Alan's Trail Report
The January 2019 Trail update:
Barkhamsted has added new 5 foot tall sign posts at all the trail junctions in Peoples State
Forest. Don’t miss the new boardwalk into Beaver Marsh Pond off the Agnes Bowen Trail.
Farmington has created a new trail for their New England Trail Middle Section which has
been added to their Trail System web site.
Burlington trails provide the most adventure. It is important to read the trail description of the
hike to be sure you are comfortable with the challenges. Burlington has the most technical
trails in the Valley (6 Class 2 trails), as well as the most stream crossings, many without a
traditional bridge. There are also a large number of new mountain bike trail crossings that
might look like your hiking trail. The mountain bike trails never use blue to mark their trails
and many of them are unmarked. The blue blaze trail junction signs are 50 years old and
may have fallen to the base of the tree. Having a copy of the trail map and text is important
because they describe where to find the trail junctions.
The big change in the Farmington Valley is the closing of the Tunxis Trail where it crosses
Saw Mill Road in Burlington, due to a new housing development (about 0.25 miles on either
side of the road). Please check back for future Trail Report updates.
The beauty of hiking the CCC Triple Crown is that it is designed for an individual, family,
or group to do on their own. Most of these hikes are half day loops that require just one car
to drive to the trailhead. The trail map and description can be placed on your cell phone. By
reading the text you will know the miles, vertical feet, and hiking time to plan each hike.
The BLT also does group hikes for the VMC. These hikes are normally loop hikes less
than 4.0 miles long, that are completed in under 3 hours. These hikes are limited to a group
of 12 and registration is requested. Check the BLT web site for VMC hikes.