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We Climbed Mount Misery

Updated on September 1, 2017
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I like to get outdoors and walk, especially if it's a natural beautiful surrounding. I enjoy sharing my favorite spots with others.

Hiking Mount Misery in the Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, Connecticut

View from the top of Mt. Misery.
View from the top of Mt. Misery. | Source

It was a really clear beautiful day in June when we took this hike. Just perfect weather for hiking that is a little strenuous.

Why climb to the top of Mount Misery? For one thing, from the top you can see Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

This is not a long hike, maybe a half mile one way, but it is on a decent incline.

Previously I have written about The Rhododendron Walk in this same State Forest. If you are interested in a handicapped-accessible easy walk, the Rhododendron Walk is for you. Climbing Mt. Misery is not.

The Basics of Pachaug State Forest

Entrance to Trail
Entrance to Trail | Source

The Pachaug State Forest is over 28,000 acres. This is a State Forest, not a State Park, so there is never an admission fee. There are also no concessions here, so bring your own food and beverages. At the forest's website you will find maps and all sorts of information about camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding.

The Mount Misery hike is located in the Herman Haupt Chapman Management Area of the forest. It is accessible from Route 49 north off of Route 165 Voluntown, Connecticut.

From the entrance off of Route 49, on the main park road, you will see this sign on your right. Keep going about a 1/4 mile on the same road. The Mt. Misery entrance will be on your left.

There is a very large parking lot and rest rooms near the Herman Haupt Chapman sign. If you park here, it will be about a two-mile walk to the foot of Mount Misery.

If you just want to climb Mt. Misery, continue driving down the main road until you reach Firetower Road.

On the Way to Mount Misery

Whether you walk all the way or drive part of the way is up to you.

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After coming in the main road, take a left at Firetower Road.  This is the road you will drive or walk to Mount Misery.  It's about a mile and a half.At the end of the road is a loop.   There is parking for maybe six or seven cars.You will see the blue trail mark up the Mt. Misery trail.
After coming in the main road, take a left at Firetower Road.
After coming in the main road, take a left at Firetower Road. | Source
This is the road you will drive or walk to Mount Misery.  It's about a mile and a half.
This is the road you will drive or walk to Mount Misery. It's about a mile and a half.
At the end of the road is a loop.   There is parking for maybe six or seven cars.
At the end of the road is a loop. There is parking for maybe six or seven cars.
You will see the blue trail mark up the Mt. Misery trail.
You will see the blue trail mark up the Mt. Misery trail.

Have You Ever Climbed Mount Misery?

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Advice

Bring binoculars and a compass.

We did not bring a compass or binoculars and we regret it.

Read on .... you will see why.

Also, be warned: I am calling this a steep walk.

To you it might not be.

We are two senior citizens so to us it is steep.

Judge the Path for Yourself

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Part of the walk is stoney.Very little of the path is smooth like this.A lot of the path is solid stone.  Wear non-slip shoes
Part of the walk is stoney.
Part of the walk is stoney. | Source
Very little of the path is smooth like this.
Very little of the path is smooth like this. | Source
A lot of the path is solid stone.  Wear non-slip shoes
A lot of the path is solid stone. Wear non-slip shoes | Source

Climbing Mount Misery -- whose idea was this?

On the Top of the Hill—Out of Breath, but Worth it.

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This is why we regret not bringing binoculars.If we brought a compass we might be able to tell which way was CT, MA or RI.   The sun was directly overhead so that did not help.Pretty, no?Mount Misery Autumn 2012
This is why we regret not bringing binoculars.
This is why we regret not bringing binoculars. | Source
If we brought a compass we might be able to tell which way was CT, MA or RI.   The sun was directly overhead so that did not help.
If we brought a compass we might be able to tell which way was CT, MA or RI. The sun was directly overhead so that did not help. | Source
Pretty, no?
Pretty, no? | Source
Mount Misery Autumn 2012
Mount Misery Autumn 2012 | Source

This Marker Is at the Top Of Mount Misery - National Geodetic Survey Mark

National Geodetic Survey Mark
National Geodetic Survey Mark | Source

This is super interesting. We discovered this plate at the top of Mount Misery.

I have never seen one of these before. I understand they mark high points and shore points in the United States.

From now on I am going to look for them and photograph them.

To read more go to the National Geodetic Survey website.

There is a lot of information on their website. You may go as deeply into it as you would like.

The survey's mission is "to define, maintain and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System to meet our nation's economic, social, and environmental needs."

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Mount Misery, Pachaug Forest, Voluntown, CT

A markerPachaug Forest, Voluntown, Connecticut -
Pachaug State Forest, 219 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT 06384, USA
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© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Love to hike. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I do. Love all of your photos.

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      bbsoulful2 5 years ago

      I just love hiking. I take my binoculars and camera wherever I go, too! Angel blessed...

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Winter52 LM: Honest, it's really not that bad if you drive halfway up.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Mount Misery lol... the name alone would send me back to the coffee shop! My last hike was in California and if there could be Two "misery hikes" that would be it. Your lens brought back a lot of memories lol.

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      bernie74 lm 5 years ago

      Great Lens thanks for sharing

      Blessed by an Angel!

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      I like to walk and hike and this lens is very, very pretty. Enjoyed it so much!

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      Like the picture of the plate you found at the top. Enjoyed the lens.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Yes I do. It looks like an enjoyable hike, not miserable at all. Very nice photos.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      That's a little bit of a frightening name - but I'd certainly not mind hiking Mount Misery! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Camden1: Actually, "Misery" makes it sound a lot worse than it is. I can not find any info on why it was named that.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love hiking...but I think I'd be a bit intimidated just by the name "Mt. Misery".

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the joys of hiking mountains! Thanks for sharing your adventure...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hiking on a mountain trail, perfect for the summer vacation.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I do enjoy walking a lot. And I agree with you -- it looked pretty steep to me too - lol.