Loved Steep Rock in the fall. The colors along the river were amazing. But on my winter hike list was the stone tunnel at Steep Rock and wow! My first “spelunking” experience! Yes that’s my new word . . . Referring to the exploration of caves.
The hike to the tunnel I estimate to be about 2 1/2 miles looking at the trail map. The path was heavily trafficked by snowshoers and country skiers in parts.
The Japanese often speaks of forest bathing but since I am the immediate gratification type I decided to take a snow shower in the video below. 🙂
I travelled a bit off that main path to see the bridge which was deep with snow at parts.
I hiked along the river stopping often along the way when I thought I might be able to traverse the edge of the woods to the river.
While it is a suspension bridge filled with snow and ice it felt steady and was fun to cross.
I continued to the tunnel and it was certainly “La piece de la resistance” (I.e., the showcase of the hike).
Having taken over 300 pictures it was tough to pick my favorites. This blog will likely get edited time and time again :)!
While you will certainly be intrigued by the ice in the tunnel. Don’t forget to look up as you walk in.
I was equally mesmerized by the stone, circle of trees and icicles.
TIP: I was wearing snow boots, micro spikes and snow pants to do this as the snow was quite deep in areas and I felt and heard ice cracking beneath the snow.
Below is the link to the fall blog which includes the trail map. Use 2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot, CT in GPS systems.
The suspension bridge is not far from the tunnel. You can see them both in the lower left section of this map.
Click to access Steep-Rock-Map-2019.pdf
2 thoughts on “CT: Litchfield County- Washington-Steep Rock Preserve (Winter hike)”
What a fabulous blog!!! Really enjoy reading about all of your adventures & discoveries of the place you’ve made your home.
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Thanks so much!! It’s been fun and great for recall and sharing!