Yellow Trail - Pine Mountain
ElevationAscent: 497' 151 m
Descent: -252' -77 m
High: 986' 301 m
Low: 623' 190 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A beautiful trail gaining the highest point in Bennett's Pond State Park - Pine Mountain.”— Tom Robson
When Yellow hits Pine Mountain Road, work your way around the steel gate and head left on the pavement. Keep an eye out for the yellow blazes as the trail resumes its route, on the right. Now heading uphill, this portion of trail is perhaps the most strenuous part of the hike, yet it is also one of the more aesthetically pleasing. Remain on Yellow for the next mile or so, ignoring the many spurs and side trails that crop up as the trail first gains the rocky slope, then contours along the grassy ridge. The pinnacle of your effort, shortly after the Ives Trail merges with Yellow from the right, is a granite plateau surrounded by pines, oaks, and a few dogwoods.
From that lovely vantage point, which boasts great views of the southern hills, the undulating trail gives you the option of heading around Pine Mountain on the short Pine Mountain Loop before eventually cresting at the ruin of what some believe was Charles Ivess cabin. All that remains is the fieldstone chimney. Meandering farther along the ridge, the trail eventually meets a kiosk, where the Ives Trail heads east, breaking off from Yellow.
Land Manager: Ridgefield Open Space