For a small and densely populated state, Connecticut – as I hope this column has shown over the years – possesses many fine places to hike. But for me, the finest of all lies in the far northwest of the state, occupying about a quarter of the town of Salisbury. This is Connecticut’s wild corner, high and rugged, a slice of the Taconic Mountains untouched by asphalt or subdivisions. Summit ledges, free of all but stunted forest, offer Big Sky views.
The Wild Corner is formed by the right angle of the New York and Massachusetts state lines. It comprises a plateau and an escarpment. The plateau – between 1,800 and 2,000 feet above sea level – extends east from New York and tumbles over the 1,000-foot escarpment into Salisbury’s settled parts. Along the corner’s northern edge – the Massachusetts line – are rounded summits and the dark fissure of Sages Ravine. The Wild Corner is traversed by a half-dozen trails and one dirt road.