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.
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.