Sleeping Giant Trail

Near Hamden, Connecticut is a project of the Sleeping Giant Park Association in cooperation with CT Department of Environmental Protection. The 760-foot high mountain is a popular recreation destination. Some of the trails are specifically designed for horseback riding and cross-country skiing, and are located on the lower reaches of the Giant (designated 1977).

photo: Sleeping Giant rises high above the woodlands of the surrounding valley. Photo by Justin Coleman. Type: Backcountry
Length: 32.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Fishing
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: 2 miles north of Hamden off Route 10
States: Connecticut
Counties:
Latitude: 41.4214   Longitude: -72.89863

Located in Northern Hamden, main entrance reached by traveling to Mount Carmel Ave via Whitney Ave (Route 10) or via Hartford Turnpike.

Description

Several trails ascend 760 foot Sleeping Giant Mountain, a traprock ridge with extensive basalt cliffs, ledges and views. The trails also go through extensive forests and wetland areas.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 90
Elevation High Point: 739
Year Designated: 1977

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: State Park website

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mike Miller
Trail Manager
Sleeping Giant Park Association
Sleeping Giant State Park
P.O. Box 14, Quinnipiac College
Hamden , CT 6518
(203) 265-5684

 

Photos

Sleeping Giant rises high above the woodlands of the surrounding valley. Photo by Justin Coleman.

Sleeping Giant rises high above the woodlands of the surrounding valley. Photo by Justin Coleman.

A lively woodland brook cascades through a gorge blanketed with autumn leaves. Photo by Justin Coleman.

A lively woodland brook cascades through a gorge blanketed with autumn leaves. Photo by Justin Coleman.

 

Sun-baked talus slope abuts the dense woodlands of Sleeping Giant. Photo by Justin Coleman.

Sun-baked talus slope abuts the dense woodlands of Sleeping Giant. Photo by Justin Coleman.

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