FKT: Debbie Livingston - Natchaug Trail (CT) - 2020-05-10

Route variation
one way
Gender category
Finish date
Total time
2h 59m 48s
GPS track(s)

This was the same south to north point to point route on the Natchaug Trail (CT) that Dan Bates established on 04/19/2020. The trail starts at Goodwin State Forest and ends at the junction with the Nipmuck Trail. Dan did it as part of the longer Nipmuck - Natchaug - Air Line Loop (CT). The Connecticut Forest & Park Association Walk Book says the route is 17.6 miles but my GPS track measured it as 16.9 miles with about 2,100 feet of elevation gain. The trail is typical for a Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail in this part of the state with lots of rock gardens, roots, and rugged terrain that undulates. Like the Nipmuck, it is maintained with loving care by NipMuck Dave Raczkowski a long time CFPA Trail Maintainer and former Race Director of the NipMuck Trail Marathon.

I ran the Natchaug Trail End-to-End today. Scott Livingston ran it separate from me as we can see from our times. There was no official women's time prior to today.
The trail is well marked but lots of debris was down. It also clocks a bit shorter than the maps and guidebook indicate.
I hit the endpoint and paused my watch at 2:59:48 but mistakenly restarted it instead of stopping it as it needs to beheld down to save the data.