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Perfect hiking weather the day we chose to hike this well marked trail. Challenging yet fun trail. Was surprised that we did not see another hiker the entire trek. Well worth checking the trail system out.

Tough trail in spots - especially the climb up Mt Everett from the south. Beautiful scenery that is always changing during the hike. Sages ravine was especially beautiful.

Absolutely beautiful scene once you hike to the very top. Breathtaking view once the leaves start turning color. Easy hike for all levels.
Many events scheduled throughout the Season.

The Housatonic Overlook made the hike a 4 star. In addition, there was enough challenging terrain to have us feel the hike which we like. We got a late start so only went in about 2.5 Miles. Good hike overall.

3 months ago

We picked a perfect day to hike this trail. The trail is well marked but you need to pay attention due to several intersecting trails. We did the trail in 4 hours and 15 minutes.We did not see another soul during the trip,

Moderate/easy hike on the AT! Most sections of the hike are flat. I really loved the spot at Rand’s View- definitely has to be one of the best viewpoints on the CT AT (it’s featured at the REI in Milford likely for that reason). Would definitely recommend!

This is a gentle sloping run of the Natchaug Trail emptying into the Nipmuck. There is a campsite at the transition between trails and camping is available year-round. From camp it is a gentle downhill hike out to Perry Hill Rd.

Good day hike but you can camp out overnight in a tent or in the shelter at 10 Mile River.

4 months ago

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

A very senic, challenging and rewarding seciton of the trail. While the elevations do not appear to be very intimidating, the grades involved make this very challenging. Do not underestimate this section of the trail.

4 months ago

Backpacked through this in one day. My original intention was to use this as a testing ground to see how well I'd do with backpacking. For a first time hike with an extra 40lbs worth of backpack, I'd say it was difficult. Without the added weight I would guess that this would have been a fairly easy trail. There is a long portion of gravel road in the middle that does get a little boring, but for what I wanted to learn I'd say this was an excellent hike.

very well maintained, a lot of good camp sites, plenty of water for filtering.

great camp sites along the way

Difficult but fun

This is a LOOP from Bulls Bridge back to Bulls-bridge. Completed the entire hike from bullsbrige - route 55 - then I was totally confused because I had to take a left , walk the route 55 to Evans Hill Road ..... you will see a Herricks Trails Sign .... follow the arrows ...along the way ... you have two looking points , I stopped at the second one " Housatonic look out point , then back tracked continued to follow until I seen a familiar sign,
That I seen on the way up "Herricks 1.0 mile" from there I took a right down the hill , back over 10 mile river bridge and back to Bullsbridge . The hike for me was challenging . Bring a lot of water , I drank about( 6 )12oz
Water that was in my camel Pack . I don't walk much , I am out of shape but I slowly hiked the trail. It took me 5 1/2 hrs . And it rained pretty hard but I brought my poncho . BE PREPARED ! eat a healthy breakfast , wear comfortable hiking shoes/boots . And something other then trail mix (yuk) . Water , poncho , charged cell phone ....If I didn't have this App .... I feel I would have been more confused . Basically start at BullsBridge at the Appalachian Trail , follow white square marks all the way up and all the way down to Route 55 ... take a left follow the road to Evans Hill Road , walk up til you see Herricks trail , Follow that until you see a sign you passed on the way up( Herricks trail 1 mile ⬅️ ) take right , proceed down hill with caution . Follow the white trail marks and soon you will hit the 10 mile river bridge and from there you will know where you are to safely get back to Bulls Bridge . GOOD LUCK AND HIKE SMART AND SAFE .This map helped me out , I'm not sure if I should have taken the left at the sign on the trail , but continued straight and LOOPED around .

Nice views in the spring and autumn.

I know this is a trail guide but may I suggest renting a canoe and do the 6 mile river paddle. We went through Clark Outdoors and it was an awesome day despite the 15 minutes of torrential down pour while in baby rapids

a good workout. be aware of black bear in Bear MT area. I did encounter one. Luckily I was unharmed.

This is a great hike, from Great Falls on up. Rand's View is one of the most beautiful spots on the CT section of the AT!

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