Pachaug SF, Gallup Road Loop

Posted By on January 1, 2015

Pachaug SF, Gallup Road Loop

2.81 miles; voluntown, ct

not a great start to 2015. i just couldn’t motivate, till the hubs dragged me out to do a quick ramble in the pachaug state forest, near green falls pond. on the plus side, i got to hike another small section of the cpfa trails i hadn’t hiked before, the orange + blue blazed green falls pond trail.

another more typical hike "with" the hubs

another more typical hike “with” the hubs

naturally, he was off to the races. his normal hiking speed is over 3 miles per hour, and mine is about 2-1/2 miles per hour on a good day. he even did a longer loop than i did, and he still passed me before i got back to the car.

the trail we followed was mostly a woods road that had seen a lot of motorized vehicle traffic—lotta rocks and loose sand. the exception was the cfpa trail along the western shore of green falls pond, which was bouldery and root-filled and a much more typical hiking trail. it was a blast.

icy pond

icy pond

green falls pond was covered with a thin coating of ice. it’s been pretty cold here lately.

ice crystals

ice crystals

and i came across this in a couple of places, where the ice had formed crystalline structures and then shattered. i have no idea what causes it, but it’s pretty cool looking.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder.  trailhead, trail map

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