West Rock Ridge State Park

New Haven, Connecticut 06515

West Rock Ridge State Park

West Rock Ridge State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A crescent-shaped slice of land originally called Providence Hill, this ridge has impressed visitors since the late nineteenth century, when New Haven residents would take their carriages to the top for a view of the city and Long Island Sound. Today a relatively short hike from Wintergreen Avenue around the southern tip results in a very similar panoramabut one thats been updated for the twenty-first century."

West Rock Ridge State Park Reviews

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9/6/2012
I enjoyed this trail. The trail is easy to follow and is flat for the first mile. The trail begins to climb steeply on the way up to the veiwpoint, providing some excercise for those who seek it. The view from the top is a nice reward. You can look out at Sleeping Giant, the New Haven skyline and Long Island sound. The Judge's Cave was more of a cluster of large boulders than a cave, but it's nice to have something of historical interest along the trail. Plus it seemed a good spot to do some bouldering. Unfortunately Judge's Cave and the viewpoint are accessible by car, so there is a fair amount of broken glass and grafitti.
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7/9/2007
Great trail. Has some wide double trails and then some smaller single track trails that curve nicely through the woods and have some nice hills.
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10/27/2000
For the city folk this is a great little ride. Quick, steep climb to the top of the ridge, then a nice single-track on the way down.
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Trail Information

New Haven
Nearby City
4.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Access
2 to 3 hours
Duration
May through Oct
Season & Limits
West Rock Ridge State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Carmel and New Haven, CT. A two-color (and tricky to decipher) trail map is available at the park entrance and can be downloaded from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protections website (see below) or the West Rock Ridge Park Associations website (see Hike Information).
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Activity Feed

Dec 2018