Regicides Trail

West Rock Ridge State Park, Connecticut

Elevation Gain18ft
Trailhead Elevation374ft
Elevation Min/Max370/381ft
Elevation Start/End374/374ft

Regicides Trail

Regicides Trail is a hiking trail in New Haven, Connecticut. It is within West Rock Ridge State Park. It is 253 feet long and begins at 374 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 18 feet. The Judges' Cave attraction is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Judges' Cave attraction. This trail connects with the following: West River Trail and Green Blazes.

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Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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"In West Rock Ridge State Park, in south-central Connecticut, this hike threads along the western escarpment rim and crest, unveiling rock outcrop, mixed woods, and mountain laurel stands and extending views. Along it, seventeenth-century EnglishAmerican history is revisited at Judges Cave. West Rock Ridge is an elongated traprock mountain with rust-colored cliffs rising above the Connecticut River. With a summit elevation in excess of 600 feet, clear-day views reportedly span 200 square miles. The Regicides Trail links to the greater Quinnipiac Trail." Read more

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I have to say that I think I built this up in my mind a little to much before going. Unfortunately I was very unhappy about this state park. I went and got this "map" of the park that was the quality of third grader with a crayon. I found the trails to be very poorly marked. But what irritated me the most is that from most places in the park you can hear the hum of Rte 15.(the Wilbercross Parkway goes directly under the park)Also I found the amount of graffiti to be a bit disappointing, it seemed to be everywhere. Also a considerable amount of garbage lay about the entire park. I found myself leaving with nothing but frustration and disappointment

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Trail Information

West Rock Ridge State Park
Nearby City
West Rock Ridge State Park
West Rock Ridge State Park, c/o Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden 06518; (203) 287-5658. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT);
Local Contacts
State park map (available online at; New Haven 7.5-minute USGS quad; Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) Connecticut Walk Book, West (available from CFPA,
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Dec 2018