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    Macedonia Ridge Trail

    Macedonia Brook State Park, Connecticut
    Distance6.5mi
    Elevation Gain4,791ft
    Trailhead Elevation633ft
    Top1,374ft
    Elevation Min/Max633/1374ft
    Elevation Start/End633/633ft

    Macedonia Ridge Trail

    Macedonia Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Litchfield County, Connecticut. It is within Macedonia Brook State Park. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 633 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,791 feet. The Macedonia Ridge Trail parking is near the trailhead. Cobble Mountain (elevation 1,365 feet) and the Hilltop Pond (elevation 974 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Lime Green Trail.

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    Brooklyn, NY
    Pathfinder | 65 pts
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    6/27/2012
    This is a beautiful loop trail with easy access from route 7 about 5 miles from Kent. I followed the guide book and took the blue blaze trail counter clockwise. The trail basically walks the ridges around the park. I did the trail on the weekday and only passed two other hikers the whole time, which is they way I like it. The first 3/4 of the trail are not difficult. I chose this trail because of the difficult rating. For an experienced hiker this trail is EASY except for Cobble Mtn, which it the last two miles of the loop. The rest of the trail is rolling hills and flat ridges with no views. It's very pleasant, a nice walk in the woods, but not challenging besides the distance. It took my 4 hours at a leisurely pace with 2 dogs. the trail is pretty uneventful until Cobble Mountain. The last miles are a nice quick, rocky and steep climb to the top which lead to a series of ledges with good views. It made the hike worth while but I would have taken a shorter route for the views and climb. There are a few other trails options which could be used to get the climbs and views, check out the map. Perfectly lovely hike but miss rated except for a few small sections of the end of the hike.
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    New York, NY
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    8/8/2010
    Did this hike as a family (kids 8 and 11) and it was great but quite challenging for the kids. We did this on short notice as we were close to the park and I wanted to check it out for future camping trips. I didn't realize how steep certain sections are and we all wore sneakers. To make matters worse, we hiked in the wrong direction making for a fun but treacherous descent at the end.

    If you're prepared for this hike, it is quite beautiful and fun... For experienced hikers this is not a problem but if you're with kids or weaker team members, make sure you're prepared.
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    Coram, NY
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    5/23/2009
    Not a bad day hike with a few great views at the end. Half way through (when you enter the camp ground area) the trail gets almost impossible to follow as the blue trail markers all but vanished. The rock scrambling near the end of the loop was good if you went a little off trail.
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    Wassaic, NY
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    5/2/2009
    This was a great trail,all though we did not do the entire trail. We took the trail from the park office (orange blaze to white orange to the white blaze(Cobble Mountain Trail)then looped back down the blue blaze down to Macedonia Brook Road.This trail was about 2.5 miles and had great views at the top of Cobble Moutain. The orange/white orange blaze trail was easy to moderate but that changed quickly at the white blaze up Cobble Mountain. The trail was steep and rocky with lots of tree roots.The trip down was pretty easy but there were steep,rocky points where you had to slow down to keep your footing. A trail map is recommended,was a little confusing at the top and the potential to get lost is high,the rest of the trail was well marked. Will go back soon and do the rest.
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    Woodstock, CT
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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    3/30/2008
    This is a moderately leveled hike with steady incline from start to summit at Cobble Mountain. The trail follows a flowing stream with some gorgeous vistas as you near the top. We hiked this trail in spring when water levels were running high and there was no foliage on the trees, allowing for better views. Wildlife was also abundant - we saw several turkey vultures flying overhead and wild turkeys in the underbrush. Once you reach summit, you can either go back the way you came in, or you can more rapidly descend down the white blazed trail to the park road, which leads back to the parking area. I would recommend this as a nice but somewhat challenging day hike.
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    Cherry Grove, NY
    Adventurer | 264 pts
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    5/8/2006
    Hot, boring, but still had some redeming qualities. If you are camping at the park don't even think about breaking any rules cause you won't get away with it. Awesome campsites for the rule abiding.
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    terryville, CT
    Adventurer | 364 pts
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    12/8/2004
    Hiked east and west loops with my 10 year old son. Very steep clifflike terrain for short area north of cobble mountain, but manageable. A lot of excitement for my son and a good challenge for my 45 year old knees. Gorgeous view from top of cobble mt., 300 degree view. Some intertwining trails as well; pick up a map at the headquarters for a shorter hike. White blazed trail looked insane, good for the 20 somethings or maybe when my son turns 12. Matt McCay
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