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May 23 2017

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Shenipsit Trail: Somers to EllingtonTolland, CT
Tolland, CT
Hiking avatar May 23 2017
Hiking8.03 Miles 1,058 AEG
Hiking8.03 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.89 mph
1,058 ft AEG
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My first trip to Connecticut in five or six years was for the same reason as my last one: An endurance karting race.

If you’ve been following my triplogs, you are probably aware by now that wherever I go, I hike, be it a weekend in Flagstaff, or a trip to Scotland.

So, I did some research, and it turns out the Shenipsit Trail is only a few miles west of Stafford Springs, with decent spots for my helpful & understanding wife to drop me off at one end and pick me up at the other. My only concern was ticks.

Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, and I was under the impression it was first discovered in Connecticut, so I was even more careful than normal about brushing against any vegetation. (In the end, all that ended up on me was a few small caterpillars.)

I actually started hiking from Galbraith Rd., just west of Sodom Rd., as I was not sure where the Shenipsit Trail crosses CT-190. I ended up walking down gravel Sodom Rd. for a half mile, making several false turns, before finally finding the actual trail.

Shenipsit Trail is a Connecticut blue-blazed trail. Sometimes it is one blue blaze; sometimes it is two. At least on the Shenipsit Trail, one or two does not seem to indicate side vs. main trail. There are numerous other markers as well, including white dots, white arrows, yellow diamonds, yellow diamond with a black arrow, mileage signs and more I’ve forgotten. I continued to make false turns throughout my hike, but found that if I went more than 100 yds. without seeing a blue blaze (of either sort), it was best to return to the previous intersection, and try the alternate direction.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a beaver lodge in the pond just north of Gulf Rd. I heard plenty of birds, all morning, but did not see or hear the beaver. There were blessedly few bugs until the small pond just north of Webster Rd. From there to CT-140, there was always something buzzing around, but I escaped the Death Itch I suffered on Oklahoma’s Bison Trail.

The flower pr0n was Rated G. There were few flowers on the Shenipsit Trail, other than scattered patches of some small white ones. The only other flowers I recall seeing were exactly one blooming dandelion, a couple of dead ones (dead-elions?) and very few of some four leaf purple flower.

There were a few cars at the CT-140 trailhead, and a few more at the Gulf Rd. trailhead, but I only saw two hikers and one dog all morning.

To sum up, the Shenipsit Trail is not a destination hike: It is a enjoyable stroll in the woods that beats riding the bike in your hotel gym. :D

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average hiking speed 2.89 mph

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