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Hartford, CT: Mohawk Trail

Traversing 5.4 miles up and around Coltsfoot Mountain in western Connecticut, this shuttle hike ambles through shaded forest past bubbling brooks and wildflower stashes.

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After stashing a car near the eastern end of the trail, shuttle a few miles west and walk up the ominously-named Dark Entry Road for 0.6 mile where the Coltsfoot Mountain section of the Mohawk Trail disappears into the woods. The trail continues to climb at a moderate pace as it runs across, and then alongside, a small forest stream.

Leaving this cascading brook behind, the hike continues toward an overlook on Coltsfoot that peers east to Mohawk Mountain. Continue north from the overlook passing oddly-shaped boulders (perfect picnic spots) and scattered wildflower stashes. The trail descends Coltsfoot on a short stretch of steep, rocky terrain before leveling out for 0.6 mile before joining the road. With plenty of chipmunks and birds for company along the way, this trip is a Connecticut classic.

Note: This trail may be closed October 22nd through November 5th.

-Mapped by Genny Fullerton

TO TRAILHEAD: Western Trail Parking in Cornwall Bridge, CT: Travel east on Route 4 from the intersection of Route 4 and Route 7. The parking area will be on the right side of the road within a couple hundred feet.

Eastern Trail Parking in Cornwall, CT: From the intersection of Route 4 and Route 7, travel east roughly 3 miles. Turn right onto Jewell Street and immediately bear right. Jewell Street turns right and becomes Valley Road. Bear left onto Essex Hill Road.  Park at Cathedral Pines on the left.

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