|New trailhead on Clapboard Hill Road|
And we're back in Guilford, where we started this adventure last January, because they've completed another 1.5 mile of trail heading south and I want to hike it before Frankenstorm Sandy gets here. I saw a CFPA notice about the new section, and there's a map online here showing the extension from Sullivan Drive down to Duck Hole Road. So that's where I was headed when I passed the unmistakeable NET trail markings on Clapboard Hill Road. Yippee, they got the trail even farther than they said!
|Trail map based on my gps route|
This was great timing for a hike in Guilford, since their fall foliage was not as advanced as further north and it was like going back in time a week or so.
|Random ruins along the trail|
This section of trail is lovely, with some of the most perfectly painted trail blazes I think I have ever seen. It is not easy to paint a perfect rectangle on rough bark, but these were perfect.
|Lots of bolders|
Guilford has the only part of the mainline NET that is not on the Metacomet traprock ridge. This rock is more what I'm used to -- gneiss and schist. And there is lots of it.
|Skirting the meadows|
There is a series of meadows that the trail eventually comes out onto, following near the edge. It's all very tastefully well marked.
|Bridge crossing off of Foote Bridge Road|
|Four-foot diameter White Oak - the state tree|
|Heading back from Sullivan Drive|
|More random ruins - an old breached dam (back near the beginning)|
|East River overlook. This is back near the car.|
|Autumn Snooze - the joy of not racing down the trail|