Note! Beginning in 2012, all notices from the CT Chapter Trails Committee are posted directly to the ATC trail updates page. Thru- and long distance-hikers are encouraged to check the ATC website for trail condition updates for the CT section of the AT. This includes changes to hiker services along the trail like store closings and changes to Post Office hours.
Rock stepping stones across Guinea Brook are no longer safe to use. Crossing Guinea Brook requires fording the brook or utilizing the blue blazed bypass trail.
The bypass trail is strongly recommended during periods of high water or icing.
Northbound, the bypass trail begins on CT Rt 4 and heads east approximately 0.25 miles then turns sharp left onto Old Sharon Rd (dirt) heading west approximately 0.25 miles back to the Appalachian Trail.
Hikers should use the "High-water Bypass Trail" which allows crossing the brook on a road bridge. The bypass is a blue blazed trail that follows CT Rt 4 and Old Sharon Roads. The total length is about 0.5 miles and allows crossing the brook on a highway bridge. The bypass starts and ends within 100 yrds on either side of the actual brook crossing. I am attaching a copy of the sign that will be posted (possibly as early as next week) on either side of the brook and on kiosks north and south of the crossing. There are two signs, one with a bypass trail description for northbounders and one for southbounders. Note: This bypass has been in existence for nearly 20 years and is regularly used for high water and icy conditions. The old stepping stones were only viable during the summer months of extreem low water.
Stepping stones at Guinea Brook Crossing have washed away. (11/21/11) There are no plans to replace the stones. (1/21/12) Use the "high water bypass" trail, or continue south on RT 4 to the Breadloaf Mountain parking area and take the blue-blazed trail to rejoin AT. (11/21/11)
The closure is in response to the limited size of the site, boundary issues, neighbor concerns, and environmental issues. The area beyond the spring is now managed as a revegetation area. The blue-blazed side trail to the spring will remain open and maintained. 8/14/09