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Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,035' 315 m
Descent: -1,034' -315 m
High: 812' 248 m
Low: 449' 137 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Rob Cummings

The Rock Trail (RT) Loop passes by six of the "Rock" features of the trails in Ward Pound Ridge Rez.

Rob Cummings

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This loop passes the following six rock features of the park: Indian Rock Shelter, Castle Rock, Bear Rock, Dancing Rock, Raven Rocks, and Spy Rock. Both Spy Rock and Raven Rocks have scenic overlooks. Below Spy Rock is a rough stone staircase that ascends 300 vertical feet in about 2/10ths of a mile.

This access is shown from Michigan Rd., but you can also access the RT loop from Honey Hollow Rd. (limited parking).

Description

This is a demanding 7-mile loop. Go in any season -- better views in the winter and early spring -- but fun in all seasons. The terrain is rough at points with large trees coming down after storms and trails re-routing around them. Chances are you'll not see too many others on this trail in the colder seasons but summertime and warmer days it can be very popular. Bring a map or the Hiking Project mobile app -- all intersections are numbered so once you find one you can get oriented.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy swaths of mountain laurel in the higher elevations. Additionally, spring vernal ponds dot the trail (seasonal).

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Tom Cook
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Timothy Bradley
Six inches of snow the night before 4mi — 3h 00m
Jul 30, 2017
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  4.9 from 10 votes

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Joseph Hubicki
Redding, CT
Joseph Hubicki   Redding, CT
Beautiful loop, on the moderate side. Trail is well maintained and marked, but easy to get off the designated Loop if you don't pay close attention. There are many intersecting trails. We made a couple wrong turns and had to switch back. The easiest way is to start as indicated on the Yellow Trail as instructed, but then follow the RT trail markers the rest of the way until you get to the Green Trail near the end. Aug 25, 2018

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