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Rock climbingRocky

The first trail wasn’t marked well but I found my way using compass on my map followed the yellow trail very steep and very rocky in some areas but if you aren’t in the mood to climb you can always follow the pavement. The view was awesome. I followed the pavement back down.

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Hiking

Parking lot isn’t big enough

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Hiking

Awesome view, but was a little hard to find the trail . I needed to cross a bridge with blocked entrance, it made me confuse if I really was on right way, I just knew I was right when I saw people coming back from another side.

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Hiking

Tough moderate. Rock & steep. Near good tred on shoes.

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HikingOver grownRocky

The views from the top overlooking the water are amazing and much more impressive than the castle view. It's hard to find the trail though. I started by walking down a paved road then there is some cement on the left side with a blue spray paint dot and that's the only marking. I went down the orange trail once before and it was quite a scramble so opted to walk back down the paved road today. Definitely recommend using the app in the woods but the road is an easy back up option.

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This hike killed me! its marked as moderate but those inclines on the paved road up had me stopping to bring my heart rate down. I was so glad to reach the top. Its one of those hikes that you have to prepare yourself for. I would go again

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Hiking

Fun hike! The incline killed us, but we’re just hella fat, overall great hike.

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Hiking

I died on this trail and came back to life just to write this review. The trail was very rocky and steep.

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Hiking

I loved this hike! It was closer to 7 miles with a few steep and treacherous areas but a lot of it was easy. The scenery as views were unbelievable. I saw 2 falcons, 2 deer and 2 snakes. And not very many other hikers except for at the top by the tower. I definitely recommend this trail.

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HikingRockyScramble

The castle was nice. My kids enjoyed going to the top of the tower and over the bridge over the highway. I enjoyed the climb up to the tower (we went counterclockwise), the lake and the views. There was A LOT of broken glass throughout the whole trail which made me worry about my dogs feet. Also the last leg of the trail was along the highway and required us to talk quite loudly to be able to hear each other. I did not enjoy that at all. So all in all, definitely not my favorite, but my kids enjoyed it.

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Hiking

This park is a mess.   A word about the surrounding area: I had intended to do another route listed here on All Trails: the Cathole Pass to Castle Craig; the parking for that hike is to pull your car off onto the shoulder of a numbered state road. This being both my mom’s car and a fairly large SUV I was uncomfortable doing this and abandoned this plan. I then attempted to look for another way to park at Cathole Mountain but soon discovered that all over the towns of Meriden and Berlin are posted “no outlet to park” signs (I suspect I’m about to find out why, see broken glass chronicles below). It is at this point I’ve been roaming around this area for thirty minutes, getting more frustrated by the minute and pulled in to get gas and regroup. I had decided to try one last pass and then abandon all of this and drive home. Mercifully, Google got me to the parking lot for Hubbard Park.   I parked at the entrance and it wasn’t full (11.45 on a Thursday in late July during Covid-19). I walked across the park to the trailhead following GPS. I saw a paved road marked with a white castle-shaped blaze and found this promising. I walked up that about 100 yards and saw enough of it to say to myself “this doesn’t look like it’s a trail” and I turned around and headed back to the trailhead to start over. I then find another paved road with people walking down off of it and asked one of the people I met if there was a trail back where he was coming from and he said there was.   It is at this point I can tell you I was walking this posted trail counter-clockwise, headed first lengthwise up the reservoir. After about five minutes it became clear to me that this too was not a trail and was indeed a paved road all the way through, when car after car came driving up and down it. It was about a 30-minute walk from the trail head to the bridge over the reservoir. I counted 14 cars during this time, going both directions. At ten minutes I resigned myself to the fact that most likely, the first half of this “hike” was going to be walking on a paved road with almost no incline, but I was hopeful after the bridge I would meet a proper trail.   As a brief side note, this walk along the reservoir was quite lovely. I can easily imagine a Hallmark Romance being filmed along this stretch of road. It’s very peaceful, the reservoir is beautiful and you have a good view of the cliffs and of the Castle. I also contemplated whether this road would be wheelchair-accessible and settled on maybe for motorized wheelchairs and scooters, the latter of which I later saw at the Castle parking lot at the top.   I continued past the bridge to walk on this paved road, waiting for a turn off that I never found, and the couple walking near me also either wasn’t looking for or also didn’t find it. About 45 minutes in I turned my All Trails map on to discover that I’d missed a turn off somewhere and had overshot the trail as outlined in this route. I was walking down the white paved path above and to the left of the desired path. At this point I reach directions for cars pointing one way for the Castle and the other way for the Radio Tower and just resign myself to walking a full paved path all the way up and hopefully getting a proper trail on the way down.   Another two brief side notes. In summer the bridge across the reservoir is flanked by some gorgeous white wildflowers. However, the paved road to the top of the mountain is littered with: Slurpie cups, medical face masks, water and Gatorade bottles, a hospital bracelet and quite a bit more, largely of the plastic variety. My entire walk up in about an hour there were 29 cars, going both ways.   Made it to the top and it has a lovely view. The Castle only has maybe two dozen steps to the viewing deck and its nice and breezy up there. Although this was an easy walk if there ever was one it was still 92 degrees out and humid and I got quite sweaty on this adventure. Unfortunately, this is where I started to notice a lot of broken glass: it’s everywhere at the top and, as I’m about to discover, blanketing the trails that connect at the top.   As hoped I saw a trail and it was headed in the general direction of the loop I wished to take back to the car so I embarked down a trail that at the top had a blue blaze over a white blaze on a tree. This is marked as a white trail on the map. I proceed 50 feet down this and learn why this trail is marked rock scramble. For those of you used to “rock scramble” denoting boulder-sized rocks you have to haul yourself over, this is not that. I would describe this more as a “rubble pile scramble” as these are hundreds of small rocks, two or three of which get displaced and roll down the hill with every step.   It is at this point I have to say that I don’t think I’d recommend these trails for children or dogs. There is broken glass EVERYWHERE in between these tiny rocks and for another 15 minutes of walking down the mountain. I’ve come to guess...

