West Thompson Lake
ElevationAscent: 227' 69 m
Descent: -224' -68 m
High: 385' 117 m
Low: 310' 95 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A lovely loop circling West Thompson Lake and the Quinebaug River.”— Carol H
Family Friendly Close to the water and streams. Good for birding and seeing frogs and turtles. The Shoreline Trail portion would be easy for children. Sunscreen is a must for this portion, as it is out in open meadow
This is especially a wonderful hike when done in the spring.
By staying on the trail, you'll come to an area where a bridge was that connected Blain Bridge Rd. (This use to connect both sides of the Shoreline Trail making for a shorter loop trail). Now that the bridge is gone, the area makes a pretty spot for stopping and taking a rest and bite to eat. I've been told that swan have been seen here, however, I did not see any.
Shortly after this stop, you'll connect to the Quinebaug River Trail (Orange Trail) which will take you alongside of the Quinebaug River. This trail will cross a corn field at an angle so be sure to look across the field for the blazes. The trail will come to Red Bridge Road, follow that until you come to Cheney Rd. Markers are visible, and you can pick up the trail on the other side of the river. This will take you into the forest for a while with steep ascents.
Eventually, you'll come back close to the lake and Shoreline Trail will lead you back to the boat launch area. I have been told that this trail is beautiful in the fall. I don't know how it is in the summer when the water level is down, but it is beautiful in the spring.
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