March 27, 2021 – Sharon, Connecticut
Size: Roughly 4 miles
Max elevation: 1,302 ft.– whole elevation achieve roughly 768 ft.
Route kind: Double Stem Lollipop Loop
Trailhead parking: Mary Moore Protect Trailhead – 24 Williams Rd, Sharon, CT 06069
Nestled within the southern foothills of the Berkshires, the topography of Sharon, Connecticut in Litchfield County, is certainly one of its most memorable and recognizable options. Starting from hilltops to hollows; its excessive fields and steep hillsides create a range of particular character. Various slopes and terrain enhance the obvious extent of the landscapes. Intricate, inward-oriented hollows lie in distinction to expansive, outward-viewing hilltops and ridgelines.
Pink Mountain is certainly one of 4 principal ridgelines in Sharon which run northeast to southwest. The path system travels over three Sharon Land Belief parcels over the Pink Mountain Vary.
- Mary Moore Protect ~ 181 acres donated to the Sharon Land Belief in 2013 is on the southwestern attain of the Pink Mountain Vary adjoining to Beardsley Pond. The parcel consists of upland shrub land, superior meadow, farm pasture, and stream/marsh wetland. The higher meadows and the summit space within the northeastern nook present distinctive views that embody three states and rank among the many greatest viewing positions within the Berkshires. In 2020, the cliff path loop was constructed. It’s a great hike via the higher subject and into the forest, via boulder fields, ravines, previous stunning cliffs and a seasonal stream.
- Wike Brothers Farm ~ 268 acre easement bought by the Sharon Land Belief & the CT Farmland Belief in 2010 & 2014. Funding for the acquisition supplied by CT DEEP Open House Grants, Federal Grants, CT Dept. of Agriculture and personal donations. Wike Farm is certainly one of Sharon’s oldest household farms supporting grass-fed beef, chickens and pigs. This path system follows the ridge line to attach all parcels.
- Hamlin Farm Protect ~ 259 acres bought with an Open House Grant in 2002 consists of two farm fields however primarily forest that ranges from the sting of the farm fields east to the higher reaches of Pink Mountain.
Please notice: There are not any indicators throughout the inside of the preserves indicating when you’re leaving or coming into any of the properties.
There are two entry factors to the path system. The primary entry level is on the Mary Moore Protect on Williams Highway the place there may be house for about 4 autos. The opposite entry level is on the finish of Stone Home Highway, the trailhead for the Hamlin Protect that has a barely bigger parking space.
There are at the moment over 4 miles of trails all through the three preserves, with extra trails at the moment being constructed as of March 2021. Beginning on the Mary Moore Protect, the path climbs the southwestern attain of Pink Mountain, via sloping meadows and second progress forest. The path then traverses the ridgeline to the higher reaches of Pink Mountain within the Hamlin Protect. Alongside the best way, the path passes what is named the higher meadow affording hikers with gorgeous views of farm fields, hills and mountains on the western horizon. The higher meadows and the summit space within the Mary Moore Protect present distinctive views of the South Taconic Mountains of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.
Some extent to level hike from one trailhead to the opposite is roughly 3 miles. An out and again from one trailhead to the opposite is roughly 6.6 miles. A shorter lollipop loop from the Mary Moore Protect trailhead, utilizing the brand new Cliff Loop Extension is roughly 2.5 miles. A easy out and again to the Mary Moore Lookout is about 1.5 miles. The latter two, appear to be the extra most well-liked routes of holiday makers looking for a shorter hike with a view.
Though the map reveals the paths in numerous colours and names to differentiate them from each other, they’re all blazed white, excluding the newly added Cliff Loop Extension (proven as inexperienced on the map). If mountaineering your entire path system it’s mainly an out and again if beginning at both trailhead or a degree to level you probably have a automobile at every trailhead. The brand new part of path (accomplished in the summertime of 2020) is marked with spherical white discs which have directional arrows within the middle and can be utilized to finish a semi loop.
The Pink Mountain Path System is managed and maintained by the Sharon Land Belief.
All the time scouring the web for brand new locations to hike, I ran throughout this one on one other mountaineering weblog. The photographs of the views was sufficient to persuade me to provide it a strive. Though the final viewpoint, is a couple of 3/4-mile into the hike, the remainder of the hike was price doing as effectively.
The perspective apart, the scenic panorama, the absence of crowds and the effectively marked trails, make for a really satisfying hike via the woods.
This hike begins and ends on the Mary Moore Protect Trailhead the place there may be room for about 4 autos.
Please Notice: The start of the hike follows the fence line alongside the pasture. The fence is inspired, hold pets and kids away from it. The sector on the opposite aspect of the fence is a part of the Mary Moore Protect, however it’s actively used for cattle farming. You may even see cows grazing within the pasture and the electrical fence will hold hikers on the correct aspect of the path.
