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Nipmuck Trail - Section 4, the northern trail terminus

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Event Rating: Level 4, Difficult

Recommended for members who have completed one or more Level 3 hikes

Distance: ~10.8 miles

Time Duration: ~5 hours (Loop hike, no car spotting this time)

Blaze Orange: recommended

The Nipmuck Trail extends 36 miles from Route 6 at the south end of Mansfield CT to the CT / MA state border. We will hike this trail in 4 sections, each one about 11.5 miles. (Yes I know the math doesn’t add up, I added in a few interesting / more challenging side trails to two of the shorter sections.) The terrain along this trail is easy to moderate most of the way, with a few bigger hills in the last two sections. 

Section 4 begins at Bigelow Hollow State Park, off of Route 171 in Union CT, and extends 3.5 miles to the CT/MA state boundary. Since there is only 3.5 miles of the Nipmuck left here, I added two more trails to make a more worthy and scenic hike. From trail's end we will follow the Breakneck Pond View Trail back to Park Road, then take the Mashapaug Pond view loop trail for a total distance of about 10.5 miles. Scenery along the route includes several pond views, rocky ledges, and a beaver dam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be a loop hike, so no car shuttling.

There is an excellent trail map for the first half with a topo base at:

http://www.ctxguide.com/nipmuck_006.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a map of the Bigelow Hollow Trails at CT DEEP's web site at:

http://ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/big_nipm.pdf

Directions from Ocean State Job Lot, Johnston RI to Bigelow Hollow State Park (link to map)

From the CT/RI border, follow Route 101 to Route 44 west in Pomfret Center. Follow Route 44 to Route 198 north in Eastford. Follow Route 198 to Route 171, turn left. Follow Route 171 to Bigelow Hollow State Park. Continue along the park road about 0.1 - 0.2 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the right.

I strongly recommend printing out a map of the route and turn by turn directions from your starting location to the point on the map link above - cell phones and GPS aren't reliable out here, and when you lose the signal and don't have a map and the road signs are missing and you hear the banjos start playing, well that's when the frustration and unpleasant language begin.

As always, don't forget to dress properly - layers, waterproof breathable windbreaker, no cotton, sturdy hiking boots, etc. Bring plenty of water and some energy-boosting snacks to power through to the finish.

If there is interest we will go for a re-hydration/food stop afterwards. There are some good restaurants in Putnam. Its a half hour from the end point, but seems to be the first decent civilization heading toward RI.

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  • Jim F

    Congrats to Lysa for completing all 4 sections of the Nipmuck Trail! (Except for the western branch (Did I forget to mention there is a an 8 mile sequel?))
    The nipmuck trail is 36-39 miles, depending on whose trail maps you read. Lysa do you have the total GPS mileage of all 4 sections?

    November 24, 2013

  • Leanne A

    Nice shots Jim.

    November 24, 2013

  • Jim F

    A wonderful day! beautiful brisk weather with a wind chill that kept us lively, wonderful scenery and terrain. And best, 4 fit co-hikers who helped keep it moving. Thanks for sharing an uplifting day of backwoods touring exercize!

    BWT the 13.28 mile distance (according to Lysa's GPS) is a new personal best for me since a few decades back! I had calculated it as 10.5 based on the Walk CT book - I take the error in distance calculation as something to plan for more carefully in the future, and am glad that all of us were good with the extra distance - I viewed it as "Bonus Wilderness Time".

    November 24, 2013

  • Halina S.

    Even though it was cold our spirits were hot supported by great company, perfect organization plan and beautiful hiking views. Thank you Jim.

    November 24, 2013

  • Lysa A.

    Jim, We did it! 13.28 miles and none of us froze! LOL It was a great 4 Sundays on the trail. Thank you for all of your planning.

    November 24, 2013

  • Brenda

    Thanks Jim-Nice job. The final loop was beautiful

    November 24, 2013

  • Carolyn W.

    Is anyone carpooling tomorrow?

    November 23, 2013

    • Halina S.

      I just saw your post today if you like carpool with me I can meet you at Daves parking lot at 8:30a

      November 24, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I'm not sure I will be able to hike this since it's been hard to walk. Last Sunday during a "bio" break I came into contact with some kind of poison! How The..What The ...arrrgh This is a warning to others who might be allergic to poison ivy, oak or whatever gives a person a pain in the butt!

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • Lysa A.

      Hope you are feeling better! I'm going to miss you.

      November 23, 2013

    • Jerilyn S S.

      I will miss everyone, please have a safe hike! xo

      November 24, 2013

  • Leanne A

    It is very unfortunate for me that this series was offered on Sunday. I wish I could have done all of them.

    November 20, 2013

    • Jim F

      Sorry you can't join us, but its for a good reason - the Midstate trail. I'll probably do this series again. I like Sundays because there is no hunting here.

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • Lysa A.

      I like Sundays too!

      November 23, 2013

  • Halina S.

    Jerilyn feel better soon!

    November 21, 2013

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