Here are some important points to hiking the back side of the Case Mountain Park with the kids or with wheeled vehicles. Park at Birch Mountain road parking lot, follow the trail go straight up the mountain and continue on the white trail; eventually it will cross under the cliffs and many massive boulders will appear on the right side of the trail.
Hike a few hundred feet pass the short bench under the cliffs. Then you will see a worn passage way which has been used by hikers for years and is an established short cut.
This short cut take’s you up a step like set of rocks and ledges; that bring you up to the blue trail on the cliff above. From here you follow the trail to the left and then hook a right on the yellow trail. This is probably the shortest route to the top for able bodied hikers!
Now if you need to make it by wheeled vehicles like a stroller you can, skip the pass through the cliff and take the roadway through the forest for about a ¼ mile directly to the front of Lookout Mountain.
There is another mountain trail shortcut for hikers by using the first pink trail; as it cuts through the forest, across the white trail twice. Then you pick up the roadway (white trail) and follow that to the right. You will then come to the clearing of Lookout Mountain with its great view of Hartford.
Side note for family hike. The blue and pink trails are well traveled by bicycles so be alert. Also on the blue trail you can hike to the other marked mountain peaks of Case Mountain, and Birch Mountain but neither of them offer a view like Lookout Mountain.
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