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Great trail- cool views at the top. saw coyotes and a porcupine when I went a few days ago!

Went on this hike looking for something difficult. The trail is not hard at all. There were some wet areas to cross but overall the trail was very easy. Once you reach the "caves" it was a little treacherous climbing down due to the wet rocks. Fun trail as a warm up, but next time I will try the full 9 miles.

Incredibly well marked, and easy to follow. There were a couple steep parts, but the views from both outlooks were 100% worth it.

I was looking for a decent workout and thought this would fit the bill because it's rated as difficult. It is not. It's a moderate all day long. Not to say it wasn't cool. Just not what I expected.

This is quite the climb!

I hiled thus loop with AMC this week and really enjoyed it. The soft pine needle covered trails were much nicer than anything I could find near my home town of Southington. Check out my video recap on my LightWalker Channel.

For those looking for more detail.... I parked at the lot by Hillcrest/Hartland intersection. Was looking for the 9mi hike but went to the wrong spot. Hopped the guardrail across the street from the lot. This was about 2 miles to the natural caves, then I turned around and came back. It rained the last couple days, but trail was mostly dry/damp. There was a few pretty wet spots but I was able to get around them. It definitely was a bit buggy. Trail has a lot of roots and rocks, some flatter spots but not many. I absolutely adored this trail, it was so beautiful I stopped and took a lot of pictures. I'm pretty out of shape, so the uphill areas I needed to catch my breath but otherwise a pretty moderate trail.