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Red Trail

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 4.8 (4)

Undoubtedly the most technical and physically demanding trail in TBV.


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

92%

Runnable

435' 133 m

High

163' 50 m

Low

476' 145 m

Up

207' 63 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is without a doubt the gnarliest trail in all of Trout Brook Valley. Although its strewn with rocks and roots, all of this trail is runnable.

Description

From its start off of White Trail, Red Trail heads straight to the ridgeline. By way of doubletrack, then tight singletrack, the trail winds to its crux as difficulty as possible, it seems. As you amble over sharp, granitic boulders strewn across the trail, it turns sharply right, uphill, to a rope-assisted ascent. This root and rock-filled slope pitches steeply then mellows, allowing runners to take a breath.

From here, continue North as you skirt along the view-filled precipice. If you're lucky, you'll see some awesome rhododendron and mountain laurel alongside the views.

The trail pitches upwards on one more tricky slope, then begins a very steep downward pitch. After this root/rock-filled extravaganza, the trail turns left, following Green Trail across a small stream on a wooden bridge.

Even though the hardest parts of this trail are over, it doesn't mean the rest is easy...

The trail turns left again, seemingly only for the purpose of cruelty, and enters another brutal climb. From the top the trail continues trending mostly uphill over the typical rocks and roots found in TBV.

At its terminus, Red Trail meets White Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Laurel and rhododendron.

Contacts

Land Manager: Aspetuck Land Trust

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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Mmmmmm... New England is nice.
Dec 26, 2015 near Easton, CT
Fog and bright green moss found on the Red Trail.
Dec 26, 2015 near Easton, CT
A particularly rocky ridgeline section of Red Trail.
Dec 26, 2015 near Easton, CT
Rolling along Red Trail after a stream crossing.
Dec 26, 2015 near Easton, CT
The "rope assist" section of Red Trail is one of the Park's most difficult sections.
Dec 26, 2015 near Easton, CT

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