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hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful setting but not very challenging

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike! Do it CCW so you can enjoy the stairs :)

hiking
4 months ago

Simple and scenic. This hike is a good way to experience the area.

hiking
5 months ago

Once you get off the road, it's not too shabby. It's not too challenging though, I wouldn't say moderate, but it will get your HR up!

Went on a chilly, wet, April day. The giant steps were a good workout but a bit slippery. Beautiful view of New Haven.

Views are amazing though you basically hike up along the road the whole time, when I go for a hike I like to be out in the wilderness not seeing a bunch of cars

hiking
7 months ago

Just came back from hiking the regicide trail, my favorite in New Haven. Started at the Westville feeder trail. A great workout if done complete and back to where you started, about 14.2 miles according to my gps, 5hrs 45 min, with some short breaks thrown in. Saw a summer camp outing at Judges Cave. Looked like 10 to 12 year olds They hiked up there, impressed, the future hikers of tomorrow. Other than them, saw no one else the entire length

hiking
7 months ago

The Westville Feeder is just a quick out & back that you can easily fit into a morning or afternoon. As an add-on to this feeder trail, I recommend continuing onto the Regicides Trail which leads you up a short ways to Judges Cave where Edward Whalley and William Goffe hid out in the 1660s trying to evade retribution from Charles II whose father (King Charles I) they had sentenced to death in the 1640s.

hiking
8 months ago

Did a portion of this (the red blaze mostly), to see the views from the ridge, which were quite long-range and saw a little bit of Lake Wintergreen. A very nice hike.

Heavy traffic, beautiful views lots of wildlife

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Always beautiful!

on East Rock Loop Trail

scenic driving
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great view of new haven and surrounding areas- can see Long Island on a clear day! Also nice that you can choose to drive up or hike (or bike or run!) to the summit and there are plenty of trails that branch out around the park

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice geocache at the top where the monument is and a nice letter box on a sister peak.

birding
Sunday, July 31, 2016

great view at the top and the giant steps are super fun.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Easy climb for a nice walk, jog, or run.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

It's a great trail with good views. It's well marked. Give yourself a good challenge by doing the whole thing, out and back.

trail running
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ran this trail and made it into a loop by connecting with the red trail in West Rock State Park. The views are pretty spectacular for southern CT. Unfortunately, like many other beautiful locations with easy car access, there is a a fair amount of grafitti and broken glass near the south end. The trails are very well marked. A bit rocky.

trail running
Thursday, May 28, 2015

I love running at East Rock. The trails are easy on my knees and sometimes I run on the access road because it isn't as steep going up.

hiking
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Highly recommend this hike. I did two days ago 3/29/2015 with snow on the ground. We started at the base of west rock, hiked the regicides and connected with the Quinnipiac trail. The last stint was sleeping giants blue trail to red trail. all in all 14 miles and so much to see. worth every step. call me if you have any questions 860-984-9651. my name is Tyler

hiking
Friday, January 10, 2014

Great hike along the ridge top. At the northern end it intersects with the Quinnipiac Trail which can take you further north toward Mt Sanford in Cheshire/Prospect or you can turn east and head toward Sleeping Giant in Hamden. There is a paved but unused road that parallels the Regicides Trail that makes for a nice return stroll!

The trail is named "Regicides" trail after the three judges who were accused of wanting to kill the king in colonial times. These judges were charged with attempted Regicide (killing of the regent). They hid in a cave (really a space between some huge rocks) which is now called 3 judges cave which the trail goes right by.

This is a long trail that is fairly level but it has many minor ups and downs which make it seem more difficult than it is...

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