Day Hike Notes – New England Trail

Metacomet Trail, Suffield

On Suffield Mountain

Connecticut’s Metacomet Trail runs 62 miles from the Massachusetts line at Suffield to the Hanging Hills north of Meriden.  It is now a segment of the 215-mile New England Trail (Long Island Sound to New Hampshire). My daughter and I hope to section-hike the Metacomet Trail this year, and perhaps continue south to the Sound, if we have time and energy.

This hike was our first section (not counting a short out-and-back Metacomet hike last fall). Except for a fierce NW wind, this northernmost section was a gentle introduction, a jog over a series of low summits on the trap rock ridge. I was reminded again that, no matter how small Connecticut is and even if I live here another 17 years, there will always be more to discover. Nice feeling.

DATE: Friday, February 26th.
START: Hiker parking on Rising Corner Rd, Southwick MA.
FINISH: Rte 20, East Granby CT.
ROUTE: Metacomet Trail south.
DISTANCE: 7.7 miles.
TIME: 4.5 hours (11:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
TERRAIN: Mostly gentle and dry (despite recent rain). Summits about 400 feet higher than trailheads.
MAP: AMC/CFPA New England Trail Map & Guide.

WEATHER: Sunny, cold (low 30s), and windy.
WILDLIFE: Nothing of note.
PHOTOS: Here.

BREAKFAST: McDonalds on the road.
LUNCH: With our backs to the wind on, I think, West Suffield Mtn.
UPS: Hiking with my daughter.
DOWNS: Not one.
KIT: Four layers, wooly hat, and long johns much appreciated.
COMPANY: We had the trail to ourselves.

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