Castle Craig via Metacomet Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Castle Craig via Metacomet Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berlin, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1391 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

The trailhead is on Rte 71, the Chamberlin Highway, close to the town line for Berlin/Meriden. The first portion of the hike is easy: it passes Elmere and Merimere Reservoirs, walking across the dams. From there the trail heads upward for some striking views from the ridge, looking out across the city of Meriden, with Sleeping Giant (in Hamden) clearly visible on a clear day. The trail is rough and rocky in places, and steep. At Castle Craig, climbing the tower, there is a panoramic view. The tower is 32 feet high, and sits on 976 foot high East Peak. It's the highest point within 25 miles of the sea from Florida to Maine. Long Island Sound is visible on a clear day. The trail continues onward to a group of radio towers, including a recently added cell-phone tower. On the way, it descends steeply, and immediately turns back up. This section can be avoided by taking the road.

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15 days ago

Just an awesome hike. Views that just keep giving. Some pretty rough slopes. At one point I was begging the trail to go flat but it just kept rising. Great workout.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Had to hop over the railing on side of road to get on trail by the water, then walking up and along the ridge before arriving at Castle Craig. Our trip in mid-March was snowy.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, it was very wet and muddy the day I went, part of the trail bring you right down the middle of a brook. the hardest part is definitely from castle Craig to the towers. awesome hike overall and very well marked and easy to follow.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of loose rock but other than that a nice day hike with amazing views!

9 months ago

This is a great hike. There are some challenging spots, but amazing views, varied settings, and a great workout. The back end when you're coming down more gradually is sometimes on paved road, and then just turns into a walk in the woods. Between Castle Craig and West Peak was my favorite part. You go steeply downhill, in to a ravine and then right back up West Peak. You're right in of Meriden, but it doesn't feel like it.

hiking
11 months ago

Very rocky...45 degree climbs followed by 45 degree descents. Narrow Cliffside paths make this an exciting trip for the athletically inclined. East of Chamberlain highway the metacomet becomes extremely dangerous, unmaintained and sometimes unmarked. Very beautiful grassy areas with pines and cedar by the sides of cliffs

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