Lion’s Head

A delightful Taconic hike that you can fit into any day, with great views.

Hike Length: 2.0 miles (3.22 km)

Total Ascent: 550ft (168m)

Intensity: Moderate Taconics Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Blazed Trail

Parent Lions Head

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Lions Head summit marker

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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.

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Lion’s Head summit pine

A rare sight for this hiker, Lion’s Head has an actual summit sign affixed to a wonderfully gnarly pitch pine…

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Lion’s Head summit pine

The Lookout

The Lion’s Head itself is a rocky outcropping with excellent views onto the rolling valley floor below…

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Lion’s Head

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Lion’s Head

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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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

Cell Service

I had cell service for the entire hike. My network is Verizon. YMMV.