Route: Saugatuck & Aspetuck Trails (CT)

Location
Connecticut, US
Description

This route combines the Saugatuck Trail and the Aspetuck Trail as described below.  The two together are 18.6 miles one-way.

Saugatuck Trail: The 11.8-mile Saugatuck Trail is located within the 15,000-acre Centennial Watershed State Forest and closely parallels its namesake, the Saugatuck Reservoir. The trail offers a variety of terrain; rock outcroppings, vernal pools, wetlands, streams, and spectacular views of the reservoir. The trail also connects to the blue-blazed Aspetuck Trail at Black Rock Turnpike, offering longer distance hiking opportunities. In addition to the moderate terrain you will find along the trail there are several road crossings as well as several creek crossings- some have amazing "newer" bridges built over them while some are dilapidated, while some are just rock hops. While the trail is technical in spots (mostly towards the northern terminus) it is amazingly runnable by Connecticut standards. The majority of the trail is single track.

Aspetuck Trail: The Aspetuck Trail is a part of the Connecticut blue-blazed trail system and is located within the Aspetuck River Valley area of Fairfield County, The Aspetuck Trail intersects the towns of Newtown, Easton and Redding. This woodland trail travels through the Centennial Watershed State Forest and connects to the trail system in Collis P. Huntington State Park. Notable features include the Aspetuck River, Hedmon’s Pond dam, scenic overlooks and stone walls. The trail also connects to the blue-blazed Saugatuck Trail offering longer distance hiking opportunities. Starting from the southern point on Route 58, the trail runs approximately 6.8mi ending in Colin P Huntington State Park with about 720ft of gain going South to North

--submitted by Christian Dockum