To the correct of the kiosk observe the white blazes up the hill alongside the fence. You may be following the white blazes for your entire hike. Because the path approaches a home, flip left following alongside the electrical fence, persevering with uphill in the direction of the woods. Seeking to your left, views in the direction of Beardsley Pond and past begin to open up.
Because the path nears the woods, it turns left, following the fence line. You could wish to take a minute and look throughout the hilly meadow to soak up the view as soon as once more. As you stroll alongside the fence, the view will get higher.
On the finish of the fence, the path leaves what is named the higher meadow and geese into the woods. Comply with the white blazes as they go via a collapsed stone wall and head northeast. In about 630 toes, the path involves a junction marked by an indication. To the left is your return route, for now, proceed forward in the direction of Lookout/Stone Home Highway.
The path begins a gentle ascent of Pink Mountain, typically on switchbacks. In about 1,000 toes from the junction, the path reaches the Mary Moore Lookout.
You could have now hiked about 3/4 of a mile and gained about 275 toes in elevation. It is a great place to take a break and benefit from the view. From this spot, you’ll be able to see the South Taconic Mountains of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. One can see farmland, unfold out alongside the flatlands, their crimson barns and silos with cows grazing within the close by fields.
When you’re able to proceed, observe the white blazes alongside the sting of the woods. The path leaves the meadow, reenters the woods and continues a gentle ascent of Pink Mountain.
The path ranges off briefly, skirting the steep slopes.
In one other 1/2 a mile (from the lookout) the path reaches one other junction, the opposite finish of the Cliff Loop. When you solely wish to do a 2.5 mile loop, flip left. When you want to lengthen the hike, proceed forward. The continuation of the hike described right here, is an out and again which is able to return you to this spot.
The path continues to climb, however on a extra average grade. On the high of the rise, you’ll attain an elevation of about 1302 toes above sea stage, the best level reached throughout this hike. The path ranges off briefly, then begins a gentle descent into White Hole, passing via the Wikes Protect and coming into the Hamlin Protect. There are not any indicators indicating when you’re coming into or leaving any of the three preserves.
On the base of the descent, the path turns left on an outdated woods street and climbs regularly. In about one other 400 toes, the path reaches a junction, marked by an indication.
This was our flip round spot. If you need to increase the hike, you’ll be able to proceed on. If not, retrace your steps alongside the woods street for about 400 toes, flip proper on the footpath which ascends steeply.
From this junction that leaves the woods street (Wike Connector Path on map), it’s about 1.6 miles again to your automobile on the Mary Moore Protect trailhead.
After retracing your steps, you’ll arrive on the Cliff Loop junction. Flip proper right here and observe the white blazes marked with directional arrows. This part of path, additionally know because the Cliff Loop Extension, was accomplished in the summertime of 2020.
The path descends the mountain regularly, passing massive rocks alongside the path and cliffs to the correct which are strewn with boulders.
Quickly the path turns left, heading southwest and passes via a beautiful part of path that was fastidiously laid out by volunteers of the Sharon Land Belief in 2020.
About 1/2 mile from the junction, the path leaves the woods and enters the decrease finish of the meadow, beneath the Mary Moore Lookout.
proceed alongside via the sector, staying near the timber. You’ll quickly see picket posts with white blazes. To the correct, Beardsley Pond is seen via the timber.
On the finish of the sector, the path turns left on a footpath, however proceed forward just some toes and take a look at the Chinkapin Oak. This Chinkapin Oak is listed as a Connecticut State Champion Tree. It’s round 150 years outdated, 151 inches in circumference, and 92 toes excessive with an expansion of 101 toes.
When you’re performed observe the white blazes uphill for about 500 toes. DO NOT proceed on the woods street previous the tree.
When the Cliff Loop involves a T-Intersection, flip proper, now retracing your steps from the start of the hike. In about 630 toes, the path reaches the higher meadow. Flip left and observe the fence line because it wraps across the pasture, stopping once in a while to get one final have a look at the beautiful views.
Comply with the fence line down the hill, again to the parking space the place the hike started.
It is a very nice hike with nice views and scenic panorama. The paths and preserves are very effectively saved and maintained. Not one little bit of trash was noticed wherever on the day of our go to. The paths are effectively blazed with indicators in any respect the junctions. Very quiet woods with minimal foot site visitors. This hidden gem is effectively well worth the go to and is appropriate for many hikers. Whether or not you simply wish to do a brief out and again of 1.5 miles to the Mary Moore Lookout, Cliff Loop (2.5 miles from Mary Moore parking space) or a for much longer hike to Stone Home Highway and again, you’ll not be dissatisfied.
Panoramic views of three states, effectively marked trails, litter free and effectively maintained preserves, minimal foot site visitors.
Small parking space, however that’s most likely for one of the best.
Take a hike!