Jennifer C. on East Rock Loop Trail
Great view of new haven and surrounding areas- can see Long Island on a clear day! Also nice that you can choose to drive up or hike (or bike or run!) to the summit and there are plenty of trails that branch out around the park
Ran this trail and made it into a loop by connecting with the red trail in West Rock State Park. The views are pretty spectacular for southern CT. Unfortunately, like many other beautiful locations with easy car access, there is a a fair amount of grafitti and broken glass near the south end. The trails are very well marked. A bit rocky.
Highly recommend this hike. I did two days ago 3/29/2015 with snow on the ground. We started at the base of west rock, hiked the regicides and connected with the Quinnipiac trail. The last stint was sleeping giants blue trail to red trail. all in all 14 miles and so much to see. worth every step. call me if you have any questions 860-984-9651. my name is Tyler
Great hike along the ridge top. At the northern end it intersects with the Quinnipiac Trail which can take you further north toward Mt Sanford in Cheshire/Prospect or you can turn east and head toward Sleeping Giant in Hamden. There is a paved but unused road that parallels the Regicides Trail that makes for a nice return stroll!
The trail is named "Regicides" trail after the three judges who were accused of wanting to kill the king in colonial times. These judges were charged with attempted Regicide (killing of the regent). They hid in a cave (really a space between some huge rocks) which is now called 3 judges cave which the trail goes right by.
This is a long trail that is fairly level but it has many minor ups and downs which make it seem more difficult than it is...
Jogged from just east of the Yale University campus to the trailhead. There is a lovely covered bridge near the dam which you will find if you hike or jog the trail along the side of the creek. From there we hiked uphill. Trails are mostly singly rack and easy to moderate. You can always bail out to the access road. Beautiful views of the city of New Haven and surroundings, especially in the morning. We hiked down the big steps on the south rock face which are steep but have a railing, then jogged back along the creek again.
We really enjoyed this little used trail, so close to home. The trail was well maintained and clearly marked but it was hard to tell if it had been used recently. We didn't see another hiker the entire seven mile length. This point-to-point hike caused us to use two cars, one at both ends and perhaps that's why this trail doesn't see much traffic. The views were spectacular and you didn't have to hike up a mountain to see them. This cliff walk had views numerous views to the west from the tops of vertical cliffs that was really rewarding. Great hike that we plan to do again!