This description of Brinkerhoff Preserve is written by Jeanne Ammermuller, a Redding Land Trust trustee and frequent local hiker who will continue sharing
her experiences on Redding’s trails in the coming months.
Length: just under 3 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: easy/moderate — some changes in elevation, but no scrambling.
Features: woodlands, wetlands and streams, beautiful rock formations
One of the earliest properties acquired by the Redding Land Trust, Brinckerhoff Preserve offers a wide variety of Redding landscapes, all in just a 3-mile loop hike. If you want to show visiting friends what you love about Redding, this trail shows off a lot of the best features.
You access the trailhead just before Farview Farm on Beeholm Road, off Route 107. The trail is on your left and there’s a little gravel pull-off across the street with room for two cars.
Hikers can cross the wooden walkway and take the open field trail. There are only a few trails in town that give you the view of open meadow, and this is a beauty. Follow Ensor’s Trace, which runs along the edge of Farview Farms. In the spring and winter you can see the houses, but once the leaves come, it feels more isolated. But there is virtually no noise except the sounds of nature, so the houses feel far away no matter the time of year. The trail takes a lot of twists and turns and shows off the prettiest features here, including a beautiful walk along wetlands and flowing streams that you can enjoy without getting your feet wet, although there are a few stream crossings.
The white trail blazes are generally easy to follow, but some are painted on the abundant mountain laurel bushes and don’t stand out as well. It helps to have two people to keep an eye on the blazes and stay on the trail.
The trail then takes you up along a few ridges and higher points where you can truly appreciate the wetlands below. These changes in elevation made it challenging without being too difficult. The final stretch takes you through woodlands to the open field and then the parking area.
There is a blue cutoff trail that you reach about two-thirds of the way through the hike. This cutoff makes the trail considerably shorter if you’re in a hurry. This lovely, peaceful trail is a wonderful easy to moderate walk through an open field, woodlands, wetlands, and ridges.« « Redding Land Trust’s 2018 Party by the Pond|