glass bottles out there and broken them along the trail. LNT

Brian Carolan
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Running

This is one of my favorite trails in CT. It tends to be quiet and you won't run into many people. That being said, be prepared for rugged terrain and have a sturdy pair of shoes. Depending on which direction you go you will encounter significantly different terrain. Despite the challenging terrain this trail is worth every bit of sweat. Heading NW you run into steep terrain but fantastic views of the valley. Again, this section is steep and you have to watch you step. Heading SE the trail is flatter and more rolling, but no less challenging. You will not be able to move to quickly. There are a lot of small to medium sized rocks and many are loose, which can lead to a quick injury.

Ellen Wolfson
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Hiking

I did the first few miles of this trail, and it was beautiful! Goes through forests and along relatively exposed ledges. Hilly, lots of variety in the vegetation and the views. There's only room for a few cars at the trailhead, so just beware!

Bill Indorf
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Hiking

went here for first time with my wife ... nice trail w nice ups and downs and very clean and not trashed... rare these days...even better is that it's close to home! The only real gripe we had was the view of tilcons operation ripping down the other mountain...expect to see a LOT of fallen trees from recent storms ... definitely looks like a great place to camp... we will be back for sure !

Diane Grenier
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Completed a stretch from route 77 to route 68. 9.47 miles. just before route 68 is Cattails shelter. Wish I had planned ahead to stay ovenight. It is well kept and very dry even in the rain. et even supply firewood. This hike was beautiful with frequent vistas some pretty steep climbs followed by rolling flat across ridge lines. One of the prettiest areas along the New England Trail which includes the Mattabesset Trail.

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