Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Beseck Mountain, CT
Trails: Mattabassett Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parking area on Route 66 has some broken glass in it. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only water was a small pool near Guida's restaurant, a perfect mosquito breeding pool 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: N/a 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen today 
Bugs: A bit more than I had hoped for, especially since I left the DEET in the car. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: After Moosilauke in NH yesterday, (see my report in the NH section.) I was looking for some place new that I had not been to before and was pretty easy. I got the new but after Monday the Mattabassett was more than I wanted. I would have been better with poles. (Mattabassett, pronounced like kicked my a$$ a bit)

I made it past two or three of the great views overlooking Black Pond (about 1.75 miles from the car) and came to second 50+ foot Pointless up and down (okay there may not have been a level ridge walk but that's all I wanted) since the first set of powerlines, I decided I had had enough and still had 75 feet of up to get over on my way down......

On way out of the Middlefield, Middletown area I came across the Highlawn Forest Trail system. Looks like a recent addition to the Blue trail network and the CFPA lands. Quite flat, the CFPA is using as a classroom environment for kids and schools. I did two short loops and for a shady place to go, it was nice. I understand the longer loops do leave the forest for more open areas. (fields and such) Had I know about before I headed to the Mattabassett, I probably would have done one of the longer mellow loops.  
Name: Mike P. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-05-27 
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