“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately . . . “ starts a writing by Thoreau. This alone drew me initially to Hidden Valley Preserve for a hike several years ago.
I returned to see what it may look like with the light snow and impressive cold we have had to see if it was an attainable hike. Yes! Loved it!
The one thing I can’t understand is why the ice on the waters appear green. I do enhance the colors when I download the pictures but they were indeed with this green hue. Is it the water beneath? Is it the trees above? Mmmm
The views were breathtaking. I could hardly select which to share.
Again there were unique sounds of the river flowing against crackling ice.
However in this case there were blocks of ice and rocks along the river that had the water appear as if flowing through a maze.
You start the hike at the Thoreau bridge and continue to the next bridge and can loop back. Perhaps a couple of miles but I stopped so much it took me a while.
The above shot was a panorama shot from my phone. The Shepaug river kept me company throughout the loop literally grinning the whole way (hah we both were given the look of the shot above). So excited to share these opportunities. 🙂
Here’s the trail map.