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Great hike, the “caves” were more like GIANT boulders and really fun to explore around. It was pretty wet in a lot of places so I would recommend water resistant hiking boots. Our dog loved it too!

Well marked , plenty of trails , hiked a loop ( 7.7 miles ) enjoyed , great views , well worth to reach the summit, will go back

definitely worth it nice up and down few wet spots but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry caves are pretty awesome and also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves near the top

oh yeah, I also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves

definitely worth it, few spots with mud and puddles but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry, caves are pretty awesome, highly recommended

Moderate to difficult climb to two nice lookouts. About 20 minutes the hard way (left, red and blue trail) or 45 via the switchback which takes you past the Indian settlement. Well worth it! There’s a pretty waterfall nobody talks about much, probably because it’s just a trickle most of the time. But today it was sunny and beautiful and we’d just had 5 inches of rain so it was spectacular.

A good trail. I recommend it. Some up and downs but nothing too crazy. It rained the day before I went and I saw all kinds of mushrooms on the trail.

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1 month ago

I liked the trail a lot for it's distance. Clocked 4.5 miles plus 1,400' of ascent down & back. Bouldered at the caves some. Man are there some hard problems over there!

Not much elevation, but very pretty trail that is nice and diverse (deciduous fern forest, pine groves, ledge). Boulders and caves were fun to explore. Trail was in good shape, a little muddy in spots. Important to stay on trail as there were signs for hunting areas.

2 months ago

tough start but well Worth it.

favorite trail in northern CT

Nice short easy hike, mostly a logging road. More people then I expected

Pretty good hike, ups and downs but nothing crazy. Brought my 2 yr old dog and it was perfect for him. A few sections seemed wet which seemed odd since we haven’t had any rain lately, not sure I’d recommend shortly after a storm. Views at this time of year were a little obstructed but I bet they are pretty nice in the fall when the leaves start falling.

good trail, well marked and nice views. the loop ended up at 6.7 miles, with some nice ups and downs.

trail running
3 months ago

Was less populated so I would suggest taking someone with you! Great trail, would hike again.

This was a cute, easy trail for the most part and had two stunning outlooks! would love to do it again in the fall.

I agree with previous comments, not difficult at all. Summit view was beautiful.

Beautiful views, and great hike..

4 months ago

Great spot for a hike, rock climb, and amazing view. View from the top is breathtaking. There’s an easy and moderate trail to get to the top. Would recommend this hike to friends, families with children, or couples. (Personal note: Came here with Kev 6/25/18.)

Unreal sunset spot

Hiked this counter clockwise.About 3/4 quarters of the hike is logging road but decent views to the East when you reach the peak of Pine Mountain .Solid rock ground at the top

I hiked this one a couple weeks ago. I would rate its difficulty as moderate.Nice forest setting but no peaks or outcrops to view the landscape.The caves were pretty cool but a little treacherous to climb down to. I was disappointed not to see the Indians in the cave.We must of arrived while they were out hunting game

Great hiking here! Gives you a great work out and our dog loves it too!

Great views, great family hike, we had kids ages 6-12. Trails easy to follow.

Really nice trail, bit of elevation gain/loss but not too bad. Lots of geocaches along the way. Not a ton of views.

11 months ago

it wasn't so hard, and a lot of fun. the view was nice! definitely would do it again

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

This trail was listed as a 7 mile trail. However after my girlfriend and I finished the loop, it was a total of 9.4 miles. Beautiful hike from the beginning to the end. Breathtaking views from the south and north peaks. Along the trail we came upon the Cut Off Falls Trail. The falls were beautiful and only detoured us for about 100 feet. We came across two boulders on the path. In another review on this app, I read the boulders were nicknamed “ Gods Dice “. We were exhausted after the hike but as always it was worth it!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I loved this trail. I took the left fork, Fall Cutoff trail on the way up. It was rocky and somewhat steep, but I enjoyed the workout. Views at the top are well worth it. I took the Jesse Girard/Lighthouse trail down, which was easier in terms of a more gradual descent. I hike every weekend, and this might be my favorite in CT so far.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great hike! Tried a shorter trail today got turned around

trail running
Sunday, October 08, 2017

This should not be rated hard. It's a great trail run but definitely not hard.

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