Simsbury Land Trust Trails
I can point directly to the Simsbury Land Trust as the sole reason I decided one day to expand my hiking horizons past the CFPA trails. Heck, I can point to the exact date, time and place it happened. October 12, 2008, late morning on the Cathles Trail in northwest Simsbury. I can’t remember why, exactly, I decided to check out that trail on that day, but it was during two days of intense McLean Game Refuge hiking. and I was probably looking for a back way onto some of that property’s trails. I incorrectly assumed that the Cathles Trail/West Mountain Trails would connect me to the Game Refuge and provide me with a little connector trail to get to the “real” McLean trails.
But on that first, truncated little Cathles hike, I was blown away by some of the views east across the Farmington River Valley. I’d been on the ridges on the other side of the valley a billion times, but this was unique to me. The trail was well-marked, well-maintained and even a bit challenging. Later, I included a little bit about my tiny SLT experience in the McLean write-up. As a result, I received a nice note from the SLT and an offer to send me their Walk Book.
And now here we are, hiking every trail that ever land trust in Connecticut maintains. Thanks, SLT!
LaSalette Trail (with Wintonbury Land Trust)
Tulmeadow Farm & Woodlot
West Mountain Trails: Cathles and 60 Westledge