Explore the most popular trails in East Rock Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not well marked. Easy to get back onto the trail if you do get lost. Absolutely stunning view from the top. And a lovely little picnic spot with plenty of trees for hammocks if you’re into that sort of thing.

Not well marked

Not challenging would recommend extending the route

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rocky
2 months ago

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8 months ago

Great activity to burn a half day when in New Haven. Absolutely stunning views during autumn. After our hike we did some scenic driving which I recommend for anyone with some extra time who appreciates the color change. We visited some parks that had better views within an hours driving distance, but if you are in New Haven and looking for something close I highly recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

Start on the switchbacks and continue onto the stairs when you see them. Great workout ... they say there are 286 steps to the top ... some of the steps are steep and not always a railing to hold. If you have anxiety about being on the edge of steep cliffs ... it will start churning in your belly... but trust me ... the view up top of New Haven and Long Island Sound (and the gluts workout) is absolutely worth it! Pack a lunch as there are plenty of picnic tables up top.

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9 months ago

Awesome trail, loved every bit of it. Very scenic view of the elm city especially when you get to the top.

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10 months ago

Great trail. Very easy hike. The blazes are a little difficult to find but still enjoyable

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11 months ago

Enjoyable little hike, great for any fitness level. Wished the trails were a little better marked.

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11 months ago

Great little hike, right on the outskirts of town. If you want the easier hike, go left at the bridge so you can take the switchbacks up, then go down the stairs. Going up them definitely would push this into a moderate hike and not one for the faint-of-heart or the out of shape.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nice hike! Do it CCW so you can enjoy the stairs :)

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Simple and scenic. This hike is a good way to experience the area.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Once you get off the road, it's not too shabby. It's not too challenging though, I wouldn't say moderate, but it will get your HR up!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Went on a chilly, wet, April day. The giant steps were a good workout but a bit slippery. Beautiful view of New Haven.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Views are amazing though you basically hike up along the road the whole time, when I go for a hike I like to be out in the wilderness not seeing a bunch of cars

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heavy traffic, beautiful views lots of wildlife

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Always beautiful!

on East Rock Loop Trail

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice geocache at the top where the monument is and a nice letter box on a sister peak.

bird watching
Sunday, July 31, 2016

great view at the top and the giant steps are super fun.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Easy climb for a nice walk, jog, or run.

trail running
Thursday, May 28, 2015

I love running at East Rock. The trails are easy on my knees and sometimes I run on the access road because it isn't as steep going up.

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

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.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

good place to go and have a great view of New Haven

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