Mattabesett Trail, Asylum Reservoir Section

Posted By on August 5, 2014

Mattabesett Trail, Asylum Reservoir Section

3.5 miles, 2 mph; middletown, ct

i’ve been wanting to do this hike ever since reading this blog post. it looked intriguing. and it was very scenic and very challenging. the blue-blazed mattabesett trail, maintained by the connecticut forest and park association, is part of the new england trail, which runs from the connecticut shore to the massachusetts/new hampshire border in athol, ma.

reservoir #1

reservoir #2

as you can read in the above-referenced post, these reservoirs were built to service the state’s mental hospital in middletown, which is still in operation. there are three, creatively named asylum reservoir #1, asylum reservoir #2, and asylum reservoir #3. the blue-blazed mattabesett trail starts on brooks road and runs up the western shore of #2. there are some lovely views.

tiny forest

tiny forest

fungus shot! a batch of “lbms” (little brown mushrooms) on a log.

eesh. really?

eesh. really?

again, sorry for the two-toned look. this was the start of what would become a defining characteristic of the mattabesett: climbing granite outcroppings. i think this is the first time i ended up on all fours, but not the last.

view

asylum reservoir #1

the views were worth the climb. this is looking northwest out over reservoir #1.

signage

signage

i returned via a side, or loop trail, which was much easier than the main trail. the signage and blazing were very good overall, but the blazes were a bit more sparse on the loop trail.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder. the map in this entry is from etrailhead.net.

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