This trail provides beautiful scenic vistas of Bear Mountain. It runs an approximate 53 miles and is considered to be a more advanced trail for backpackers. The trail offers mock steps made of rocks to assist in descending down the steep portions of St. Johns Ledges but is often considered one of the high points of the hike. While on the trail, be sure to pull your camera out of your backpack at times to capture the beauty and essence of the surrounding area.
200 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
When it comes to backpacking in the Greater New Haven area, Sleeping Giant is one of the more frequented spots. The trails accommodate both advanced and intermediate backpackers and are very well maintained. On the grounds you will find the white trail, which starts the Tower Trail, leading all the way up to Stone Tower at the top of the trail. There’s also the blue trail, known as the Quinnipiac Trail, and that can be a bit too “hilly” for some.
Located in Wolcott, Connecticut along the Mad River in Peterson Park, this hike spans a little over 36 miles and crosses through nine different towns. The blue-blazed trail is known as a “loop trail” and is classified as moderately strenuous. If you stay on the trail for the entire 36 miles, you will have passed through two additional parks — Black Rock State Park and The White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center.
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
As previously mentioned, The White Memorial Foundation can be reached through the Mattatuck Trail. Located in Litchfield, the center offers about 35 miles of hiking trails that include some of Mattatuck but also branches out into the boardwalk trail and interpretive nature trail. The center is among the finest for offering outdoor awareness on habitats and nature awareness. Everything from scenic trails and wildlife to streams and swamplands can be viewed while backpacking along these trails. It’s perfect for the adventurous outdoor lover.
2 Tunnel Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Located in Washington, Connecticut, this property offers many different trails consisting of hills and loops for any level backpacker. At four miles or under, each trail offers scenic views and rest areas. Some of the more popular trails are the two four-mile trails, Steep Rock Loop and White Circle. For a shorter hike, the Pinney Loop and the Holiday House Trails are ideal.
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