Pinnacle Rock via Metacomet Trail

MODERATE 69 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.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

road biking

trail running

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

hiking
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?

hiking
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”

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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hiking
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