The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a granddaddy of a path. Even in Connecticut, where we have just 51 of its 2,190 miles, the “CT AT” looms large. For Nutmegger hikers, it may not be our longest trail, but it offers by far the best backcountry experience. You can hike from Sherman to Massachusetts crossing nothing busier than a countrified Route 7, and unlike nearly every other trail in the state, you can sleep out along the way in purpose-built campsites and shelters.
Most CT AT hikers do no such thing. They day-hike it, picking the bits that take their fancy, maybe never seeing all of its 51 miles. The CT AT, after all, has its favored stretches — Bear Mountain and Lion’s Head; the Housatonic River south of Bulls Bridge and north of Saint John’s Ledges; the wheelchair-accessible section at Falls Village. A random approach to our AT has been mine too; except, that is, for three days in 2002, and the three months since February this year.