|MDC filtration plant and Hartford view at the parking area on Reservoir Six|
I took the trail along the reservoir north to the blue/red trail, passing the sign directing me west up to Heublein Tower because I wanted to do a big loop, and continued north, where I picked up the blue blazes of the Metacomet and followed them southwest towards the tower. This trail brings you to a scenic view on the top of King Phillip Mountain (975'), a peak that is slightly lower than the peak on which nearby Heublein Tower sits (1040'). What's wonderful about this peak is it's isolation relative to the mobbed pathway within earshot down below.
|Stiff Aster - a classic trap rock flower|
Continuing south with the blue blazes, the trail abruptly dumps out on the the popular gravel road that leads to the tower. I went the opposite direction (right) down the hill along a ridgeline and came out onto a spot where the earth just suddenly falls away (unlike most cliffs, where there's a lot of dramatic rock that somehow screams out "cliff!!"). This is the spot used by hang gliders, and I was in luck today as a couple were up there getting ready to take off. I didn't stick around to see that, but it was neat seeing the hang-gliders just the same.
|Hang-Glider take-off point|
|Maple Leaf Viburnum|
Without lingering too long I followed the blue blazes past the pavilion and into the woods, descending steadily and before too long found myself on one last knoll before the reservoir. Enjoying the spectacular September weather, the dog and I laid down on the forest floor, look up at the tree tops, and just relaxed for a spell.
|Hiking is not a race.|
|Say hello to the little spider (look close)|
After ten minutes or so I realized there was a little spider right above my face, and decided it was time to move on. Reservoir Six was up ahead.
|Northern tip of Reservoir Six|
|Path back to the Res. 6 parking area|
|What a nice way to end a hike!|