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Paugussett Trail

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The Paugusset Trail is a 13-mile Connecticut blue-blazed trail through Shelton and Monroe.


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13.4

Miles

21.6

KM

Point to Point

524' 160 m

High

47' 14 m

Low

1,740' 530 m

Up

1,613' 492 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Much of the trail is on public land, but a few stretches go through private property, so hikers are asked to be respectful and stick to the trail.

Description

The Paugusset Trail was built in the 1930's during the Great Depression by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, which today still maintains over 825 miles of blue-blazed trails in Connecticut. The trail can be done in either direction, with endpoints on Buddington Rd. in Shelton and the East Village in Monroe. There are many parking lots and access points along the way, so hiking just a section is also easy. Highlights include the Elklund Wildflower Garden (seasonal), Hope Lake, the Shelton Dog Park, Indian Well Falls, and views of the Housatonic River and Lake Zoar.

Approximate mileage from Buddington Rd:
Hope Lake 1.4 mi.
Silent Waters 2.1 mi.
Indian Well Falls 4.6 mi.
Birchbank Mtn 6.6 mi
Webb Mtn 10.5 mi
Cottage St./Lake Zoar 12 mi.
Barnhill Road, Monroe 13 mi

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Nate Laughton

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Silent waters - Canoe Launch
Oct 7, 2021 near Shelton, CT
Trail and trees.
Oct 7, 2021 near Shelton, CT

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Jul 21, 2020
Daniel McCloskey
Buddington Rd to Lake Zoar
Jun 6, 2020
Cassady Rupert
2h 00m
Jul 16, 2019
Mike Bogan
6mi — 2h 00m