Mattabesset Trail: Meriden Road to Trimountain

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Mattabesset Trail: Meriden Road to Trimountain is a 13.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Middlefield, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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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rocky
5 months ago

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.

running
Sat Nov 17 2018

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

Tue Sep 25 2018

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✌️

backpacking
Tue Sep 19 2017

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

running
Wed Mar 08 2017

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.

hiking
Tue Apr 26 2016

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!

hiking
Sat Mar 05 2016

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 !

Wed Oct 22 2014

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.

hiking
Wed Jan 29 2014

Hiking south from Rt 68 you will soon come to the "Cat tails Shelter" just off the trail. This would be an awesome place to spend the night as it has two shelters, seating, a fire-pit and bottles of fresh water in the summer courtesy of the caretaker. The hike gains elevation in sections until you come to the top of the ridge with views to the west and south. Blue Trails?/Hills? Gun range is below and you will hear frequent shooting. The trail continues to the notch where there is a road and then up, across, and down to Rt 17.

hiking
Wed Dec 04 2013

I hiked this trail with friends from rte 68 in Wallingford to rte 66 in Middlefield by Guida's dairy. There isn't much for parking along rte 68, so I recommend only parking one car there. The hike is about 7 or 8 miles up and down several hills. There are a lot of loose, sharp rocks which might hinder some. The final stretch of the trails runs along the cliffs with gorgeous vistas. A moderate hike with nice views, make sure to pack well as there are no outlets on this trail.

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