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Will Warren's Den and Lookout

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 3.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short hike on Trap Rock Ridge.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Out and Back

765' 233 m

High

435' 133 m

Low

421' 128 m

Up

422' 129 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Cave · Views

Family Friendly This hike is kid friendly but not a walk in the park.

The trail crosses private land and tower property, and may be closed during tower maintenance.

Overview

Located ten miles from Hartford and minutes from I-84, this hike is easily accessible. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the viewpoint and allow some extra time to explroe the caves around Will Warren's Den.

Need to Know

Will Warren's Den is on property owned by the Farmington Land Trust.

Description

Start at the parking area where the Metacomet Trail crosses Rt 6 (near Reservoir Rd). Follow the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail up the hill. The trail continues through the forest and then along the rocky ridge. Watch for signs near the towers to stay on trail.

Wetlands are crossed by a log walkway, but the trail can be wet in spots. Climb through the forest and reach the cliffs and boulders at the top of the ridge. The trail follows the ridge and goes over and through some boulders.

Will Warren's Den is a big rock formation with slip fault caves and a cliff with views. This is a great spot for a picnic. Will Warren's Den is just beyond the base of the towers. The cliff and outlook are just past the den. The caves can be found by exploring around the den.

Hikers looking for a longer outing can continue on the blue-blazed trail to Pinnacle Rock and the Nike missile site.

History & Background

Will Warren was a hermit in the 1800's who had some trouble with the law and hid out on Rattlesnake Mountain.

Shared By:

William Cook

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Cliff and outlook toward Ragged Mt.
Dec 4, 2018 near Farmington, CT
Will Warren's Den
Dec 4, 2018 near Farmington, CT

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Dec 24, 2019
John Taylor
2mi — 2h 00m
Oct 5, 2019
Professor Ravenwood
Trails are firm mud, very hikeable. Leaves are just starting to turn, so next weekend is probably the time to come out to see the full show.