A great diverse hike complete with water features, unique geology, and beautiful views of the Saugatuck Reservoir.
Limited parking with a private driveway near lot; please do not block.
From the parking area, start counter-clockwise on Pent Trail
followed by a left on the Saugatuck Trail
. Take a right on Ambler Trail
when you reach the junction. Follow Ambler Trail
northeast until you reach Den Trail
; take a left. You'll head north a short ways until reaching Bedford Trail
, then continue north for a while.
Eventually, you'll meet up with the Deer Run Trail
and proceed northeast. Continue straight east onto the Great Ledge Trail
, then make your way around the Redding Great Ledge Trail
using the connectors. Return to the Great Ledge Trail
and begin heading south until you reach Dayton Trail
, heading southeast. At the junction of Pillars Trail
, head southwest. At the junction of Godfrey Trail
and Aspetuck Trail
, go left onto Aspetuck, and head south until taking a left on Troop 7 Trail
. To finish, turn onto Perry Trail
, take the connector, and return to the parking lot on Laurel Trail
This trail loops around the perimeter of the Devils Den Nature Preserve (Nature Conservancy). All trails are well-marked and a mix of old road and narrow singletrack. You really get a sense of wilderness at the preserve. You'll see rare old-growth forest, wetlands, rock outcropping/cliffs, stone walls, a major creek crossing with a foot-bridge, culminating with a view of the Saugatuck Reservoir at the cliffs near the northern end of the loop. I was treated to a bobcat and red fox sighting! The hike is truly spectacular, not a boring section to be found.
Fox, bobcat, and deer.