Most Popular Winter Trailhead
Upper Works to Uphill Brook Herd Path
Round Trip Distance
18.0 miles, ~20.0 miles with Cliff
Average Round-trip Time
11 to 12 Hours, 12 to 14 hours with Cliff
Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of
Do not attempt to cross Flowed Lands unless the conditions warrant. The herd path is tough to follow in areas if the route has not been broken out. Moving water in the brook can be hazardous and not allow ice to get thick; you could break through if not careful. Tread lightly.
Redfield is most often climbed with Cliff for an extended day, but it can also be a very tiring day and should not be attempted unless you are prepared.
From Upper Works follow the trail to Flowed Lands and Lake Colden which isn’t all that demanding and can be accomplished relatively fast. Once at Flowed Lands depending on ice conditions it is common practice to hike over the Flowed Lands to access the trail near Lake Colden. If you don’t like the idea of hiking over the frozen waters you can also opt to use the trail, which goes up and over several rolling hills, requiring additional elevation gain and loss.
From the dam hike along the Opalescent River and at the Uphill lean-to locate the herdpath which will be on your right. A rock cairn marks the spot. Once at the herd path continue for about a 0.1 miles to another small cairn and continue along Uphill Brook. If you take the right here you will be heading up Cliff Mountain. The herd path remains following the brook for quite some time and eventually ends up in the brook for short periods. It is much easier to hike in the brook, but be very aware that the brook does not freeze over with thick ice because of moving water; the deep pools could be a hazard. Eventually you will leave the brook and climb steadily to the summit. He summit is very good in the winter, with outstanding views as you stand atop many feet of snow.
Please refer to our basic list of winter gear recommendations for day trips and remember this list is only a recommendation and you should take into light your experience, group size, length of trip, conditions, weather forecast, and any unforeseen incidences.