Sleeping Giant Trail

Hamden, Connecticut

Sleeping Giant Trail

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"To appreciate the Sleeping Giant, you must view him from a distance. If you look north from New Haven harbor, you’ll see him lying on his back with his head to the west and his feet facing east.

According to one Native American legend, the Sleeping Giant is the spirit Hobbamock, who, after causing the Connecticut River to change course, became the victim of a spell cast by another spirit that put him to sleep forever. Encourage your kids to make up their own versions of the legend!"

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I've hiked two trails here: the tower trail, and the blue trail.
The tower trail is the easiest trail, but can still give one a good workout. At the top one can get a spectacular view of the 'Long Island Sound'.
'The blue trail' covers the head and chin, one might see some of the quarry, and you get a wonderful view of 'Quinnipiac University.' This is the hardest trail. I am in good shape, and even I felt like I was dying while climbing up the mountain.Luckily, it does seem to get easier on your second try. Bring lots of water- I had some but still got dehydrated.Going up is the hardest, and going back down is the easiest.

Trail Information

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
April to November
Sleeping Giant State Park, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Carmel
Local Maps

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