This traprock ridge in Connecticut was a great place to see wildflowers. I arrived at 12:02 PM and hiked approximately 5.5 miles round trip, heading south along the ridge and then back again. The weather was about 75 degrees and sunny, with a pleasant breeze in places.
Along the trail I saw wild columbine, pinksters (wild azaleas), dogwood, herb robert, pink ladyslippers, wild geraniums, quaker ladies, and Canada mayflowers. The trail goes through a forest with many tall oaks, white pines and other trees. There are a lot of ups and downs but nothing overly difficult.
I reached the first lookout at 1:00 PM and had lunch. There was an interesting view of the quarry on Manitook Mtn, which has extremely high cliffs. While I was there a turkey vulture flew by rather close to my lookout on the ridge. I only met two other groups of hikers. Two young ladies who were coming back north when I was still going south told me they had seen a number of snakes, but I didn't see any.
There are a few other lookouts with good views. I could see Heublein tower on Talcott Mtn off to the south. The trail itself was pretty. There were ruins of an old house, lots of interesting basaltic geometrical rocks, and a stone idol. I gave the idol a hiking stick. I hiked south across a chasm and onto an unnamed mountain that is just north of Peak Mtn. Here is where I saw all the ladyslippers. I turned back at 2:10 PM.
On the way back I saw a black and white warbler. I was back out at 4:12 PM.