Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail

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Sleeping Giant Head Blue and Violet Loop Trail 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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
10 days 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

hiking
21 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for hiking

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Always a good hike

hiking
2 months ago

4/22
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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
4 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!

6 months ago

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!!

8 months ago

Great place to check out

hiking
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

rock climbing
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty spot and a nice workout to get through trail.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the best places I've been to!

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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

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