Mirror Lake, White Trail, and Castle Craig Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meriden, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Please note that Hubbard Park has an extensive trail system with various color blazes. There are multiple trails to take to reach the destinations along this route. There are many variations to take to shorten or lengthen your hike.

22 days ago

Nice view at the top, but other than that the marking weren’t very clear. No trail head, and broken glass everywhere, not suitable for dogs because of all the broken glass

3 months ago

beautiful trail! the view at the top is the best. my great Dane loves it as well

5 months ago

Great hike with a great view!

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7 months ago

9 months ago

This is my favorite hike!!!

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

I did the hike on a warmer December day. The hike starts out fine but it does get quite steep at one point. We made it to the top and beautiful views but ended up walking down the paved path on the way down.

trail running
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Great morning run

Monday, August 28, 2017

Love it is so nice and relax

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pretty rocky. Nice views. On the upper end of moderate imo

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Started at the park, walked over 691 and followed the white trail for a while, went right up the front and rocky part of the mountain, a bit slippery, watch out for snakes in large rocks. Trails could be marked out better, views are awesome.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

A pleasant hike near the Southington/Meriden Border. Not easy to find the trailhead/start...but once on the trail, fairly well marked. A pleasant moderate sloping trail except for .2 or .3 directly to/from the top where where it is significantly steeper.

Some broken glass among the rocks along the trail... Nice view from the top...

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

the place is great and the view is awesome the only thing is the it doesn't have signs to guide you where the trails are. nice place to take fresh air and enjoy of the forest.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Note: I checked off "Kid-Friendly" because most of the trails are fine for kids but certain steep and rocky sections of the Blue and White trails are only for older kids with some hiking experience.
I did this one in early December with both of my dogs and my mum. We started on the White trail toward West Peak, crossed the pedestrian bridge over 691, continued uphill on White. We took a sharp left onto the Blue trail. Part of the Blue trail was very steep and narrow - I wouldn't recommend this particular trail for small kids, although many of the other trails are fine for kids. After the steep/narrow section it became very rocky - my dogs had a tough time on some of the jagged boulders. Once we were up the summit of the West Peak the view was pretty spectacular - you can see almost all the way around. We explored the different viewpoints from the summit then took the paved road to East Peak and Castle Craig, bypassing another tough section of Blue trail (maybe next time!). After checking out the views from East Peak (also spectacular, although West is a bit higher). we sought out the White trail and took that the whole way back. As you first head down the White trail from Castle Craig it's also very rocky, steep and challenging, but it eventually becomes moderate for most of the way down. I don't recall how long this took because I'm writing about it months later but I believe it was a few hours. I left off one star because there was quite a bit of broken glass on the very steep sections of Blue and White trails. Otherwise a fine hike, amazing views, and a great workout. I definitely want to do this route again in the nicer weather although I'm sure it won't be as quiet as it was in December.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hiking trail and awesome views from Castle Craig! It was rocky in some areas, but it wasn't too bad. The map was very helpful! Definitely will come back and hike this trail again!

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Easy to miss the start of the trail to head up the east slope, which is a bit more engaging of a hike than the paved trail. Light rocky scramble in portions, and can be steep at times. You can see New Haven and the Long Island Sound on clear days from the castle.

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

We hiked this trail back in October 2016 and I forgot to leave a review. I will say I think we took a different route than the map shown here. It was a bit confusing when we first arrived but we ran into a local hiker that showed us a good starting point, hint: follow the blue arrows painted on rocks and trees and you will eventually make your way up to the castle. Really great views of Meriden and the water. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. We enjoyed this trail, and it's definitely moderate. Would maybe take a hiking stick next time.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not too hard to hike....

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Amazing views !! We walked up the main road all the way to the castle, and man what a wonderful view. You feel like you are on top of the world ! All the leaves were changing colors so it looked like all the trees were on fire. We took the blue trail down and it followed the bluffs down. absolutely need to see it if you are in the area. Logged us at 5.46 miles.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

my go to trail! good workout and the views from the top are beautiful.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

A challenging trail for novices in spots, with a great reward of beautiful views at the top. There was a very steep section at the beginning where we must have lost the trail, we climbed up roots and loose rock to the ridge, then rejoined.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

We took the Castle Craig trail. It was marked well. Not too difficult and absolute amazing views once at the top.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Loved this trail! It got a bit confusing at times, but thankfully I had this app to show me where I was and how to get there where I wanted to go. Not sure if I would have found my way without it. There are a lot of loose rocks and a steep climb right before the castle, but it just made it even better! Even if the view wasn't as incredible as it is, this hike would be completely worth it. Not to mention all the parking in Hubbard Park was super convenient.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Moderate difficulty, altered between brief difficult periods and scenic easy to mid-range trails. The trails were occasionally tough to follow, but the views were absolutely worth it. From the top of Castle Craig, you can even see Long Island on a clear day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Excellent. Path is easy to miss - right after you go under the bridges - steep climb at first and right before the tower but worth it and got the heart racing for all (five and seven years old loved it)
The tower was cool with access to the top for great views.

hiking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Great trail for all levels of experience.

hiking
Sunday, October 04, 2015

An unexpected Connecticut gem. On a clear day offers outstanding view from the top! Cool cliff for photos and the castle is a neat added bonus! you can access this by the white trail or just climb up the access road. we started before the park opened (shhh) and the road was still closed. No bathrooms at trailhead or at the top so make sure to go before. Would definitely return to this close nice view hike!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nice trail. Really steep & rocky if you go up to the castle from the right side entry. Easier starting left on white trail. Doable for a toddler but get ready to carry them at parts...uphill over rocky terrain.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Hiked on a nice clear day and it payed off. The views are very nice on top of the tower. Trail is steep in parts but nothing an average hiker can't handle with out a couple breaks. Overall an ice walk in the woods.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good hike. Great view. But be careful for the dogs, there's a lot of broken glass near the top

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