We began and finished this hike on May 18, 2012.
We started in Haddam at the trail head on Beaver Meadow Rd and finished in Chester on Rt. 148/West Main St. At approximately 3 MPH, we finished the hike in roughly 3 hours, which included water breaks and searching for the trail. If you are allergic to poison ivy, keep a close watch. There was a lot of poison ivy growing on the edges of the trail. Also, maybe a quarter of the way down the trail, we found a section of forest that had a lot of Pink Lady’s Slippers (Cypripedium acaule). They are native to CT and in some places are listed as endangered.
We saw chipmunks, squirrels, toads, frogs, and millipedes on our hike, as well as Mountain-Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) and wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) and raspberry (Rubus strigosus) plants.