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Ambler Trail - Devil's Den, CT

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 394 feet
Elevation Gain 112 feet
Accumulated Gain 164 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.1
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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30  2012-12-20
Lucius Pond Ordway / Devil's Den Preserve
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   May, Sep, Jun, Oct
Sun  5:36am - 6:00pm
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Overview: The Ambler Trail is one of the crown jewels of Devil's Den Preserve, traversing the Ambler Gorge as Ambler Brook creates several small cascades, and topping out at two ledges with wintertime views. It connects to the Den Trail (post #44) and the Donahue Trail (post #46).

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Ambler Trail - Devil's Den
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I decided to get out of the house and explore Devil's Den. Connecticut is so different from Arizona. There's just no large public/open lands. So hiking here is limited to small parks and preserves, usually resulting in trails that are only a couple of miles long at best.

Devil's Den is the largest preserve in this part of the state, and subsequently features about 20 miles of trails. It's still small by comparison to western standards, only about 2 x 3.5 miles total! But it does allow for a large loop of about 9 miles, and I explored a few other trails to get my mileage up.

The amazing thing is that there are no real hills. Nothing more than 50 feet at a time, but there are endless small hills and valleys, and I wasn't really surprised to see the AEG pile up. But it's easy elevation because it happens in short bursts.

Once getting out of the mess/maze of trails near the trailhead, it was nice to get to the northern portion of the preserve where there were segments of trail that were about a mile long that allowed me to get in a good groove. The views from the "great ledge" were nice. The lack of foliage made it more open than it would be in the summer, but I imagined that this entire preserve would be stunning during the peak of New England's autumn foliage. The view from the ledge looks over Saugatuck Reservoir and the hills of Monroe and Newtown to the east.

The weather was nice for hiking, mostly sunny, about 40 degrees. I saw two other people all day (actually saw them twice), and there were two cars in the lot when I got there, and two different cars there when I left. All in all, a great day hiking!

Permit $$
No fee, however you must take a free map from the kiosk as your permit for hiking in the Nature Conservancy Devil's Den Preserve.

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
From the Merritt Parkway (CT-15) take Exit 42 and proceed north on CT-57 for 3.8 miles. Bear right at light onto CT-53 and proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Godfrey Road and proceed .5 miles. Turn right onto Pent Road (note Nature Conservancy sign). Follow to end of road and trailhead parking lot.

GPS address: 33 Pent Road, Weston, CT.
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