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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Talcott Mountain
Simsbury, CT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Yellow Trail
The Yellow Trail

Route: Summit Ridge Drive, Yellow Trail

Paved roadwalk was dry and snow free. Yellow Trail had a coating of snow all the way to Heublein Tower. A few minor icy spots, but no need for traction.

Huge bang for the buck on this one. Lots of nice cliff lookouts along the way on this gradual trail (more of a woods road). Heublein Tower was closed for the winter, but is very impressive to look at. Never seen anything like it on a New England mountain before. Presumably there are panoramic views from the tower, but with it closed, there are still excellent views to the west.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Talcott Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Parking Elevation: 460'
Destination: Talcott Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 560'
Summit Elevation: 950'
Vertical Gain: 400'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:42
Hike Vertical Gain: 510'

The Yellow Trail trailhead
The Yellow Trail trailhead

Heublein Tower
Heublein Tower

Looking northwest from Talcott Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest from Talcott Mountain

Topographic map of Talcott Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From US 44 west of Hartford, take Route 185 northwest. Summit Ridge Drive will eventually be on the left in Penwood State Forest. In winter months, the first portion of the road may be plowed, however the balance of it is gated, resulting in a short walk to the trailhead.

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