Pine Knob Loop Trail

Litchfield County, Connecticut

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain1,405ft
Trailhead Elevation456ft
Top1,120ft
Elevation Min/Max456/1120ft
Elevation Start/End456/456ft

Pine Knob Loop Trail

Pine Knob Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Litchfield County, Connecticut. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 456 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,405 feet. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"From the parking area, follow light-blue blazes within a mixed grove of sugar maples. The trail enters a shady woodland with an herb layer of false Solomon’s seal, jack-in-the-pulpit, and jewelweed, a succulent herb that grows in shady, moist places. Jewelweed’s flowers are rusty orange or pale yellow and delicately hang from the plant on filament-like stems. When the leaves of the flowers are held underwater, the undersides of the leaves shine with a silvery color—the reason for the plant’s name. In late summer, the small, ripe seed capsules will pop open in your hand and hurl their seeds, a trait that gave the plant its other common name: touch-me-not. Jewelweed is also a traditional remedy for poison ivy." Read more
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low
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"After a steep initial climb, Pine Knob Loop Trail rolls up and down on its way to the rounded summit with dramatic views of the Housatonic Valley." Read more

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8/17/2010
Great little hike. Recently re-blazed and easy to follow, adjacent in long initial left split to brook with low water, like every where else this summer. Look forward to returning to hike when water is high and trail adjacent cataract. the right trail split is an interesting option, near half mile of very easy to incline,to Boy this is getting steep, to heh, whose idea was this? Its short so newbies will not suffer and have sagas to tell
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6/27/2009
Steep in places and two great views. This trail shows off the Housatonic valley in a good day hike. The guild available at the campground is not up to the standards of other CT state parks, but don't let that stop you.
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5/24/2009
A bit steep, but the reward is beautiful vistas across the Housatonic Valley. Trail is well marked. A few scrambles on boulders but not bad.
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6/11/2006
An invigorating, if short, climb up to the Appalachian Trail which is quite suitable for young legs (I took Cub Scouts) and their more challenged parents. it's a steep uphill to a pretty overlook above the Housatonic River. watch for hawks and turkey vultures catching the updraft off the hill and soaring quite close to you. after a short trip along the ridge be very careful not to miss the return path of the loop, which is poorly identified with confusing signs. Once you're on the right path, you'll do some rock scrambling prior to the steep descent. At the bottom, look for the short cut to the meadow right across the street from the campgroud if you're staying there
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Trail Information

Litchfield County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Connecticut chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club: ct-amc.org
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy MA–CT Maps 3 and 4 and DeLorme CT RI Atlas & Gazetteer Map 40
Local Maps