|This gate is nearly impossible to see if you are looking in some other direction.|
|Broken arrowhead on the trail|
|Gatehouse at Reservoir Number One|
There are LOT of trails at MDC in West Hartford. And they are all filled with people. Walking, jogging, biking. The place was mobbed. There are also a lot of reservoirs, including five smaller reservoirs on the southern chunk of land, creatively named Reservoirs Number One through Five, and a larger reservoir (Number Six) to the north all on it's own (that's for another day), so people are really spread out.
|Reservoir One Building|
The most popular trail is the paved trail, which is a loop of several miles. Most of the paved path is used by pedestrians, but there is also a special one-way bike lane on one side. Although I didn't think the gates seemed dangerous, I was very surprised at how they have the bike lane on the RIGHT. It is standard multi-use trail etiquette to keep to the right, pass on the left. It's also human nature in places like America where we drive on the right side of the road and reserve the left for passing. This place just made up their own rules. I kept forgetting and frequently found myself walking in the bike lane because I was staying to the right out of habit.
|Funny weathering affect.|
|Pump House (?) near the dam at Reservoir One.|
|Jack in the Pulpit|
|A blue blaze would suffice|
I took a side trail off the Metacomet to Kilkenny Rock (no view during the summer, which was disappointing). After that, the MDC map shows a rock formation known as Finger Rock, so I took a detour to check that out. It looks more like a turtle to me, but you be the judge.
North of Finger Rock, the Metacomet follows a ridgetop and becomes more like itself. There were no more joggers and only the occasional hiker. The ridge is not high, and there are only suggestions of a view, but it's a pleasant ridge hike. Further north, the ridge becomes a long stretch of hemlock forest with glimpses of a view. That was the best part of the trail.
|Hemlock forest along the ridgetop|
On the way back, I found a little Ring-Necked Snake crossing the trail, no bigger than a worm.
|Teeny-Tiny Ringed Neck Snake - full size!|