Sleeping Giant Tower Trail

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Sleeping Giant Tower Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hamden, Connecticut that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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

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The Tower Trail is the most popular trail at Sleeping Giant. This trail to the 739 foot summit of Mount Carmel starts at the picnic area across from Quinnipiac University. It is wide and meanders up the side of Mount Carmel ending at a 4-story stone observation tower.

hiking
4 days ago

This isn’t really easy. It’s 100% up hill the entire time. Dirt road. I’ve done way harder hikes and my legs were never as sore as they were with this one. Super crowded but worth the visit.

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rocky
20 days ago

More of a gravel path than hiking trail. Uphill the whole way, but coming back isn’t bad. Great views on a clear day.

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rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Love doing this trail! One of my CT favorites ❤️

hiking
bugs
24 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

The weather was awesome. No bugs slight breeze excellent hiking weather. Sunset great at 7pm today. 35 minutes up and ?? Down! Hike on!!’

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

First part was tough with a little scramble area. Views at the top are worth it. Connects back to Tower Trail and it’s easy up the rest of the way. Views from the tower were nice, but it’s a crowded area (Sunday afternoon). By myself, walking at a decent pace with time at the top, took less than 2 hours.

The hurricane really changed the way this park looks but the trial is still a great hike. Castle at the top is a nice place to rest before your descent but not too much a view.

hiking
1 month ago

the park also known as Mount Carmel. the tower was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration it took 3 years and about 60 workers to build the square four story Romanesque style tower. and if your are wondering what the CSP stands for: Connecticut State Parks. this was a very easy trail and simple to follow. a great unique tower that is very popular so don't pass on this sleeping gem.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite place to walk. Trails for all levels. Tower trail is great place to start

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk with Paul up the Tower Trail

recorded Sleeping Giant Tower Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky surface thought on dogs feet ... always a great workout up hill

hiking
2 months ago

I've been hiking this Trail for years. it never ceases to amaze me. It calls to so many people that travel it each week. this is a picturesque hike for sure. there's plenty of mountain laurel and different trees and flowers. The road is wide and can accommodate many people. I've seen this Trail designated as easy and I would say yes it's easy because it's a road but it is at an incline so for some people it might not be easy because of it being at an incline the entire way. There's nothing tricky about the Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

hiked this trail on 7/20/19, it was about 88° and 77% humidity and I'm 66. it was a fairly easy hike considering. well worth the view at the top. lots of hikers of all ages so even if you go by yourself (not recommend) and stick to the trail you're not going to be alone.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and well marked

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A classic. Not difficult in terms of skill, but it’s solid cardio your calves will feel. I will do this about 30 times a year, now that reopened.

Not very many views from the main tower trail but it was also a very foggy day. The tower was absolutely stunning and well maintained, not sure if it was damaged from the storm at all but couldn’t tell if it was! Going up wasn’t challenging as it’s entirely a gravel path but it’s 1.7 miles completely uphill with some steep parts. With the humidity mixed with my sweat I was drenched when we got to the top. For some reason there wasn’t a single mosquito out. I’ll have to check out some other paths next time!

3 months ago

This trail should NOT be rated moderate. It is extremely easy, as it is basically a gravelly road that climbs up the mountain to the tower. Anyone that is able to walk can walk up this trail. It is a beautiful walk though, and I always take it down from the tower after I take the much more challenging blue trail up.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful scenery! I’ve hiked sleepy giant three times.

9 months ago

I went to hike this last week & found out that the trail has been closed since a tornado hit it earlier this year.

hiking
9 months ago

We took this trail a few years ago in the summer. Ended up going up some additional trails after we came part of the way down from the Tower. Nicely blazed, great views. Can be crowded.

11 months ago

Love it. The Tower is the best part.

running
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Easy hike but watch for copper heads in the summer. Also good for running if you want a challenge

walking
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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
Friday, March 09, 2018

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.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

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

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