Talcott Mountain

Simsbury, Connecticut 6089

Talcott Mountain

Talcott Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes place at one of Connecticut’s most treasured state parks. You will follow a wide trail up to a 1930s-built castle-like observation tower, where views range in all four cardinal directions.

The hike then continues along a rocky ridge before turning back. Here you will pass a huge stone quarry, the ultimate reason for the park being saved, along with remaining infrastructure of the quarry as well as an old streamside milldam."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach & Charles W. G. Smith
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"Tower Trail begins on the left side of the access road, about 1,000 feet from the CT 185 entrance, but a less crowded feeder path begins at the Life Star helicopter pad, at the end of the access road." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Rising above Hartford, Talcott Mountain and the rocky ridges north and south of it are prominent features protruding above the more gentle Connecticut River Valley landscape to the east. While similar to its mountainous neighbors, Talcott also stands apart thanks to the 165-foot Heublein Tower that sits upon its summit. Built in 1914 by Hartford resident, German-born hotelier and restaurateur Gilbert Heublein, the tower provides one of the finest views in the Nutmeg State." Read more

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9/13/2009
Amazing vista! Trail was short and manageable. Uphills followed by level portions, and the walk along the ridge is amazing. It had rained the night before and the rocks were very slippery, but all in all, a hike for just about anyone. Looking forward to doing this in the leaf season. The trail head only has 10 parking spots, so you may have to park at Guida's.
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1/10/2009
Overall, the trail was very easy to follow and suitable for all ages and all level hikers. I went in a group of three and we completed the trip in 3 hrs. It was very icey as it had rained the night before after snowing which made footing a little slippery at times however, with a pair of yaktrax it was mostly no problem. The views from the ridgeline were uncomparable in CT and definitely worth the effort to get to the top.
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1/29/2007
The trail starts off a little rocky ( I started before Guidas dairy)But after the first 10 mins It really became a nice trail. The ridge line with the views are incredible. Some parts off the trail have been uprooted but if you look ahead you can pick it up very quickly
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10/23/2005
This is a very nice trail. Pretty basic hike but great views, especially this time of the year. Not very strenuous but very rewarding. I would recomend to anyone looking for a quick 1-3 hour getaway.
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8/4/2003
The Mount Higby trial is a very fun hike. I think most any level of hiker can handle it. The hike is only about three and a half miles and it seems even shorter. Ive hiked it twice and once with a group of about eight people 3 of which we had to force to go. Those three ended up liking it the most. We sat for a break along looking over the cliffs egde and it was amazing, we could have stayed there for hours. There is lost of fun exploring on this hike which I love, because I always wonder off trail in search of something interesting which I wouldn't always recommend doing. This is a beautiful walk and you should definatly give it a try.
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Trail Information

Simsbury
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Talcott Mountain State Park
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