FKT: Lee-Stuart Evans, Shona Cooper - Mattatuck Trail (CT) - 2020-03-22

Gender
Mixed-gender team
Route Variation
northern section (14 miles)
Style
Unsupported
Finish Date
Time (duration)
6h 36s
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The northern terminus of the Mattatuck Trail meets the Mohawk Trail. There is ample parking at the Mohawk Mountain State Park. The Mohawk State Park has over 4000 acres of forests and amazing views. Its also a popular Skiing location in the winter.We traveled the 14 mile section from north to south so the trail quickly takes you off the peaks and down into the Mohawk State Forest. The terrain is quite varied, some of the sections are easily walk-able and meander through the woods but this trail also has sections that can be quite challenging with large rocks and boulders and a bit of a scramble.

Near the northern tip is the Cunningham Tower which has stood in one guise or another as a watchtower since 1882. As you head south you also go through the Black Spruce Bog which is a 19 acre unique bog as it is one of the only bogs in CT and eventually get to Mohawk Pond after about 5 miles.

Our mileage is higher than the 14 miles expected because we had to set off from the main entrance to Mohawk State Park rather than the car park closest to the trail head which was closed due to logging.

Trip report:  https://theairlandandsea.com/2020/03/mattatuck-trail-guide.html