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Deans Ravine is across Music Mountain Road from private property. There is a parking lot at the TOP of the hill on Music Mountain Road for the public. It is not accessible from our home or our driveway at 435 Music Mountain Road.

Nice run in a really interesting area. This is s good one.

Awesome! You have to experience it for yourself. Well marked.

I would do this hike again. Prospect Mountain had a small summit with a little view where we stopped and ate our lunch. It took about 45 minutes to summit from the parking lot. Rand's View is really amazing! Definitely one of the best I have seen in CT. I dropped one star for bugs. We used DEET spray and we're still getting swarmed by the black flies. Eventually we gave up and turned around before summiting Raccoon Hill bc of the bugs. Still views made it worth it.

Great trail. Beautiful overlook. Definitely head down to the field for Rand’s View.

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We went on a Saturday morning in June and it was fantastic. Although a warm day, the paths are mostly shaded so it remained comfortable. The meadows are beautiful and the view from the top worth the climb. It is definitely a moderate hike with some challenging portions. Took us two hours from the dam to the large meadow and back, which included a few short breaks. Highly recommended!

I dont recommend the second half to barrack mtn unless you have gps/compass. The trail becomes unmarked after the viewpoint, but fun if you are prepared to bushwhack. Steep rocks at points.

The Saturday I was there was overcast and dreary with no view of the Berkshires from Rand's view and a slight view from Mount Prospect. On the plus side The Great Falls were RAGIN!! Had a nice picnic at Rand's view will definitely return one day when the weather is nice!!

there are some great views on this hike — not just the gorgeous meadow at rand's view, but also the view from mt. prospect and a nice variety of woodlands. i second the suggestion to drive past the marked trailhead and park in the lot by the dam. you can pick up the trail just across the road from there. lots of poison ivy along the trail, so keep your eyes out. but there are also some nice wildflowers blooming right now, especially goldenrod.

Rand's View is just incredible, there's nothing in CT like it. Instead of parking where the directions for this takes you, I recommend driving up further until you find a parking lot on the right which is near the dam. It's a 1.8 mile hike from there to the summit of Mt. Prospect. The beginning and end parts of the hike are easy, the middle gets steep. Thankfully it peters out and the last quarter mile or so is pretty flat. The view at the summit is good, though a bit limited with the trees on the side. The hike down to Rand's View was very easy, only about another 15 minutes. I didn't go any further onto Raccoon Hill, so the total hike for me was about 6 miles with roughly 1000 feet of elevation gain. Total hike time for me was 2 hours 47 minutes. It was cloudy when I went but still had a fantastic view. Best in CT!

Great hike with a unique payoff at Rand's View. Was lucky to have the meadow all to myself, as I arrived early. Unfortunately it was a bit misty and foggy in the distance so the view was not all it might have been. Still super cool. I didn't hike as far as the AllTrails route indicates, but I did check out Giant's Thumb and went a little beyond that, until I saw the trail heading steeply downhill. Mount Prospect view is nice, though not spectacular. But it's a good place to rest for a while before chugging along to Rand's View. Lots of nice ups and downs on this trail, but nothing too taxing.

Just tried to follow this map yesterday. When other people say "unmarked" trail it actually means no trail. Follow the blue. Great views from the summit though. Must have a compass or gps.

Some views at the beginning, but there is a large portion of the hike where there is no trail and you end up on private property. If you do this trail bring your phone/ gps to navigate that section. The ravine was amazing once your got to it about 4 or so miles in.

I'm planning a hike here this year. is there a place to park?

Great place even with all the snow!

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

East side of loop, a lot of unmarked trails and woods roads to follow. Trespassing may be an issue, we were told we were on private property by dude in pick up truck on Rocky Road. Otherwise a good hike, the falls in the ravine were spectacular. Don't attempt loop if you're not comfortable walking unmarked and unmapped trails.

Beautiful falls! Have to see! Trail well traveled up to top of Mt Prospect. Limited views but views nonetheless. Tried to extend my walk to Raccoon Hills but found the trail heading downward and my legs tired out and knew I had to go back down Mt Prospect to where I started.

Unquestionably one of the best views in CT. Park down by the Great Falls at Falls Village and take the Appalachian Trail up. Rand's view is roughly 3 miles from there. Little bit tough going up Prospect Mountain, but at the top there is a cool view of Canaan Mountain. Just go a little bit farther until you reach a meadow that just doesn't belong in the Connecticut Countryside. Highly recommend it for anyone!

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