Hiking in Connecticut: Sleeping Giant in Hamden


If you’re looking to take advantage of Connecticut’s wonderful weather this summer, why not go for hike!  There are hundreds of hiking trails in our state and many of them lead to great views. Whether you’re an experienced climber or you’ve only gazed at mountains from afar, Connecticut has hikes for all levels and ages. I’ve hiked across the country since the age of twelve as a member of the Highpointers Club.  Christina, a city girl at heart, is fairly new to the hiking scene.   Regardless of our differences, we enjoy what Connecticut has to offer in terms of hiking.  On Sunday, we climbed Sleeping Giant in Hamden.  Here is how our afternoon panned out-

Sleeping Giant

Overall Grade: B

Address: Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT

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From the official website. We could not get a good enough picture of the tower.

Parking Fee: 8/10-The parking fee is $10.  If you’re planning on camping overnight, this is not a bad fee.  If you’re only planning on a day hike, however, it might seem kind of steep.

Atmosphere: 9/10-Sleeping Giant lies in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. The park is across the street from Quinnipiac University, a private institution with an enrollment of approximately 5900 students. A large fraction of those students hiked Sleeping Giant on Sunday.  Most of the other hikers included families with small children and teenagers.  The park offers hiking, picnicking, camping and fishing.  The mountain offers a lookout tower, a modest nature trail and a scenic view. You’ll find plenty to do if you decide to spend the day.

Trail: 8.5/10-The trail is only 1.5 miles long.  The park’s website calls it “scenic” but the mountain is cloaked by trees until you get to the top.  We enjoyed the historical trail markers we found along the way.  You’ll also notice a modest amount of wild life.

The view:  9/10-When you reach the top, you’ll find a nice view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area from the stone observation tower! 

 In a nutshell:  34.5/40-If you’re looking for a nice quick hike with a great view, Sleeping Giant delivers.  We recommend you take advantage of the park’s fishing and camping opportunities to make the most of your parking fee.

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