Mount Misery Loop

Posted By on November 18, 2016

Mount Misery Loop

6.5 miles; Voluntown, CT

It’s been literally 4 1/2 years since I hiked this, and not much has changed about the hike, but a lot has changed about me. Then it was an epic journey. Today, just another great day in the woods. And I got to kinda sorta see the wind farm in western Coventry from the top of Mt. Misery.

CCC Camp Monument

CCC Camp Monument

I started my hike from the site of an old CCC Camp, Camp Lonergan. Both times. There’s not much left from the work of the CCC here, but there is a nice plaque.

Beautiful Blue Reflections

Beautiful Blue Reflections

I basically followed the Pachaug Trail from the CCC memorial, then took a turn west on some of the gravel Park roads. This little pond is just past the Frog Hollow Horse Camp. From here I took a couple of the yellow-diamond-blazed CT Horse Council routes.

Dry Reservoir

Dry Reservoir

Ultimately, I rendezvoused with the CFPA’s blue-blazed Nehantic Trail, and followed it south to the old dry reservoir and its intersection with the Pachaug Trail. There, the two trails share the route that goes over Mt. Misery. It was along the Nehantic that I met a guy with his small child on his shoulders. Neither he nor the kid had on a stitch of blaze orange, and he seemed surprised to discover that hunting was allowed in this part of the Pachaug State Forest. Indeed, I had earlier passed a hunter just off the Pachaug Trail. The Arcadia Wildlife Management Area in Rhode Island is very clearly marked as a hunting area at every single entrance, but I never saw any signage to similar effect in the Pachaug. Kind of an oversight, dontcha think, CT DEEP?

Wind Farm from Atop Mt. Misery. Honest.

Wind Farm from Atop Mt. Misery. Honest.

I know, I know, crappy photo. But if you kind of squint, you can sorta kinda see… oh, never mind. Just trust me, they’re there. Five big wind turbines in Western Coventry, RI.

Mt. Misery Track (click to view more details)

Mt. Misery Track (click to view more details)

This is a map of my hike. You can find out more about all the trails in this part of the Pachaug State forest here. Trailhead: 41.594450, -71.864846.

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