Drone Pictures of Mount Higby

Drone Photos of the Connecticut Outdoors


Mount Higby and the Mattabesett Trail

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This out and back hike over traprock basalt features some of the best cliff walking in Connecticut. There is a parking spot roughly around where I691 ends and turns into Route 66 for a handful of cars. Black Pond and Wadsworth Falls are both close by. You can see Black Pond from the trail shortly after beginning the hike and looking back over the road. You can tailor fit this hike to whatever distance you prefer. You can stop at the first scenic summit, the second or go much further. You will be following the blue-blazed Mattabesett trail the entire way. This is part of the Metacomet ridge which is composed of traprock basalt. The geology here is fascinating to consider. Roughly 200 million years ago when the supercontinent Pangaea was spitting apart, massive cracks formed in the ground and immense lava flows welled up through them. Connecticut had a front row seat to both the formation of Pangaea and its splitting as evidenced by its crunch and crack terrain. The center of Connecticut has low-lands and younger rocks (sedimentary and igneous) than the eastern and western portions which are mostly metamorphic due to the rifting process that occured 200 million years ago. So as you hike over this rocky terrain, realize you are walking on what was once lava from hundreds of millions of years ago that welled up from deep within the earth as a mobile super-contintnet slowly split apart.

All of the above photos were taken with a DJI Mav 2 Mini. Please be respectful of people's desire to enjoy the sounds of nature which doesn't include listening to propellors buzzing over their heads!

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made..." -- Romans 1:20