Pinnacle Rock via Metacomet Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews

Pinnacle Rock via Metacomet Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Farmington, Connecticut. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
823 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing


road biking

trail running

11 days ago

A lot of ups and downs. Definitely some parts that require a little scrambling or butt-sliding if you don't feel confident walking down rocky slopes. Not too busy either; small parking lot on the north side with a handful of cars. Unfortunately, lots of broken glass and litter (including fire works, plastic bottles) and graffiti at the top with some questionable wording... also the railing at the peak needs some work, but not a big deal. Great view at the top and got some good exercise. Not a bad time at all.

1 month ago


Great view, great zen

7 months ago

First time here - we (my puppy and I) loved it!

8 months ago

Excellent trail on Autumn day. slight ups and downs, no big deal

10 months ago

Outstanding trail with varied and difficult terrain. Can't wait to. Come back and run this trail

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Fun. Nostalgic. Not overcrowded. terrain changes often and the ledges and caves are suprising landscapes considering their proximity to the surrounding towns.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Nice views and some varied, but not too difficult, terrain. Also some neat history in this area! Hospital Rock off nearby Red trail and Will Warren's Den.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I'm not a very active person, so for me this was a challenging hike. It got a bit rocky at times and there was a little bit of scrambling.

Friday, March 31, 2017

From Pinnacle Rock,you may wish to explore the lower fire trails south to what is known as "Hospital Rock", an outcropping of traprock containing the names of smallpox patients who were impounded there to take "the cure" and carved their names in the rock to pass the time as they waited for the inoculation to do it's work.Most of the names date from 1794-1796. While you are there,please resist the urge to scratch your own names on the rock to try to carve out a slice of your own immortality. This rock is a state historical preserve, and this would be considered VANDALIZIM. I refuse to visit this site anymore, as I am enraged and heartbroken over what some thoughtless and inconsiderate hikers have done to the rock. It's location should never have been made general knowledge back in 1974 by Plainville historian Ruth Hummel. She never anticipated the consequences of that decision. How sad.Another sign of the sad times in which we live.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lots of broken glass & some graffiti :/ otherwise nice views from the top

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice little hike, a lot of side hilling at one point, grades are only moderate and not difficult at all.
There is no waterfall and this icon should be removed.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This was a nice quick hike to meet a friend. Moderate to easy

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great trail, would rate it more moderate. Great views of downtown Hartford. I did bring my mountain goat pup, she picked up a few ticks, otherwise I would of given it a 5 star.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

the directions bring you to what looks like a trail head with nowhere to park?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

This is a very nice hike. It has good views. I wouldn’t rate it “hard”. Depends upon your frame of context. It IS one of the more technical trails in the general Hartford area. A lot of ups and downs and some rocks. Good fun here. Don’t let the rating scare you. It’s a nice feeling looking back at the towers from anywhere in the Hartford area and say “I did that”

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Overall good trail. A little steep at times, good vistas. I did route six to the Nike Missile silo and back. I didn't have too much time to explore but the Missile silo wasn't much to see from the trail, but pinnacle rock was cool. LOTS OF POISON IVY! So watch out. It also gets slippery in the rain, especially the roots.

Friday, May 06, 2016

hiked from RT 6 to rattlesnake mountain where the Nike Missle base was formerly located. There are some terrific views and it is definitely a Moderate hike not sure about the Hard rating.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is a great trail and i think the main description is misleading somewhat... The Metacomet trail (blue marks) can be accessed from rt. 6 in Farmington or off of Pinacle street in Plainfield. I live near it so I hike it all the time. From rt. 6 you climb up to where the towers are and then continue on to the Rattlesnake cliff, then decend down and go through bunch of up and downs valleys to the Pinacle cliff. That's about 2.2 miles of decent hiking. From there you can keep going all the way to Plainville which is maybe another 3 miles (that's my best estimate so don't quote me on it), or just turn back and call it a day. You definitely get your heart pumping hiking just 4.5 miles to the second cliff.

There is another trail (more like a dirt road) there that is used for road biking, 4 wheelers and dirt bikes but i never tried it and have no idea how long it is or where it's going.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Walked blue trail with 3 kids, (7 yrs and two 5 yrs). Walked up about an hour, a few spots a little intimidating for kids but they loved the trail. Definitely will be going back when we have more time to walk further. Trail was marked well.

road biking
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Great trail, did the 20 miles in 2 hours.

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