Sunday, May 4, 2014

CT Appalachian Trail - Section 3 - West Cornwall Road to Sharon Mountain

April 27 and May 3, 2014

April 27 attempt:

Miles: 1.9 miles - we had to turn around
May 3rd:
Miles 10.9
Time: 6 hours 23 minutes
Total elevation gain: 3,528 feet

Year to date miles:   144.4

Parking: West Cornwall Road, room for only 3 cars in a narrow area off the side of the road. In the winter, there was no parking here due to snow. GPS coordinates: N 41 degrees 52.409', W 073 degrees 23.467'.

Rest rooms: none

Hike directions: 

From parking area, head north into the woods (opposite side of the street).
Hike uphill and through Rodger's Ramp.
Pass side trail to Pine Swamp Brook Lean-to.
Pass Sharon Mountain Road (a gravel road)
Hike over Mt. Easter.
Pass Sharon Mountain Campsite.
Pass first summit of Sharon Mountain.
Pass Hang Glider View (overlooks Lime Rock Race Track).
Continue to second summit of Sharon Mountain.
Descend to woods road.
Return to car.

Map: Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts Connecticut  or Connecticut Walk Book West

Hike description: 

This hike was challenging for us. The beginning of the hike goes steeply uphill, without a chance to warm up. After that, the hike has a lot of ups and downs with level spots in between. The views were okay, nothing spectacular. There is a lot of noise from Lime Rock Race Track when you get in that area. The trail crosses a few streams, good for the dogs.We got caught in a light rain shower, but the sun came out afterwords, and we had a nice sunset. The red efts came out too.

Rodger's Ramp

Moxie climbing up through the crack.

Crossing Sharon Mountain Road


Labeled on the map as "Hang glider view". To the right is the race track.

Our turnaround point - a woods road.

Someone created an AT sign

We got caught in a rain shower. After it ended, we saw a few red efts.
It must be spring!

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