|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Meriden Mountain, West Peak, CT|
||White Trail, Blue Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, November 5, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the small dirt lot just east of the I691 overpass across from Belmont Ave. Room for 3 maybe 4 cars. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The Poodles had a fantastic hike despite not running into any other canine friends. Just enough water running at the spring for them to get a descent drink. |
||Ticks were out of control with the cooler weather and a bit of overnight rain. Picked 30 or so off each of our two dogs and one each on my wife and I. |
|Lost and Found:
||White Trail to West double track AKA Porcupine to Blue trail|
Got out fairly early with daylight savings time and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise as the clouds were pulling away to the east. Lots of leaves down making the loose rock on much of this loop a bit tricky, but also allowed for some longer views thru the forest. Heading out the double track we came across a porcupine which is fairly common in this area of forest with a lot of dead trees. Our female Poodle saw the Porcupine also, but fortunately he got up a tree before she could get to him. Last time on this same stretch she got him and we picked some quills, but nothing serious. We then climbed the MTB trail to the west of the radio tower which is seriously steep and challenging. This is a descend only MTB trail with some major exposure for riders and not often ridden. We joined the Blue trail just west of the radio tower which provided nice views over to Lake Compounce and Mount Southington and made our way to the towers and service road. Didn't make it over to the Castle Craig but rather descended the saddle between East and West Peak and back over the pedestrian bridge to the car. The dogs hadn't run free in a few days and appreciated the outing.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.