The Quinnipiac Blue Blazed Trail & Sleeping Giant State Park
I have to apologize for not taking many or good photos on this trip. I will go back to get more; and I won't be too sorry. This large state park is crisscrossed with a matrix of good hiking trails.
It was the first weekend after Labor Day, when everyone had returned from The Cape and from Maine, and from the beaches where they spent their last days of summer. And, it was a crisp and beautiful day. The DEEP website erronously told me that for some reason, this weekend there was no charge to enter the state park. When I arrived there were 100's - no, thousands of cars - and an attendant happily taking money. Who knows? maybe he was just an enterprising college freshman from Quinnipiac University across the street. But, the lots were full, and so was all of the street parking in front of "no parking anytime" signs. And the gates to Quinnipiac's mostly empty parking lots had guards, presumably taking money as well. So, I took out my good map from the good book (CT walk book) and found parking on the opposite side of the park. There was plenty of it ... and free.
I took a short jog on the yellow trail to reach The Quinnipiac and followed the blue blazes the rest of the way to the lookout tower. The Quinnipiac sported Connecticut's famed uneven loose rocky trails. So, despite its not having extraordinary elevation - there were lots of up and down climbs - and it was pretty difficult. But, it was a pleasent day after all, and I enjoyed it.
The castle-like lookout tower had apparantly been sacked by an army of
laughing and crying children. The views from its height were pretty good. New Haven really looks romantic from this far away.
I had a late start, so I cut the trail short by cutting down the red triangle trail and back across on the yellow - which was similar in terrain and challenge to the blue trail.
There are good weekends remaining for families and friends to get out to the parks. It turns out, that some of the places in our back yard are as popular and fun as a weekend at The Cape. And, Fall is already in the air. We New Englanders wait all year for Fall. The prime hiking season in Connecticut has begun.
Address for your GPs: 200 Mt Carmel Avenue Hamden CT
| Cooridinates: N41.421104,W072.89885 |
|From Bridgeport||30 Minutes|
|From New Haven||10 Minutes|
|From New London||1 hour|
|From Providence||2 Hours|
|From New York||2 Hours|
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|LOWEST ELEVATION||396 FT above sea level|
|HIGHEST ELEVATION||709 FT above sea level|
|OUT & BACK||No|
|RESTROOMS||Yes - At The Lookout and at lower picnic areas near main entrance|
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LINKSSleeping Giant State Park
A Walk Across The Giant
CTMQ - Sleeping Giant