Prospect Mountain Hike
Historical Hike Up Prospect Mountain with Lee Swift, Richard Heys, and Gerri Griswold
To the west of us rose a smooth-bosomed hill, called Prospect Hill; and many a pensive, wondering hour have I sat at our playroom window, watching the glory of the wonderful sunsets that used to burn themselves out amid voluminous wreathings, or castellated turrets of clouds �" vaporous pageantry proper to a mountainous region. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, describing the view from her Litchfield home
This 328-acre preserve, located west of the Borough of Litchfield, includes most of a locally prominent hill featuring a spectacular viewpoint near its 1350-foot summit, as well as a large pond to the west. It is mostly forested, with several meadows indicating past agricultural uses. The area was subject to significant nickel mining explorations in the 19th century.
Hike this beautiful property which is now owned by the Litchfield Land Trust with former land trust President, Richard Heys, local historian, Lee Swift, and White Memorial’s Gerri Griswold. The history, geology, and natural beauty of Prospect Mountain will be discussed. Bring sturdy shoes, a hiking pole, and plenty of water.
Location & Directions
Litchfield, CT 06759