Date completed: 7/20/2021
Miles: I hiked the entire trail in CT, including the side trails, except for some road walk sections. Most were solo hikes, out and back. I recorded all my hikes on Strava.
Base: Manchester, CT
Describe the NET: The CT NET was quite a surprise for the rugged beauty, vista after vista, great ledges, and fascinating geology. All in our backyards.
What do you love about the NET? The ledges! I love to hike rock ledges.
Advice for NET hikers: It’s an interesting trail for experienced hikers, with unique traprock ledges and well-suited for beginners with short loops available to get a taste of the trail. There is an active community of enthusiastic hikers that hike year-round to offer advice.
At the end of 2020, I started on the NET at Rising Corner in Agawam and headed south. My first goal was to hike the Metacomet Trail, but once I got rolling, I decided to hike as much of the NET as I could in Connecticut. Most of my hikes were solo out-and-back, but I did car spot with a friend a couple of times, plus the side trails had some loop opportunities. I had a great time researching history along the way and taking and posting photos from every hike. I have a great appreciation for the people who donated the land, allowed passage on private property, built the trails, and maintain them to such high standards.