A nice light hike onto the ridge overlooking the colonial era Newgate prison. This trail makes a briefly steep rise, and then flattens out to more slowly rise across 1.75 miles completing with a brief steep rock scramble to a rocky summit.
One of the unusual aspects of this trail among Connecticut hikes is the presence of a large nunber of sandstone boulders. Most of Connecticut ridge topography is basaltic traprock (a volcanic stone. However, in many places, there are underlying or mixed sandstone layers, signaling the accumulation of sediments in riverbeds, deserts, or lakes. The very thin layers of the sandstone seen in the Peak Mountain boulders indicates relatively slow rates of deposition (each layer represents an annual, seasonal, or climatic cycle).
Another unique factor is the ability on most days to see the colonial-era Newgate Prison. This prison is actually dug deeply into the ground, because it started as a copper mine. Tours allow you to descend into the ground and see what it was like to work this long-ago mine. This adds an additional attraction to the hike for the historically minded.
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