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Section Hike The Complete Mattabesett Trail: Section 7

This is one in a series of section hikes traversing the Mattabaesett Trail from North to South. Each hike will be 5 to 7 miles of moderate hiking over a 3 to 4 hour duration. The group will meet at the end of the trail head and car pool to the beginning. We will then hike via the blue trail, back to the cars and make arrangements to pick up the cars that were left at the start. It would be nice to have a group of people who are interested in completing all of the sections. Connecticut Forest and Park awards a patch to those who do so.

Section 7 – Millers Pond - Bear Rock- Coginchanug Cave

Distance: 5.1 mile

Terrain: This trail covers rocky terrain with some steep climbs. Excellent views from the summits reward the effort. Note: You will be walking in the Snow and Ice over rocky uneven surfaces, please outfit yourself accordingly.

Pace: A moderate pace with breaks for water and views but the intent is to cover the distance.

When: Sunday 10AM EST 3 March 2013

Meeting location: Millers Pond State Park parking lot on north side of Foot Hills Rd (Route 79). We will form car pools and drive to 400 Old Blue Hills Rd, in Durham where there will be road side parking

Who to look for: Red Dodge Wagon.

Food and Drink: A snack and a TWO quarts of water.

Après Hike Activities: Can someone from the area please post some suggestions in the comment area below.

Trail Map:

Background: The Mattabesett Trail is a 50-mile (80 km) long, hook-shaped Blue-Blazed hiking trail in central Connecticut and a part of the New England National Scenic Trail. One half of the trail follows the high traprock ridges of the Metacomet Ridge, from Totoket Mountain in Guilford, Connecticut to Lamentation Mountain in Meriden, Connecticut from south to north. This ridge is known for its biodiversity, miles of scenic cliffs, and rugged hiking. The second half of the trail extends north from Guilford to Middletown, Connecticut and ends at the Connecticut River. Here, the trail follows an upland of metamorphic rock with occasional views and dense forests.

Important features along the trail include Lamentation Mountain, Chauncey Peak, Higby Mountain, Besek Mountain, Fowler Mountain, Trimountain, Pistapaug Mountain, Totoket Mountain, the Broomstick Ledges, Seven Falls, and Coginchaug Cave. The Metacomet Trail continues north from Lamentation Mountain where the Mattabesett Trail leaves off.


The geology, ecology, and landscape of the trail are similar to that of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to the north in Massachusetts.

In 2000, the United States Congress authorized the National Park Service to research a new National Scenic Trail now tentatively called the New England National Scenic Trail in southern New England, which would include the Mattabesett Trail as well as the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and the Metacomet Trail.

The combination of the Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett trails is also often referred to as the '3-M', 'MMM' or Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail. The New England National Scenic Trail will eventually include all or almost all of the 'MMM' trails as well as a proposed extension trail from the southern-most point on the Mattabesett Trail through Guilford, Connecticut to the northern shore of Long Island Sound.[3]

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NOTE: Please make any general comments regarding how to improve or alter the overall processes of all the sections in the "Hike the Mattabesett FAQ" thread under the DISCUSSIONS tab. Questions and comments to this section should be posted below.

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  • Carolyn

    Yes - this group is SO well organized, they are now dressing alike!

    March 5, 2013

  • John

    Great group of strong hikers and well organized! Thanks for letting me tag along.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still love walking in the snow!

    March 4, 2013

  • nicholas w.

    solid work out.. a wonderful time.. a group of very strong hikers

    March 4, 2013

  • Carolyn

    BTW - I just LOVE you guys! I can't WAIT for the beret parade. Thanks.

    March 3, 2013

  • Brett CrossStuntry S.

    It wasn't dark, yet... We could've done 3 more miles... (Snore! {Fell asleep while typing...})

    March 3, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Challenging to the feet, but a wonderful workout and outing.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to get out again and hike with all of you again! Quite the hike in the snow!

    March 3, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Eli Cannon's sounds many beer on tap choices!

    February 26, 2013

  • Courtney

    I would like to go..I usually work weekends so I was excited to see this. If anyone wants to carpool from Danbury, that would be great.

    February 25, 2013

  • chris

    Sorry about the month long break between sections, but I am spending Febuary in a warmer climate.

    As always please feel free to recommned an Après Hike location. Being that it seems like we have hit ever place in Durham I was thinking about
    Eli Cannon's
    695 Main St
    Middletown, CT 06457

    February 2, 2013

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