We Climbed Mount Misery
Hiking Mount Misery in the Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, Connecticut
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
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.
Have You Ever Climbed Mount Misery?
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 YourselfClick thumbnail to view full-size
Climbing Mount Misery -- whose idea was this?
On the Top of the Hill—Out of Breath, but Worth it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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."
Have you ever seen a National Geodetic Survey Mark ?
Mount Misery, Pachaug Forest, Voluntown, CT
© 2012 Ellen Gregory