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Red Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 152' 46 m
Descent: -318' -97 m
High: 799' 244 m
Low: 596' 182 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Rocky, undulating and winding singletrack becoming doubletrack at its west end.

Tom Robson

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Description

Generally utilized between the North Shore Drive parking area and Blue Connector, Red Trail actually starts just west of The Pine Mountain Lookout on Yellow Trail - Pine Mountain. From Yellow, Red Trail dives down the south side of Pine Mountain to the bowl-like area east of Hemlock Hills. From here the trail intersects with Blue Connector and veers sharply left.

Follow the Red blazes as the trail bends right, contours over large granite outcrops, and then heads west. From here the trail undulates through more rocks, occasionally showing awesome views of hills to the south as it trends generally uphill. Finally, after some tight switchbacks, Red Trail heads south and plummets towards the creek connecting Rainbow Lake to Lake Windwing.

Once the trail turns to the right (west), it becomes doubletrack and winds lazily to the shores of Lake Windwing. Continue past Orange Access Trail - West and the Unmaintained Connector until you reach the parking area on North Shore Drive.

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Land Manager: Ridgefield Open Space

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Photos

Hemlock Hills-Pine Mountain map
Sep 23, 2019 near Ridgefield, CT
Quick descent heading north on Red Trail.
Dec 27, 2014 near Ridgefield, CT
Glassy view of Lake Windwing.
Dec 26, 2014 near Ridgefield, CT
This snake was sunning itself on a plank of wood at the end of the lake on the other side of the path, down in the ravine.
Jun 13, 2016 near Ridgefield, CT
Great example of East Coast rocks on the Red Trail.
Dec 27, 2014 near Ridgefield, CT
The steep start of Orange Access Trail - West.
Dec 26, 2014 near Ridgefield, CT

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