FKT: Michele O'Neill - Nayantaquit Trail (CT) - 2020-04-19

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52m 7s
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Mountain goats rejoice! This trail may be short, but it doesn't lack vert or rocks, especially in the first two miles! It's a great blue-blazed lollipop that is a bit tricky to follow at times, especially because the blazes are marked in both light and dark blue paint, but if you know that going in, it's not as confusing to follow. There is a spur that adds an additional 1.6-ish miles to take you to Uncas Pond, so that may add some interest to this trail, but I didn't do that today because I was only concerned with the main loop. There is also a random portapotty about halfway through the loop, which, if this were a longer trail, would probably be a very welcome sight. Save some energy for the Nickerson Hill Climb in mile 1.75, and you'll be rewarded with a good downhill section afterwards, but keep focused during the confusing marshy/swampy section towards the end (at about mile 3). Bring bug spray if you go after a rain or in the spring/summer, but leave your sunglasses behind; there's plenty of tree cover to shield your eyes. There's no ridgeline to hug and no scrambling, but the trail can be technical at times.