Nipmuck Trail

| December 20, 2012

Nipmuck Trail

7.56 miles   ★★★★★ today was as close as i could get to a solstice hike. this property was absolutely fantastic. what a gorgeous place to hike. it really felt wild. i encountered some sort of water mammals (otters? beaver? muskrats?)—could see the splashes they were making, and they were yanking on low branches that hung […]

Shelter & Breakheart Trails

| December 6, 2012

Shelter & Breakheart Trails

8.16 miles   ★★★½ the couple of times i hiked these trails earlier this year, i followed the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. this time, in order to spice things up a bit, i went in a clockwise direction. i also did an extra loop on the shelter trail that took this into 8+ mile territory. i […]

Salmon River Trail

| December 3, 2012

Salmon River Trail

7.38 miles   ★★★★★ you gotta love a hike that starts (and ends) on a 175-year-old covered bridge! this is a beautiful hike. pretty strenuous, with 400+ foot elevation changes, but worth it. this was a ct forest & park association blue-blazed trail, and was pretty clearly marked and well-maintained. this is the comstock covered bridge […]

Big Mount Misery Loop

| November 30, 2012

Big Mount Misery Loop

8.56 miles   ★★½ i had so much fun doing the (almost) 8-mile vin gormley trail on monday that i decided to do another 8-miler, this time in the pachaug state forest. well, i found out there’s a big difference between (almost) 8 miles on a flat, well-traveled footpath and 8 1/2 miles on what were […]

Vin Gormley Trail

| November 26, 2012

Vin Gormley Trail

7.88 miles   ★★★★½ the first time i walked this, i didn’t get very far. i got kind of lost and turned around after less than 2 miles. [i also obviously hadn’t gotten the hang of this whole blogging thing, either!] the second time i walked this we were much more ambitious, but i had a […]

Arcadia Trail

| October 24, 2012

Arcadia Trail

7.19 miles   ★★★★★ the usual suspects hike today was the entirety of the arcadia trail. we did a car spot. it was cold and dreary, but not so cold i couldn’t wear shorts! this is an extremely pretty trail, whose only fault is the almost omnipresent road noise from route 95. i guess i don’t […]

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