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An easy out-and-back.
The moderately challenging hike to Lion’s Head lookout near Salisbury, Connecticut, in the Southern Taconics is the perfect hike to fit in before or after work. Also a pretty sweet first date hike.
Lion’s Head Trail in the Taconic Mountains is a popular hiking destination known for its stunning views and moderately challenging terrain. The trail is mostly very easy but provides hikers with a short workout as they climb to the summit.
At the top, a rocky outcropping offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, making it a popular spot for picnics and photo opportunities.
Despite its popularity, the trail remains rugged and natural, giving hikers a solid mountain hiking experience in the heart of the Taconics.
An alternate route from lower down the mountain, next to Route 41, offers hikers a longer ascent with more elevation gain.
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Lion’s Head Hiking Trail
This hiking trail includes…
- Easy walking
- A short rugged ascent
- Pitch pines
- Also spotted some Sassafras
- A wonderful summit with sweet views
Lion’s Head Trail Notes & Gallery
This trail is so short and sweet. The parking lot is large, and I had cell service the whole time.
The trial is quite flat, until the main ridge, and then there’s a short, rugged climb to the lookout.
At the junction, turn west/left and follow the Appalachian Trail to the summit.
A rare sight for this hiker, Lion’s Head has an actual summit sign affixed to a wonderfully gnarly pitch pine…
The Lion’s Head itself is a rocky outcropping with excellent views onto the rolling valley floor below…
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From here, head back to your car.
Or you can explore the ridge a little more. There’s a lean-to shelter 0.8 miles further north, with some camping platforms close by, and Ball Brook Campsite campsite is another 0.06 miles above that spot.
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The parent mountain for this hike is Lions Head.
If you do this hike, LMK how it went…
Trailhead Info for this Hike
Smallish lot, fits 8-10 cars max.
Google Maps Location: 41.998851, -73.438079
The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead
I had cell service for the entire hike. My network is Verizon. YMMV.