Cooley Glen Trails
Cooley Glen Trail
|Length||6.8 total miles|
|Elevation Gain||1460 feet|
Trailhead: From Rochester, travel north on Route 100 to the intersection with Route 125. Travel west on Route 125 for 9.1 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 59. Travel 4.7 miles on FR 59 to its intersection with Forest Road 54, and turn right onto FR 54. Travel 4.1 miles on FR 54 and turn right onto Forest Road 201, which dead-ends at the trailhead parking at 0.4 miles.
Directions: From the trailhead, the trail turns left and follows an extension of Forest Road 201. It crosses the New Haven River on a bridge, then stays on the north bank of the river and enters the Breadloaf Wilderness. The trail ascends the western flank of Mount Cleveland and meets the Long Trail just south of the Cooley Glen Shelter at 3.4 miles. Maximum elevation change is 1460 feet. Average hiking time is 2 ¼ to 3 ¾ hours.
Emily Proctor Trail
From the same trailhead as Cooley Glen, the trail turns right and ascends an old woods road that enters the Breadloaf Wilderness. The trail leaves the old road, staying on the west side of the New Haven River, and crosses a small river before making a steep and rocky ascent to the clearing in front of the Emily Proctor Shelter at 3.7 miles. Maximum elevation change is 1820 feet. Average hiking time is 2 ½ – 3 hours.
|Length||7.4 total miles|
|Elevation Gain||1820 feet|
Connecting the Emily Proctor Trail and the Cooley Glen Trail via the Long trail makes a long day hike or an overnight trip of 13.0 miles. The Long Trail climbs over Mount Roosevelt and Mount Wilson, which is the highest point of the hike with a maximum elevation change of 2085 feet. Average hiking time is 12 – 14 hours.
|Length||13 total miles|
|Elevation Gain||2085 feet|
Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in on all trails. Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.