Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hamden, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

6.4 miles
1,610 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers





As of June 2018, Sleeping Giant State Park is closed due to storm damage.

7 months ago

Great place to hike. Been a few years ago. I wanted to go back this summer but unfortunately it’s closed due to storm damage

7 months ago

Great hike! I took my kids (ages 11 & 9) up to the head in the fall. They were a little nervous in some spots, but it was worth the view from the top.

7 months ago

Great hike. Has a couple of challenging-ish parts. There are some beautiful views. It’s a nice relaxing hike that took about 3.5-4 hours. If in the area, I’d do it again.

8 months ago

This park has stunningly beautiful vistas and trails. It is not for the weak of heart if do the Blue Trail - it is crazy steep but you feel like you've accomplished something when you get to the top. If you stay on the outer edges for the whole park you will find pretty and quiet paths. towards the center of the park it's very well-traveled.

8 months ago

Great place for hiking

8 months ago

this is a sick hike, loved it. the tower was a bit disappointing, imo.

8 months ago

Always a good hike

8 months ago

Sleeping Giant White and Blue Trails
7.06 miles
4 hours 25 minutes
1.75 mph
146 flights of stairs
16,470 steps

Great hike

8 months ago

Unbelievable. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to heights. Petrified of heights but was able to conquer this track. Beautiful views, wildlife and all nature has to offer. Great way to spend Earth Day 2018.

9 months ago

There's a super difficult scramble in the very beginning, but then it levels out and is not that hard, just a bunch of ups and downs. We had planned to take the blue trail there and then the violet trail back, but the violet trail turned out to be just a simple walk, so we quickly switched back to the blue. Very fun overall, and a nice challenge! It took us 3.5 hours round-trip, with about 30 min of lunch.

9 months ago

Pleasantly challenging — scrambles could be tough if you’re afraid of heights/don’t have much confidence in yourself...definitely worth a try for anyone feeling adventurous! Just be mindful of loose/slippery rocks, as an avid hiker I almost took a tumble a few times!

9 months ago

A pretty awesome trail that my family and I have hiked many times throughout the years.

11 months ago

One of my favorite trails . I once did it in flip flops ! (Big mistake) does have challenging points but the view is worth it ! Not for everyone and make sure to bring water and proper footwear!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Insanely difficult and dangerous. But I’m a complete scaredy cat! If you are not a rock climber full time, don’t do it! Beautiful view at the top, though!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Great place to check out

Friday, October 06, 2017

I've yet to come across another hike that allows for such awesome and ample access to a cliffside scramble. The quarry is certainly the highlight of the blue trail. But the backside of the mountain, facing East, offers some awesome views of New Haven.

The wooded areas on top of the mountain are magical and have their own unique energy which is so inviting and peaceful.

I'm so glad that I live near this wonderful spot.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

blue trail is tough. fed a good hike and good views. lots of traiks

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

It's not that hard ... nice views !!

rock climbing
Monday, September 04, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Went up the blue trail first (highly recommend instead of violet first), Then had some spectacular views on the way up. Steep incline but doable. Really nice workout. We continued past the tower and hiked the blue until we crossed paths with the violet and then we turned around and came back. Highly recommended!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pretty spot and a nice workout to get through trail.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

One of the best places I've been to!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Started with the tower trail, reached the castle, and then decided we wanted more of an adventure. Boy did we get it! We followed the blue trail back, but it didn't make a loop for us. We ended up on the Hartford Turnpike instead. We saw 3 copperheads and what we think was a pile of bear poop! Beautiful views! Some tough inclines and declines, but it was worth it! I am so proud of my 8 and 10 year old daughters for keeping a great attitude most of the way, even after the snake encounter!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hard but great views! Took blue up, past the tower transferred to Violet, at the road took Orange back to the parking lot.
Swam in the river at the base of the blue trail after - a much needed cool down after a hot humid day's hike.
Loved it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

tough but amazing views and definitely worth it!

Friday, June 23, 2017

This is one I'll surely re-visit to try all the trails.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

great trails. clearly labeled. useful map in the beginning of the park. I like the options to mix and match the trails to make it work for what your looking for. saw lots of chipmunks, squirrels, and toads.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great views. Fun, intense climbs and plenty of alternate routes back if crunched for time.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The blue trail is intense love it! Favorite place to get my cardio on.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

If you're looking for a challenge this would be it...

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