Sleeping Giant Tower Trail

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Sleeping Giant Tower Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hamden, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
616 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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Sleeping Giant Tower Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Hamden, Connecticut that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The Tower Trail is the most popular trail at Sleeping Giant. This 1.6 mile trail to the 739 foot summit of Mt Carmel starts at the picnic area across from Quinnipiac University. It is wide and meanders up the side of Mt Carmel ending at a 4-story stone observation tower offering excellent views of N

walking
28 days ago

Great beautiful hike with the pup & friends :) happy to see it being kept clean!

30 days ago

It’s a nice hike on a gravel trail for the family but it was wall to wall people up and down making it less enjoyable. Perhaps try it on a cold and cloudy day.

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly gradual hike up an wide, dirt road. We went on one of the first warm days of Spring, and the crowds were unbelievable. The tower at the top felt like a party, with probably 50 people crammed onto the top level. This would make a decent hike on a day with less people, but it wouldn’t be phenomenal.

2 months ago

Enjoyable, I'll try it again in the summer for hopefully better scenery.

3 months ago

Hiked the tower trail on Sunday- it was VERY icy, but that made it more challenging and fun.

4 months ago

Nice hike with family. Very busy, which is a pro and a con. Great for dogs as there were a bunch of dogs on this trail. Nice views from the tower.

5 months ago

Great place to go for a hike and just the right distance to walk. Bring water and if you have a dog with you bring water for him too, very important.

hiking
5 months ago

Well marked trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful view when you reached the tower!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail itself was not a strenuous hike and is very doable for those that are looking for something less intense and short. It isn't very well marked, as we found out to indicate that you are on the correct trail, so so keep an eye on the markers and if possible use an app that tracks routes.

hiking
7 months ago

Scenic hike and beautiful views from the top at the tower!!! Great photo opp!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing view at the top, does get a little muddy along the trail if it has rained.

7 months ago

Went up to the Tower and a loop through the blue/orange/red/green/white trails. Leaves aren’t changed yet, so if you’re looking for colors wait a week or two more. Be careful of the fallen leaves obscuring the trail. Keep an eye out for markers if you’re not using AllTrails and GPS.

hiking
7 months ago

Usually very very popular on weekends, but the path is easy to follow and great views when you get to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Took the Tower trail up to the Tower then continued down the Blue trail, cut back on the green, and returned on the yellow. Great easy going hike with a few challenging spots. Next time I would do this path in reverse to make it more challenging. The Blue & Green part of the trail are a little steeper and more technical than the Tower trail.

8 months ago

wide gravel trail, doable with a trail stroller, and good for kids, very easy, crowded, just note the length. it's cool because it takes you to the tower, but there are much better hiking trails there.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy switchbacking trail, wide and relatively gentle. Great views at the top.

10 months ago

Great family trail if you have little ones. Terrific views and diverse vegetation.

nature trips
10 months ago

nice walk and awesome views

hiking
11 months ago

the large rocks you have to walk on threwout the path sucked, and my little Lilly hated it even more....

11 months ago

the blue trail very steep at some points. very popular trail and well maintained

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

You start at the bottom and head to the top where the tower is. A decent outing you can do with anyone.

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Spent the afternoon exploring the trails. They are well marked with lots of traffic. Took a few detours on the more challenging trails, nice views & overlooks. It's easy to get lost when going off the main trail- bring a compass.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Perfect day lots of people

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pretty easy trail to the top. Once at the top of the tower you have views in all directions. Unfortunately, there was a lot of vandalism and graffiti throughout the park and made it much less enjoyable.

Friday, March 03, 2017

love it

Monday, November 28, 2016

Great hike

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Nature trail is lovely.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Awesome time!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Great hike with better views once you hit the tower. I would consider this trail on the easy side becuase of the stone path. Which can be rough at times, I prefer a dirt path. I recommend this trail

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