Sleeping Giant Tower Trail [CLOSED]

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Sleeping Giant Tower Trail [CLOSED] 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.

3.2 miles
616 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

4 months ago

Love it. The Tower is the best part.

trail running
6 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months 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.

10 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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Saturday, January 06, 2018

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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Well marked trail

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Beautiful view when you reached the tower!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

nature trips
Sunday, June 25, 2017

nice walk and awesome views

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

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.

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Perfect day lots of people

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

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