Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield, CT

January 1, 2014

Miles: 1.6
Time:  1 hour

Parking: Route 202, Litchfield, CT. Turn at sign for park, and park in parking lot next to Tower Trail sign.

Rest rooms: Yes, and more near the beach are.

Hike directions: AMC's Best Day Hikes Connecticut Hike #13 (this is the older edition of the book).
We missed the turn that would have made this a loop, so we did an out and back.

Map: Mount Tom State Park

Hike description: Easy and very short. Gentle climb to the summit. At the summit there is a tower which you can climb to the top off and get 360 degree views. Saw just 2 groups on the trail.
We came across two spots of thick solid ice. We carefully walked across the first patch.
The second patch was on a climb, but we could easily walk up the right side of it.

I combined this with another short hike at White Memorial Conservation Center, just a few miles away.

Post-hike dinner: Chipotle, Danbury, CT

Year to date miles:   6.3

Sign for the Tower Trail parking area

The trail is yellow blazed

Thick solid ice, even the dogs had problems

View just below the tower

Summit tower

Summit marker on the top of the tower

Views from the top of the tower

Must I pose?

View from tower keyhole

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