I know I’m stretching this into the third post, but I did forget a picture ;)
So, what should I do with my brother on Friday afternoon after he gets into town? I wasn’t super worried about this question, but I did want something to do. There are a lot of short hikes close to my house, some with a lot of country charm (i.e., fields, meadows, etc.), some with small lakes/large ponds, some with stands of ancient trees where you can walk through trees that were all alive before any European settlers where in the area. There is also a nice little hike that has three waterfalls.
The Purgatory Falls Trail trail head is about three miles from my house. Actually, both trail heads are about that distance, but in different directions. OK, perhaps it is closer to four miles to the Upper Falls parking, way out in the woods at the end of a dead end gravel road. Wherever you plan to start, it is very close.
The trail is relatively new. People had visited the Lower and Upper Falls for quite a while (150 years ago Wilton was the last stop on a daily train from Boston and many people came out to the country just to see Upper Purgatory Falls!) and there has been a network of trails, but for a while the Middle Falls was out of bounds. Somebody had built an Eastern version of a Dude Ranch and wanted the Falls to be visited by paying customers only. Finally he sold a few acres around the Falls and the trail went through.
The total trail is just shy of 2 1/2 miles each direction, so at about 4.8 miles round trip, it isn’t long at all. It is also a very flat hike, only about 300 feet vertical. And it is pretty.
As I wrote elsewhere, unfortunately it was growing dark by the time we reached the Middle Falls so we turned back. But just for closure, we went up and visited the Upper Falls on Sunday. The Upper Falls are my favorite, going from almost flat country side into a deep bowl canyon. It’s a very cool falls.
It’s a nice hike and I’m not sure why I haven’t done it more often. That is about to change – now that I’ve rediscovered it, I will be there all of the time, most likely with dogs in tow.
Oh, and a small taste of the hike on Saturday – this is a two hour drive away, so not an every day hike. Many more pictures will be on their way!