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East Rock Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New Haven, Connecticut that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 383 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Running

River

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Recordings (208)
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Amber Lynn
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Gate was down when I went at 1:30. How do you get in?

david harris
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Hiking

Giant Steps is an excellent knee workout. Excellent views whole way

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Katie Biga
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A bit boring, went on a trail then back onto the road up. Started at the Davis st parking lot. Kid-friendly.

Jordan Chandler
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Hiking

Been a several times. Didn't follow the trail loop but the top has some great views. Followed the paved trail on the way down in the dark. I've never seen so many fireflies in my life which greatly improved the hike. Very easy trail with nice shortcut trails to the top.

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John Mennell
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Kate Layman
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Tony Stank
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Maria Perez
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Denise Eldridge
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Hiking

Followed the red Mt bike trail. Loops and it felt like the game chutes and ladders. Never really got a feel if a straight up hike. The trail map was in the parking lot. Never saw it until I returned to my car. View amazing.

Sharath Vallabhajosyula
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Hiking

Great little hike. Very doable for all skilled levels and view of new Haven from top is beautiful

Trailor Swift
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Hiking

Great riding even in the winter even got to do some icy trail maintenance so awesome good dogs unfortunately no padding would ride trail again.

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Lorraine Esposito
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Hiking

This was not really a trail for hiking. SO many people, jogging, strollers, walking, etc. it was like walking in Central Park. No thank you. We turned back within .25 miles.

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Richard Moran
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Hiking

Great views from the top of the ridge, stretching from Sleeping Giant in the north to downtown New Haven and Long Island Sound in the south. This park has so many trails, it is easy to customize your hike to your fitness level and schedule. You won't really get that feeling of solitude that many hikers seek, but it is amazing that this system of trails is free and so close to the city.

D Black
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Hiking

It’s East Rock! Nice and easy

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J D
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Hiking

Great hike for the fall! I parked in the street directly at the trails start. Trail was well marked and dog friendly. A lot of glass on the path along the top and hike back. I found this more of a walk then a hike, was easy with challenging rock incline for approximately .3 of a mile. Incredible views, great for leaf peeping.

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Jennie Jung
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Arthur Torrens
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Hiking

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.

Margaret Vaughan
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Hiking

Not well marked

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Tori O’Neil
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Torey Davis
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Hiking

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.

Brie Packer-McCarthy
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Debbie Samilenko
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Hiking

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.

JaQuan Allen
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Hiking

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

Ashley McKernan
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Hiking

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

Matthew Seymour
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Hiking

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

Leigh Stevens
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Hiking

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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