ElevationAscent: 294' 89 m
Descent: -294' -89 m
High: 771' 235 m
Low: 596' 182 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Flora and fauna abound on this short hike, giving it a backcountry feel.”— Tom Robson
Keep an eye out for poison ivy and ticks.
Climb an easy grade to the top of the Hemlock Hills ridge on this rocky and wooded singletrack. From here the trail continues east and passes some amazing rock formations and swamps as it runs in conjunction with Blue Trail. Eventually, Yellow stays east as Blue Trail veers away to the north. The trail then descends the ridge and intersects with Blue Connector. Take this on your right.
After some easy contouring, Blue Connector will eventually spit you out at a fork with Red Trail - turn right. Follow the Red blazes as the trail bends right, contours over large granite outcrops, and then heads west. From here the trail undulates through more rocks, occasionally showing awesome views of hills to the south as it trends generally uphill. Finally, after some tight switchbacks, Red Trail heads south and plummets towards the creek connecting Rainbow Lake to Lake Windwing.
Once the trail turns to the right (west), it becomes doubletrack and winds lazily to the shores of Lake Windwing. Continue past Orange Access Trail - West and Connector until you reach the parking area on North Shore Drive.
- Wild Turkey
- Foxes Deer
- Foam Flower
- Cattail Reed
- Bull Lily
- Mountain Laurel
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Land Manager: Ridgefield Open Space