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Will Warren's Den and Lookout



2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer out and back
89% Runnable


Ascent: 421' 128 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 765' 233 m
Low: 435' 133 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by William Cook

A short run on Trap Rock Ridge.

William Cook

Features Cave · Views

The trail crosses private land and tower property, and may be closed during tower maintenance.


Located ten miles from Hartford and minutes from I-84, this run is easily accessible. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the viewpoint and allow some extra time to explroe the caves around Will Warren's Den.

Need to Know

Will Warren's Den is on property owned by the Farmington Land Trust.


Start at the parking area where the Metacomet Trail crosses Rt 6 (near Reservoir Rd). Follow the blue-blazed Metacomet Trail up the hill. The trail continues through the forest and then along the rocky ridge. Watch for signs near the towers to stay on trail.

Wetlands are crossed by a log walkway, but the trail can be wet in spots. Climb through the forest and reach the cliffs and boulders at the top of the ridge. The trail follows the ridge and goes over and through some boulders.

Will Warren's Den is a big rock formation with slip fault caves and a cliff with views. This is a great spot for a picnic. Will Warren's Den is just beyond the base of the towers. The cliff and outlook are just past the den. The caves can be found by exploring around the den.

Runners looking for a longer outing can continue on the blue-blazed trail to Pinnacle Rock and the Nike missile site.

History & Background

Will Warren was a hermit in the 1800's who had some trouble with the law and hid out on Rattlesnake Mountain.

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Apr 27, 2019
Kyle Abraham
Continued further south on the Metacomet to Crescent Lake and then back to the Farmington trailhead.

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Cliff and outlook toward Ragged Mt.
Dec 4, 2018 near Farmington, CT
Will Warren's Den
Dec 4, 2018 near Farmington, CT


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