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Birch Mountain Rd. Blue & White Trail Loop (Hike Level- Moderate)

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Hike Level: Moderate, Single Track, Wide Paths, Some Hills, Stream Crossings

Hike Start Location: Birch Mountain Road in Glastonbury at the "Yellow Iron Gate"

Hike Start Time: 10:00 AM

Hike Distance: 3.6 Miles

Hike Duration: About 1 1/2 hours

Water on Trail For Dogs: YES But bring some to be safe


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. MDOG asks 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).

The Hike: This is a nice hike. We will start out on Birch Mountain Road in Glastonbury at the "Iron Gate" as I call it, that leads into the pipeline. We will cross over the pipeline and follow a relatively flat path to a stream with an easy crossing just before we enter the blue and white trail.

From there we will follow the blue and white trail as it winds through the woods. Then make a left turn at the "Rock Pile" onto the Blue trail "Shenipsit trail" and make a short climb up hill until we reach Pine Ledge. This is a camp fire spot surrounded by pine trees with a nice view of Hartford. Here we can take a rest and enjoy the view.

Then we will follow the Blue trail back down cross over the trail we started on and make a long loop up to the power lines and make our way back to the Blue and White trail which will take us back to Birch Mountain Road.

This is the longest hike we do and it does have several short hills to climb which can make it harder for some. This hike is worth it and your dog will be out for the of the day after this hike!

Directions To Manchester:

From the south take 91N to 84E to 384E
From the north take either 91S to 84E to 384E or take 291S to 84W/384E
From the west take 84E to 384E
From the east take 84W to 384E

Take Exit 4, "Highland Street"
Stop sign at end of ramp. Take left and the a right at traffics light on to highland street.. Highland park market will be across the street.

Follow highland street and take first right after you go under the bridge on to Birch Mountain Road.

Follow Birch Mountain Road, at stop sign, bear right onto Villa Louisa Road/Birch Mountain Road towards Glastonbury. Once you cross over the Glastonbury town line look for Tamarac Dr. on your left. Go past Tamarack Dr. and on your right look for large boulders and an Iron Gate that leads into the pipeline. Find a place to park on the side of the road. There is a fairly wide shoulder on this part of Birch Mountain Road.

From Glastonbury Hebron Ave. Route 94
Follow Birch Mountain Road past the power lines and old apple orchard where the new houses have been build. The road will go down hill slightly, at this point look for the Pipeline and Iron Gate on your left.

You will see my car (Black Ford Escape) parked on the side of the road so everyone should be able to find it OK.

If you are going to be late or need directions you can reach me at:

860.713.8376 or at

See you on the trails,


MDOG Hikes Organizer


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