Estimated distance: 6.04 miles*
Weather: 60°F, sunny, started clouding up
Resources: CFPA Interactive Map, Nepaug State Forest Trail Map
Highlights of the trip: Ratlum Brook dam, view of Farmington River from Route 44
Progress toward 2016 hiking goals: 28/52 hikes; 103.73/250 miles; 23.2/25 miles on Tunxis Trail
My overall thoughts on this hike: The beginning part on either side of Ratlum Road was okay, but nothing spectacular; I didn't really care for the road walk on Route 44; I don't feel the need to go back to Nepaug State Forest.
We took two cars again and dropped one in the parking lot off Route 202 in Nepaug State Forest. We drove back up to Ratlum Road and started our hike just north of Ski Sundown. We had to walk down Ratlum a short distance before heading into the woods.
|We didn't start at a high point, I forgot to turn on the app. Missing the initial ascent.|
This first section of our hike was nice, but there were no real views or streams. Just a walk in the woods (which is fine). We crossed Ratlum Road and climbed again and came back down near a pretty little pond created by a dam across Ratlum Brook.
|Dam across Ratlum Brook.|
|Ratlum Brook pond with a few Canada geese.|
The blaze we could see down the driveway, soon directed us off the driveway and down a series of switchbacks to a dirt road (Farmington River Turnpike/Puddletown Road). The walk along this road was very pretty. As we approached the corner with Breezy Hill, there was a beautiful farm with sheep and geese. Very picturesque.
|The walk along Farmington River Turnpike.|
|View of Farmington River from Route 44.|
Near the very end of the trail, the blue blazes head off into a single-track into the woods. Finally! We ended up back on the park road not far from our car.
As a side note, when we were dropping the car off at Nepaug, we noticed the Nepaug Reservoir on the south side of Route 202. It looked beautiful and I wondered if there was a trail around it. I found this website which has a map of the reservoir. It does not look like you can go completely around, but might be worth checking out.
* Forgot to start app again! Not too much distance lost. Tunxis trail mileage will be based on Connecticut Walk Book.