Regicides Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Haven, 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.

Length6.9 miElevation gain921 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningCaveForestLakePartially pavedViewswild-flowersRockyScramble
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Rugged cliff-walk with spectacular views of multiple lakes and busy highways below. Mostly a level walk along a ridgeline going south to north. You get there by going through the West Rock Ridge State Park entrance off Wintergreen Avenue in Hamden. Follow the signs up the hill to the South Overlook about 1.2 miles. There is a large parking lot at the top of the overlook with incredible views of New Haven and Long Island Sound on a clear day. The trail is clearly marked with blue blazes. The northern terminus trailhead is located right behind the South Overlook shelter. The trail is mostly easy going but there is a two (+) mile stretch, right in the middle of this seven mile trail, that includes a lot of rock hopping ankle-breaker rocks that tends to slow you down. The rest of the trail is a really enjoyable hike with plenty of shade. At the northern terminus of trail it joins the Quinnipiac Trail (blue blazed) and the clearly marked Sanford Feeder (blue-red blazed, 0.6 mile) which connects the Regicide Trail with Brooks Road in Bethany. There is road-side parking on Brooks Road at the end of the Sanford Feeder.

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Tabitha Nolan
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Xiaoqiang Luo
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Dariusz Pracon
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Dariusz Pracon
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Nick Rossi
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Nice walk. The whole western half of the trail is along the rock cliffs and requires scrambling over some rocks. Well marked in some places but easy to get a little lost in others. Lots of opportunities to make your own loops with other trails

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Kay Bernhard
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Nice hike, trails are very well marked and easy to walk on. blue trail, of course is different. Trailhead was not accessible. north end of wintergreen lake is a good starting point, too. Noise from city and Rt 15 is a bit annoying. Sleeping Giant or Hanging Hills are close nearby and offer nicer hikes.

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Anna Bluhm
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too close to civilization for my taste. there was constant noise in the background. but nice ridge.

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Dmitriy Tyutyunik
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Aaron Egensteiner
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Dana Palermo
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Pamela Larriuz
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Wendy Robertson
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Love this trail’

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Casey Glennon
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It’s an Easy-Moderate trail. Can be rocky at times, but not difficult at all. The difficulty comes from the length which is around 7 miles. The beginning of the hike is a little too close to the city so you see a lot of roads and hear a lot of cars/sirens so it’s not like you’re totally in the woods. There is one spectacular view (which is a little ways before the peak and didn’t really have any clearing for a view) Overall, it’s an okay hike. Close to the city, most of the trails almost paved and are pretty well marked, but it’s length and rocks give it a bit of a challenge. I’d recommend for an easy-going day trip

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Kevin Pimpinelli
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Great trail. Lots of rocks and some awesome views.

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Adam Lambert
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The trail was a nice gradual climb. Nice for kids. The cave was neat. The view at the top is very nice. A little maintenance would make it perfect.

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Dan Moody
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Tori Dwyer
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Stunning views! Although the trails are well-marked, it is very important to consult the AllTrails map frequently and/or have a compass with you. I started out on the red trail and must have taken at least 6 different colored trails in order to stay close to what this loop was and ended up going about 9 miles in total! Make sure you have your hiking shoes for this trail, as it is very rocky in some areas and will slow you down. I completed this trail in just under 4 hours with very few stops along the way. The gates to the park close at 6pm so keep that in mind. Patience is key to this loop. It is a beautiful trail with plenty of wildlife and views along the way, especially during this time of year. In the end, I’m glad I gave this trail a chance!

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Josh Martin
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Rachel Soufrine
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Joseph Erdos III
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Great trail(s). Do not follow the blue trail the entire way - as it will be a much longer hike. If starting northwest, follow blue for first 3.7 miles, then take the purple, to the white. Follow white until it becomes maroon. Lots of cool side trails. Always use AllTrails! Enjoy

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Bryan Schatzlein
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This was a fun hike with some really nice scenic spots spread out across the distance. I prefer this hike over East Rock. The ridge walk after crossing the tunnel added some excitement without feeling too dangerous. The trail is pretty obvious for most of the distance. We logged a little over 8 miles despite the app saying around 7. One thing to note, while the elevation looks like it may be difficult, it’s spread out over a lot of little ups and downs. Only a few sections were pretty steep.

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Tricia Torreso
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Great hike. Rugged. No bugs. Saw the ventilation shaft for the tunnel. Saw some hawks flying over the ridge line.

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Dan T
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gate was closed at 8:10am so I parked at a different spot. I'm kind of glad I did because I prefer to start a loop at more of a low point. overall this trail and park was not really my favorite of this type in the area. there was a lot of road noise (better than gun ranges I guess) and a lot of ups and downs for fairly limited payoff. the best view is from the parking lot at west rock. it was a decent amount of elevation gain and workout though. I enjoyed the forested road walks the best (some of the trail parallels these roads very closely, which I found annoying) as I always am nostalgic for a car-less road walk. dogs were alright on it, though they are good with boulders and rocks. felt like fall early and got warm. in the future I would hike around the lake and more toward the north to explore the views of woodbridge. this would not be my go-to hike to show off the area to visitors, but I may come back in the future to explore. prefer east side of sleeping giant and Tyler mill preserve to this. or even east rock.

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Tabitha Nolan
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Juan Derer
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Spectacular views, especially of New Haven. Most of the trail is rocky. It gets a little confusing though once you reach the trail's intersection near the tunnel ventilation structure. Tunnel ventilation is pretty cool since you can hear the vehicles passing through the highway under the park.

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Wendy Robertson
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A little beaten up after the storm, but nothing insurmountable. Love the Regicides.

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Samuel Marshall
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Ravella Riffenburg
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Started in the morning before the downpour and we were in the forest for most of the day’s rain. Thanks to the thick canopy, even when the rain was at it’s strongest it was very pleasant. Thankfully, no rain jackets needed because we didn’t pack any. Additionally, I would recommend making sure your hiking boots have good grip in case it rains. A good portion of the hike is rocky and even with a little water, the rocks get slippery. Other reviews recommend bug spray, which was great advise. Part of the walk is along a pond that is flush with mosquitos and there are bugs all along the walk. That said, the bugs don’t take away from the pond. The only thing that took away from the hike was the broken glass by several scenic outlooks, which I’m finding is not unusual for Connecticut. What the hike losses in glass it makes up in fungi populations. There were so many colorful and stunning mushrooms along the trail so don’t be afraid to nerd out. All in all, this hike well worth the undertaking. Loads of diversity in biodiversity and trail style.

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