Estimated distance: 6.02 miles
Weather: 55°F, sunny
Resources: McLean Game Refuge Map
Highlights of the trip: fall colors
Progress toward 2016 hiking goals: 49/52 hikes; 186.15/250 miles; 31.37/25 miles on Tunxis Trail
Today, I worked on my quest to see how the trails in the main part of McLean Game Refuge connect to those over near Broad Hill Road. I wrote about my Broad Hill Road hike (#44) and how I went part way on the white-blazed Eddy Loop Trail. If I had continued I would have ended up on Firetown Road. In this hike, I started on Canton Road, hiked through the main part of the Refuge over to the corner of Barndoor Hills and Simsbury Roads. I crossed Simsbury Road and hiked over to the parking area on Firetown Road. By wallking just a short distance on Firetown (I could see the sign), I could connect to the Eddy Loop Trail and keep on going over to Broad Hill Road.
|The field in the main part of the Refuge just before heading down to Barndoor Hills Road.|
After crossing Simsbury Road, I climbed up and over a small hill and wound my way down to a small field. Pretty view with the trees changing color.
I continued over to Firetown Road and crossed over to look at the (non-existent) waterfall. The Eddy Loop was just up the road to the right.
After looking at the waterfall, I headed back. It is a really nice trail and I wonder how much it gets used. I saw no one out here today.
I think my next step will be to have a friend join me so we can spot our cars and hike all the way through from Broad Hill to Canton. Based upon my out and back mileage for this hike and the one on Broad Hill, I am guessing a through hike would be a little over 6 miles.