Sunday, January 19, 2014

CT Appalachian Trail - Section 4 - Dawn Hill Road to Stewart Hollow Lean To

January 19, 2014

Miles: 5.5
Time: 2 hours 32 minutes

Parking: Intersection of River Road and Dawn Hill Road, Cornwall Bridge, CT. 
GPS: N 41 degrees 48.479', W 073 degrees 23.475'
There is room for around 4-5 cars alongside the road.

Rest rooms: Privy at Stewart Hollow Lean To

Hike directions: 
Start down River Road (unpaved road at this point). After a short distance the AT splits off to the left (next to the Housatonic) away from River Road. Continue along the AT until the blue blazed side for Stewart Hollow Lean To. Retrace steps.

Map: Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts Connecticut

Hike description: This is an easy hike, with virtually no elevation gain. The hike parallels the Housatonic River, which I don't let my dogs swim in - it is fast moving, and polluted with PCB's I've learned. Part of the hike passes by bucolic fields - which can't be walked on during growing season, but can be in the winter. What a great place to let your dogs run! We did see cross country skiers in the fields as well. There were a LOT of off lead dogs (mostly labs) on this hike, so this hike is best for dogs with very good social skills that don't mind other dogs running at them.

Post-hike dinner: Chipotle, Danbury, CT

Year to date miles:   18.2

The hike starts out on River Road.

The highlight of the hike was these fields.

Passing by a blue blazed trail on the right for Stoney Brook Campsites.

Our turn around point

We stopped by the lean to.

Glen reading the trail register while I had a snack.

On the way back, we let the dogs run in the fields

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a different world that is in the winter! I remember how bad the bug were when I was there in the summer - guess you didn't have that problem!