Easy afternoon hike to the Hublein Tower and teriffic 360 degree views of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, stretching as far as New York on a clear day! There is one wide trail, that extends up the ridgeline from a small parking area. The trail is wide enough for vehicles for most of it, btu is closed to motorized traffic. Simsbury Fire department uses it a few times a year for high angle rescue training. There is another trail that starts off the top of the driveway, near the Lifestar helipad, but is much rockier and steeper terrain. Stick to the main trail if you do not know the area; it is next to impossible to lose that trail. There are also plenty of smaller side trails that run closer to the ridgeline; be careful with smaller children as the edge can appear rather rapidly. Once at the top, if the tower is open, DO NOT pass it up! It's 120 steps to the obsevation deck on the tower, and along the way are great snapshots into local plant and animal life, and to how living was when the tower was occupied. During the fall, foliage views are excellent, and the senic trail is amazing leading to the tower.
Directly off Route 185. From Simsbury, follow RT 185 over the green brdge past Folly Farm, go up the hill, and the driveway for the trailhead is on the right.
From Bloomfield, follow past Wade's Farm Stand, up the hill, past the flashing yellow light, and Penwood State Forest; the parking area will be just past Penwood on the left.
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Posted By: skullygirl
- Wed Jan 07 16:33:09 UTC 2009
Upsidethis is one of my favourite hiking spots...year round! vistas are unsurpassed, as is the wildlife viewing.
there is a lesser-known side trail (a short distance from the tower, off the main trail) which is the blue-blazed metacomet trail. if you follow this down, it leads down past the main parking area (although not adjacent), across rte 185, and continues into pennwood state park... Downsidei find it more enjoyable in the winter, as many trails can become VERY crowded...especially during leaf peeping season. as a result, you will often find cast aside wrappers and garbage during these busy periods. annoying!!! :( Commentone comment....i have to disagree w the rating of this hike as "easy". please realize that although you DO drive a paved road up to the trailhead, this parking area is NOT at the ridge. there is quite a bit of an uphill hike before you reach the ridge, and it may not be suitable for some people. there are however, a couple benches for resting along the way, if needed. that being said....the initial uphill climib is, personally, my favourite part!! you can really get your cardio going if you haul :)