Salmon River Trail, CT • Hike
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Salmon River Trail, CT

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Distance Lasso-Loop 7.01 miles
Trailhead Elevation 300 feet
Elevation Gain 411 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,157 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.8
Interest Historic, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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5  2022-06-15 GrangerGuy
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Trips 50 map ( 575 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct → 10 AM
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Sun  5:47am - 5:30pm
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Bridges, waterfalls, and peace
by GrangerGuy

  Likely In-Season!
The Salmon River Trail is a well-marked path within the Salmon River State Forest and Day Pond State Park. You can enjoy a covered bridge, a walk along a peaceful river, and some small waterfalls.

At the free parking lot, enjoy the informative kiosk about the covered bridge, then cross the bridge and turn immediately left onto the trail and down to the river. Enjoy this short third of a mile along the Salmon River before the path begins climbing up the hill above it.

At about 1.5 miles, there are a couple of viewpoints at the top of the first hill, but these will only have a view in winter. In the summer, leaves block the view.

The path drops gently to 3 little bridges over muddy places, before climbing up to the intersection with the North and South Loop Trails, at 2 miles, at the high point of 700’. You can go either way from here, but left is recommended.

About 0.6 miles north of the junction, you will meet a spur trail, blazed blue and red. Take it a short distance west to the highlight of this hike, a pretty waterfall. Take pictures. Have your lunch. Spend some time here.

After rejoining the main blue-blazed trail, climb about 150’, then the trail remains pretty level until you suddenly come out at Day Pond. There is plenty of parking, picnic tables, outhouses, and a little swimming beach here. You can start the hike from here, Day Pond State Park, if you wish. Parking is free from late April until mid-October, and closed the rest of the year.

After crossing the outlet stream, the trail climbs gently about 100’ to a large erratic. This boulder is fun to climb on. In another quarter mile, you close the loop and retrace the first 2 miles back to your car.

You may hear the bird calls of Veery, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Ovenbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee, Wood Thrush, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Flora In spring, you may see mountain laurel. In the fall, you will enjoy the turning of the leaves.

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2022-06-16 GrangerGuy
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Hartford, take CT-2 east to Colchester, Exit 16. Turn right on CT-149 and go 3.3 miles. Turn right on CT-16 west and go 2.1 miles. Turn right on Comstock Bridge Road and park immediately on the right.
    page created by HAZ_Hikebot on Jun 16 2022 6:18 pm

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