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Peter's Rock Circuit is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Haven, Connecticut that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest Views Muddy Off trail
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This walk circles the periphery of Peter's Rock Park in North Haven, including both the north (red trail, 373') and south (light blue trail, 267') summits, which have fine views to the south, west and north. The park is entirely forested, with relatively few evergreens, and lots of maple and oak trees, so the Fall foliage is great. This route is the longest and perhaps the hilliest walk you can take. The walk starts near the bottom of Hermitage Lane, by the end of the yellow trail, climbing to the end of Hermitage Lane, where it joins the white trail to circle and the red trail to ascend the north summit. There are fine views of Sleeping Giant, Hubbard Park and the Hanging Hills of Meriden to the north, the meadows of Quinnipiac River and Ridge Road and the West Rock Ridge to the west. Then you descend the red trail until it meets the green and orange trails. Go left on the green trail until it joins the blue trail (about 100 yards) and follow the ascending and descending loop of the blue and green trails back to where the green, red and orange trails meet. Go left onto the Orange trail, which descends to the valley of the Little River (about 130' elevation). After crossing the river and turning left onto the light blue trail, you skirt the back yards of Glen Haven and Rabbit Rock Roads and then ascend to the south summit and views of New Haven Harbor, downtown, East Rock and, immediately below, the Covidien (former U.S. Surgical) campus. After a lengthy descent on the light blue trail, you will go right onto the red trail (Going left for 200 years would take you to the park's main entrance on Middletown Ave.) and continue to the intersection of the yellow trail. These stretches of the red and yellow trails are relatively flat. The route laid out here turns left onto the pink trail, which leads quickly to Middletown Ave. (Route 17), where a right turn will take your back to Hermitage Lane. In very dry weather or a deep freeze, you can follow the yellow trail back to Hermitage Lane, rather than taking the pink trail and Route 17.

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Annmarie Goenne
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I wrote a review back on 9/4, when I came, but dont see it here. I also posted in a few hiking forums about the dangerous trails of so many trees down. I parked on back road, near residences and kiosk. only 50 ft or so in, many branches down. 100 ft in 4 large trees down, many impassable. The storm that came through this area really messed up this trail. I didnt go any further, due to a bad feeling and not wanting to be injured. so please avoid this trail until either park n rec, forest assoc, or city can come clean the trails. I have posted pics of trees down.

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John Jackson
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HikingBlowdown

I am not sure why the town has not cleared trees from a storm over 3 weeks ago. The trails were ok until I got further on blue. multiple trees down and paths to Peter's rock impassable. Very dangerous. If you are tempted to try this do not bring dogs. The trail near the parking has a lot of broken glass in several places. This trail could be great if maintained.

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Anisha Kolupoti
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Denise Eldridge
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HikingBugs

Nice gentle trail. S fee hills but gentle and deserted

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Jordan Chandler
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownScramble

This was a very average trail. My favorite hikes are those with beautiful views (summits) and scenery (waterfalls). This one was subpar in those categories. With that being said, most of the main trail was wide and easy to travel. A few spots with a good incline (I chose to take the rock scramble to intensify things), but other than that it was pretty level. A lot of bugs which was expected but by far the most spiderwebs I've ever walked into. Has potential for a gorgeous sunset view.

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Karen Wallace
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View at the summit was beautiful and we were the only ones on the trail. Definitely some steep parts. Lots of trail options to take. Recommend using the app as it can get confusing.

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Kate Layman
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Pay attention to the app! Lots of twists and turns.

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Clare Dignan
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Hiking

Lovely, easy trail with lots of modifications for short or long hikes

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Shannon O'Connell
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HikingMuddyOff trailPrivate property
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Jon Smalling
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Hiking

Good trails but very confusing

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Mel Pel
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Hiking

This was a nice trail and it was very quiet. I was a little confused about where it began because All Trails shows it begin at the beginning of the road and it actually starts at the end of the road. There are also many trails and I wish that the app showed them all.

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Alexis R
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Hiking

This is a very nice set of trails with a good summit with some nice views. I had trouble following the suggested AllTrails trail and kind of just made up my own.

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Lorraine Esposito
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Hiking

The trail was excellent as usual. The only problems I think are caused by unauthorized off road vehicles/ATVs. They create deep mud trenches at soft spots in the trail. It takes much longer for those places to dry so it was muddier than is should have been in places.

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Jaime Willadsen
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Kateryna Omelchenko
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HikingFlooded
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Rich Laskey
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Hiking

Lots of ups and down

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J D
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HikingMuddy

Great hike right in your backyard! All Trails map came in handy due to so many intersecting trails. Trail can be wet and muddy so don’t go after a good rainfall. Several steep inclines with just enough to get the heart pumping. Some spots there was glass but definitely dog friendly trail. You can either park at the bottom of the hill or drive up the road to a small parking area where the trail begins. Definitely coming back to hike a different trail.

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Ray Herzog
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Hiking

A great hike on a Sunday morning. Dog loved it.

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Nicole Hammond
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HikingBugsOver grown

This trail follows the red to light blue to yellow blazes. Pretty dependent on this app to follow the trail with so many different off shoots. Parking is limited at trail head or bottom of street.

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