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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail to reach some beautiful viewpoints and castle craig. Definitely considered a little more difficult during some parts of the hike. It is also poorly marked. We solely relied on the AllTrails map guide because we couldn’t even see some of the trail markings at some points.

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HikingBugs

hiked 7/18 - went counterclockwise, so walked the road first. once you get on the trail, it's a fun workout and pretty scenery. lots of people at the castle! definitely recommend downloading the map as it's easy to get lost.

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HikingBugsRocky

Was a nice hike, wasn’t marked well. Found a couple that got lost a couple of times. Download the map before going

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HikingBugsRocky

Nice trail with a Lotta points with a scenic view. Good climbs and descents, rocky in places. Last 1.5 miles is road but still a good hike. I went up steep incline from white to blue up to Castle Craig for the extra burn. Views at op of ridge overlooking reservoir are pretty amazing.

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HikingOff trailRocky
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 16, 2020
Hiking

Good trail - I agree that going counter clockwise is the way to go. You go over and under a highway so road noise part of the way. Not good for small children.

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Hiking

Trail was rated as moderate and kid friendly. That’s a stretch. I would say that some of the steep rock “paths” down the backside past the castle are NOT kid or pet friendly. Luckily we did the loop counterclockwise and given the terrain, I think that’s the better way to do it. Trail marking is also pretty sparse in spots closer to the castle, so I’d recommend using the app while hiking. Really easy to make a wrong turn. There is also an elevation drop indicated in the app that does not exist. Shows a 200 foot 90% grade drop and climb. Not there, if you stick to the loop. A little harder for kids, but all made it and spectacular worthwhile views at the top.

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Hiking

Spectacular views from the top

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HikingRocky

My first Connecticut hike and I really enjoyed it. We hiked it with our dog in mid summer and with loads of water breaks it worked out great. There were lots of people in the park and the castle, but the trails were pretty quiet compared to what I’m used to on the West Coast. Additionally, the cliff side views were stunning. I’m giving it four stars instead of five because the trail going up to the castle has glass and even though our dog was completely fine navigating, it’s something that should be addressed. All and all, a great hike!

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