Time  5 hours 49 minutes

Coordinates 1610

Uploaded December 21, 2015

Recorded December 2015

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1,296 f
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near Flanders, Connecticut (United States)

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Stage 122

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 121 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - CONNECTICUT - Section 4.2 and 5.1 - From River Road to Schaghticoke Mountain Campsite
⇒ Link to the next stage: 123 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - CONNECTICUT - Section 2.2 and 3.1 - From West Cornwall Rd to Mt Easter, Sharon Mt., and Falls Village

Tour through sections 3.2 and 4.1 of the Appalachian Trail , passing through the state of Connecticut, from south to north.

The stage begins in the small AT parking lot, located on the River Road, Kent, right at the foot of the popular St. Johns Ledges, and for the first five miles runs on a flat and pleasant walk along the banks of the Housatonic River , where there are several camping areas and a refuge: the Stewart Hollow Brook Shelter.

When leaving the river bed, the path progressively ascends the Silver Hill (1,266 feet), with an approximate height of 700 feet, and then descends towards the Guinea Brook channel.

Numerous announcements announce that crossing the Guinea Brook can be dangerous, especially in times of high flow, and warn that the passage of rocks enabled for its wading is no longer safe and it is recommended to take an alternative route, with a small detour. We were also warned by a mountaineer who walked in the opposite direction, and who said he had to turn around for this reason.

We decided to personally check this difficulty, to take some pictures of the place, and the surprise was great, since Guinea Brook could wade without the slightest difficulty. We even seemed to observe that downstream, in an area where the river narrows, there was a large trunk traversed, which would have also allowed the passage.

Maybe at some other time of the year, or with adverse weather conditions (snow, ice or rain), or with greater flow, the alarm is justified. On this occasion, we were able to cross the river without any problem.

We leave the Guinea Brook behind, and the trail continues through a succession of small hills, with ups and downs in a mixed forest of oak and pine trees, and with panoramic views through the vegetation, and more clear on the peaks.

In the tour highlights the passage through the small Bread Loaf Mountain, with a side path that leads to a point overlooking the valley of the Housatonic, and already higher, it should also note the beautiful panorama that can be seen from the top of the Pine Knob.

In this final section of the stage, which ends at the intersection of the AT with the West Cornwall Road, the trail also crosses several small mountain streams (Hatch Brook, Caesar Brook and Carse Brook), all of them tributaries of the Housatonic, with variable flow throughout the year and easy wading.
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Parking

Estacionamiento del AT en la River Road, Kent, al pie de St. Johns Ledges

AT parking on River Road, Kent, at the foot of St. Johns Ledges
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Por la River Road, en paralelo al curso del río Housatonic

Por la River Road, en paralelo al curso del río Housatonic
River

Rio Housatonic

Rio Housatonic
Shelter

Stewart Hollow Shelter

Stewart Hollow Shelter
Camping

Stoney Brook Campsites

Stoney Brook Campsites
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Subida hacia Silver Hill

Subida hacia Silver Hill
panorama

Vista desde la cima de Silver Hill

Vista desde la cima de Silver Hill
River

Guinea Brook

Guinea Brook
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Subida al Bread Loaf Mountain y vistas

Subida al Bread Loaf Mountain y vistas
River

Hatch Brook

Hatch Brook
panorama

Vista desde Pine Knob

Vista desde Pine Knob
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Casi en la ultima cima

Casi en la ultima cima
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Bajada de la última colina

Bajada de la última colina
River

Carse Brook

Carse Brook

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