Higby Mountain Hike; Connecticut Mountains
Mileage: 3.8 Miles Directions
Rise: 900 FT Facebook
Hike Time: 1.5 Hrs Weather
Significance: Views Snow Pack
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This suburban hike has two uphill climbs, one before the views and one after. The first hill has a rise of about 400 ft in elevation. It is rocky in some places but very tolerable, the kids zipped right up it. The trail is well marked with blue blazes. We were here on a Saturday and it was not very busy but the parking area along the highway is limited so you had better get there early.
The top of the first hill is where all the main views are. This part of the trail runs about a 1/2 mile and you will see an almost constant view of the valley as walk along steep cliffs. The rocky edge was the coolest part and it is what persuaded me to drive the 3 hours here. The trail runs pretty close to the edge at times but in most places it was optional. The fear here of course is that the kids will fall 80 feet to the rocky bottom, but while their is an element of danger I found it very manageable. .
I wanted a view of the north so we kept on the trail and headed up the next hill. The trail after the cliffs is similar to the first hill, it is rocky in places but has only about 200 ft rise in elevation. We made it to the top of the second mountain and all we found was a limited view of of the west. I was later told that had I walked another half mile I would have found my view of the north, oh well.
The one complaint I have about this place is the noise. The traffic from Interstate 91 could be heard through most of the hike, on top of that the Cicadas were in season and they we screaming. In spite of the irritation it was worth getting out of the car to see the awesome cliffs of Higby Mountain.
Check out nearby Mount Tom Tower. Ct is great for hiking, check it out!!!