Hike Level: Moderate, Wide Paths, Steep Grades, Beautiful Views from the top!
Hike Start Time: 10:00 AM
Hike Distance: 2.5 Miles
Hike Duration: About 1 1/2 hours
Water on Trail For Dogs: No- Bring water for dogs
The Hike: Heublein Tower trail, which is located in Simsbury and Bloomfield. There is ample parking located up the hill from the park entrance near the trail head. We will be following the yellow trail to the tower and then come back down.
The Tower trail is approximately 1.25 miles long, and will take us about 30-40 minutes up, a little shorter on the way down. There is a picnic area near the tower, so we can rest there before making our decent. The trail is approximately 6 feet wide at most parts, so it is easy to discern and follow. There are several vistas on the way up, and the view from the top is wonderful! We will probably take several breaks on the way up to rest and enjoy the various view near the summit.
Please bring water, at least 32 oz for yourself and some for your dog(s). Wearing good hiking boots or a hiking sneaker is strongly suggested due to the slope of the hike and possible leaf coverage on the trail. Dress in layers - its October, a windbreaker would be a good choice as it can be windy at the summit.
LEASH LAWS: As this is a state park, we are required to tell you that your dog must be leashed at all times while in the park, so if you do let your dog off leash, this is at your own risk. This time of year, not many people are on the trail, so it will be a little easier, but I will stop us before we get to a certain point due to the sheer cliffs off the side of the trail and remind you to leash your dogs until we pass these areas.
Safety: Safety is our number one concern, and this time of year, the conditions can be difficult to predict. If you are having difficulty at all during the hike, please let me know and we will have someone assist you, or help you and your dog back to your car.
Trail map link: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/stateparks/maps/talcgis.pdf.
Directions: See the State of CT's website: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325272
From I-91 North or South: Take Exit 35B, which is the Bloomfield Route 218 exit. This road is also known as Cottage Grove Road. Follow Cottage Grove Road heading west until you hit Route 185. Follow Route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill, the entrance to Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower will be on your left.
From I-84 Manchester Area: Take 291N to end, Follow signs towards Bloomfield Route 218 exit. Take a left at light towards Bloomfield and stay straight all the way, cross over Blue Hills Ave. on to Cottage Grove Road heading west. You will see Copaco's Plaza on your left and then CIGNA on your left, follow until you come to Route 185 intersection. Take right on to route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill, the entrance to Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower will be on your left just over the Simsbury town line. Follow up hill to parking area.
From I-84 West: Take the Route 44 Exit. Follow Route 44 heading west until you hit the intersection of Route 218. Take a right on Rte 218 and follow north until you hit Route 185 in Simsbury. Take a left on Route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill, Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower is on your left just over the Simsbury town line.
If you are going to be later or need directions you can reach me at:
See you on the trails,
MDOG Hikes Organizer
Our leaders work to ensure a safe environment at all activities. While safety is a priority, Manchester Dog Owners Group, Inc. (MDOG) has no control over the condition of the trails. Hikers hike at their own risk. MDOG shall not be held liable for any damage(s) hikers or their dogs incur while at an MDOG organized event/activity (including, but not limited to, MDOG Hikes). All hikes are organized as a group. MDOGasks all individuals to stay with the group. MDOG shall not be held responsible for hikers/dogs who become lost. Hikes may be steep or have difficult terrain. New hikers should consult a physician before starting any exerting activities. MDOG reserves the right to discern if a dog should be leashed and owners (group or individual) may be asked to do so. Owners should be aware of any property laws for hikes and are responsible for any and all fines and damage(s) incurred by themselves and/or their dog(s).