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We did this on December 28, 2016 in lots of snow and with a high of 7 degrees! It was an awesome loop, definitely felt sub zero on the summit with the winds.

Beautiful and excellent run. It is not 5.3mi but 6.338mi for the full round circuit. Follow the blue Marks throughout the way and you will be in for a treat with stunning vistas and superb running terrain.

hiked it on Jan 15 following some flooding which receeded recently. It was a cold day, in the teens, but the ice formations in the river and small brooks were beautiful. Nice trail, easy to follow, and we didn't see another hiker

Favorite trail in CT thus far. Great in very aspect.

Great family hike. 4, 5 and 7 year old. 3.4 miles with dog. Right after snow melt and rain, falls were flowing! Will go again.

While i hike a portion of this trail regularly locals have informed me that hunters cameras in the last 6 weeks have caught images of a Mountain Lion and have told me to excercise extreme caution while in the area and to not get on the trail after sunset.

This is my favorite hike!!!

Nice hike with kids. My 4, 5 and 7 year old had no problem. Be careful near cliffs, also does have a decent incline. Great for dogs too. Pretty solid for families. Little parking.

Nice hike with family. Very busy, which is a pro and a con. Great for dogs as there were a bunch of dogs on this trail. Nice views from the tower.

Nice family hike with family and dog. Waterfall was the best park. Busy, popular spot. Nice for picnics too.

on North Mess

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15 days ago

Many options with this trail. Follow blue trail and you will come out on Goodale Hill Rd. Take a left off trail onto a woods road, and on the left is a trail leading to a reservoir and dam once used by East Hartford.
On the right side of main trail, there are two areas that lead to "tubes" which go underneath Route 2.

Hiked to Southwick street on Metacomet manadnock trail. Trail changes from blue blaze to white blaze and can get confusing...this happens beyond the road right about as you hit the Mass. border. There is a trail head with a parking area covered in snow. Beautiful bridge through marsh between mountains...this is Boggs bridge. Parked on mountain road where the Metacomet hooks at Spencer's wildlife preserve...snowy pull off area. There is a power line clearing and a couple really nice views from the cliff side where you can see distant cliff faces and snowy ponds etc. No deep snow on trail, it's mostly packed down by ATV/snow machines on the Mass side...but slippery enough to make you burn way more calories than intended.

We did this as our 1st hike of 2018.
Took the Red trail, as the map says it's to the Overlook, but we only came upon railroad tracks.
Luckily we met a woman who advised us to take the Red to Blue/Purple. THAT led us to the top overlooking the Housatonic River.

From the lower parking lot, follow the 'road' to the left. Half a mile up, you can pick the Red trail on the Left. Go up the mountain. At the Red & Blue/Purple intersection, bare Right onto Blue. The overlook is a short stroll. As of today, if you took the trail in the woods, the log bridge to cross the water was blocked off, you could not continue.

Will go back in the Fall to get a better view of the foliage.

Great snowy hike today. We parked in the commuter lot, crossed the street and walked up a side street to find the trail head. It was easy to find and everything was very clearly marked. We will definitely go again.

Great winter hike - loop trail is strenuous enough for a work out and quick enough (90-120 min) to squeeze into a busy day. Nice views of the surrounding hills and a few streams and small waterfalls. Trail is well marked and dovetails with the AT for ~0.5 mile.

Haven't hiked in CT much, but this was my favorite I've done here.

Magical especially after a snowfall...

hiking
23 days ago

Pretty hike, took me about 50 mins front to back including ~5-10 mins at the top. Love the tower! Very cool.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice little walk around the pond. Not too strenuous.

Solid hike, be ready to deal with some rocks if you are going in the winter. Trail relatively well kept and well blazed.

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