Time: 3 hours 52 minutes
Parking: Route 7, just north of intersection with Route 4, Litchfield, CT
GPS: N 41 degrees 49.290', W 073 degrees 22.560'
Rest rooms: None
Start at kiosk in parking area.
Follow blue blazed Mohawk trail.
Ascend Bread Loaf Mountain
Turn left (southbound) at intersection with AT.
Follow white blazed AT.
Detour: Turn left onto Old Sharon Road (dirt road) - walk .25 miles
Turn right onto Route 4 (busy road) - walk .25 miles
Turn left onto AT.
Ascend Silver Hill
Descend and arrive at Housatonic River.
Ascend Silver Hill.
Turn right onto Route 4 (busy road) - walk .30 miles
Turn left onto Route 7
Arrive at parking area on left.
Map: Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts Connecticut
This map shows the beginning of the hike including the detour: Housatonic Meadows Trail Map
Hike description: This is an out and mostly back hike. The parking lot isn't next to the AT. There is no parking where the AT crosses Route 7.
We had two choices - hike the Mohawk trail and turn left when it intersects the AT, or do a road walk on a road with fast moving cars, to the AT. We opted for hiking along the Mohawk trail. We reached the AT, but after a short while on it, there was a detour off the AT back to the road we were originally trying to avoid. There is a fast moving wide brook which has to be forded in order to cross. It was too dangerous to cross. There was a sign recommending a detour. I would try to avoid the road walk.
Post-hike dinner: Chipotle, Danbury, CT
Year to date miles: 12.7
|Sign at the parking area. Looking towards intersection of Route 4 and Route 7|
|Kiosk at the Mowhawk trail's trailhead|
|View from Bread Loaf Mountain|
|Intersection of Mohawk Trail and Appalachian Trail|
|Intersection of Mohawk Trail and Appalachian Trail. Turn Left on Appalachian Trail (southbound).|
|At an intersection with a gravel road, this sign recommends a detour. Guinea Brook was raging.|
We took the left onto this gravel road, and then right onto Route 4.
|View down to the brook - which looked more like a river.|
|Detour along Old Sharon Road. The detour has blue blazes.|
|Turning right onto Route 4.|
|Walking along Route 4, just before we reach the AT, where we take a left to continue southbound.|
|View of Silver Hill.|
|View near the summit of Silver Hill.|
|Short side trail to camping off of the AT.|
|Road crossing right before the Housatonic.|
|Housatonic River - the AT splits off what I assume is River Road on the right.|
|Another sign about the detour on the return trip.|