Devils Den Nature Preserve Perimeter
ElevationAscent: 610' 186 m
Descent: -618' -188 m
High: 590' 180 m
Low: 281' 86 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A perimeter run of the Nature Conservancy's Devils Den Preserve.”— Kevin Terlep
Eventually, you'll meet up with the Deer Run Trail and proceed northeast. Continue straight east onto the Great Ledge Trail, then make your way around the Redding Great Ledge Trail using the connectors. Return to the Great Ledge Trail and begin heading south until you reach Dayton Trail, heading southeast. At the junction of Pillars Trail, head southwest. At the junction of Godfrey Trail and Aspetuck Trail, go left onto Aspetuck, and head south until taking a left on Troop 7 Trail. To finish, turn onto Perry Trail, take the connector, and return to the parking lot on Laurel Trail.
This trail loops around the perimeter of the Devils Den Nature Preserve (Nature Conservancy). All trails are well-marked and a mix of old road and narrow singletrack. You really get a sense of wilderness at the preserve. You'll see rare old-growth forest, wetlands, rock outcropping/cliffs, stone walls, a major creek crossing with a foot-bridge, culminating with a view of the Saugatuck Reservoir at the cliffs near the northern end of the loop. I was treated to a bobcat and red fox sighting! The run is truly spectacular, not a boring section to be found.
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Land Manager: The Nature Conservancy - Devil's Den Preserve