Mattabesett Trail Durham, CT
Nothing refreshes my spirit like a good hike. Recently, I had the opportunity to go out for a couple of days, and decided on a section of the Mattabesett Trail here in Connecticut. I started at Rt. 17 in Durham and followed the Connecticut Forest & Park Associations blue-blazes up Pistapaug Mountain, overlooking Pistipaug Pond. Next, was the ascent of Fowler Mountain.
This too had a great view of water; the Ulbrich Reservoir to my left. After coming off this peak, I came across a very steep scree area on the trail. Getting good footing was tough because leaves covered all the loose rock. The trail continues along Tilcon Property; you can hear work being done 24hrs a day. After staying at a quaint shelter near Durham, I continued north the next day towards Beseck Mountain. The scenery along this stretch of trail (Rt. 68 to Rt. 66) was absolutely stunning. The trail is literally on top of the ridge, with steep drop-offs to the left the whole time. I had to alternately watch my footing, as I was enjoying the views.Finally, the trail passes Black Pond then veers east into the woods and down to Rt. 147 in Middlefield. Although I hiked less than 12 miles, I was blown away by how rugged, yet well maintained this section was. If you’d like to explore this trail, stop by a Trailblazer or Denali, and get a copy of the Connecticut Walk Book: West today!