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We Climbed Mount Misery

I like to get outdoors and walk, especially if my surroundings are beautiful. 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.

Hiking Mount Misery in the Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, Connecticut/ View from the top of Mt. Misery.

Hiking to the Top of Mount Misery

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.

Entrance to Trail

Entrance to Trail

The Basics of Pachaug State Forest

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.


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.

Climbing Mount Misery -- whose idea was this?

This marker is at the top of mount misery: National Geodetic Survey Mark

This marker is at the top of mount misery: National Geodetic Survey Mark

This marker is at the top of mount misery - national geodetic survey mark

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.

More About the National Geodetic Survey Mark

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."

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

Do you like to walk and hike?

Digory LM on January 19, 2013:

Love to hike. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

WriterJanis2 on January 04, 2013:

I do. Love all of your photos.

bbsoulful2 on September 01, 2012:

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

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on July 14, 2012:

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

Winter52 LM on July 14, 2012:

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.

bernie74 lm on July 11, 2012:

Great Lens thanks for sharing

Blessed by an Angel!

Ninche on June 19, 2012:

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

Appollonia on June 19, 2012:

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

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 18, 2012:

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

JoshK47 on June 16, 2012:

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

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on June 16, 2012:

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

Camden1 on June 16, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

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

Auntie-M LM on June 15, 2012:

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