East Rock Park
East Rock Park
4.5
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Daniel Yoon
134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Multiple paths to the summit, providing nature enthusiasts with ample photo opportunities. The trail is relatively quiet, especially considering the declining popularity of outdoors activities, especially hiking. The summit offers a better view of New Haven, though the skyline is not particularly remarkable. One path is steep and challenging, leading to a unique photo spot that most hikers may avoid due to the difficulty.

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The park and the path up is a hidden gem for nature lovers seeking a peaceful hiking experience. The trail to the summit offers several paths, each with its own charm and difficulty level. During our visit, we found the trail to be refreshingly free of crowds, a rarity in today's world. One positive outcome of the declining popularity of outdoor activities, I suppose.

As we ascended, we were treated to a variety of scenic spots perfect for capturing the beauty of nature. From lush greenery to rocky outcrops, there was no shortage of photo opportunities along the way. However, the real highlight was reaching the summit. Perched high above New Haven, the vista provided a unique perspective of the city, even if its skyline didn't boast any particularly iconic features.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the trail was a steep, challenging path that few seemed willing to tackle. This route led to a secluded area with a breathtaking view, but its harsh incline and narrow steps made it a less popular choice. For those seeking a bit of adventure, this path offered a rewarding challenge and a chance to capture a truly unique photo.

Our experience was a positive one. While it may not appeal to everyone, it is sure to delight nature enthusiasts, hikers, and photographers alike. If you're in the area and up for a bit of activity, I recommend this spot.
Written 20 March 2024
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We went to the park expecting to drive to the viewpoint however we found that the road is closed to cars during the winter. So we walked the road about 20 minutes to the top up gentle curves. The views of the city and the water are very good. At the top is a memorial to soldiers and sailors from the area who died in various wars. It was a chilly day, but a nice walk.
Written 9 February 2023
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NanLon
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We walked up to the summit and the path are all paved. The path are surrounded by autumn foliage. When you get to the top, the view of the valley in it’s glorious colors await you. There is a shorter way to the top, if you prefer a shorter walk, which we did not know about until we passed a parking lot with lots of cars. The total distance for round trip was about 3.8 miles. It was a beautiful walk and shaded most of the way.
Written 30 October 2022
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Francisco A
Tennessee1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Great view of the city, but it took me like 20 minutes to reach the top. Prepare to walk the whole way.
Written 23 May 2022
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Karina Chaidez
Las Vegas, NV87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Easy hike thru road, moderate hike thru steps. Came to visit my neother to New Haven and got to do this quick 45 minutes hike going up and 20 mins coming down thru the steps trail. We had such a great time, we missed the sunset for just a few minutes but you get to see a beautiful New Haven scenery from the top!
Written 13 August 2021
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Andrew B
Baton Rouge, LA46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was a great morning hike! Not too difficult and provided a great view of the city! Glad we took the time to do this!
Written 15 May 2021
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2 610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
This ridge rock is on the north side of the city on the New Haven/Hamden border. You can see neighborhoods, playgrounds, and panoramic views of the city and of the Long Island sound.

Once you get to the top of East Rock, you can check out the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument. This landmark is visible across the city.
Written 25 April 2021
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Shelly R
Norfolk, VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I were looking for a park to go on a run and we really enjoyed East Rock. We climbed the rock stairs to the summit first then we ran down one side, back up, and down the other side. It was a peaceful 3.5 mile morning jog. View from the top was beautiful. I thought that running back up would be more difficult than it was but the incline was gradual enough that we felt good.
Written 11 April 2021
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MusicMan
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
It’s a nice park up top. Why do state parks allow you to hike up to the top anytime during the day, but lock the gate to drive up? Don’t say Covid or social distancing, because for one, it’s outdoors and two, there probably are several hikes up top all together. I know it’s the tail end of winter but the road is paved and not a dirt road.
Written 19 March 2021
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Multiple ways up by foot, bike, or car. At the top there is plenty of grass for a picnic, with gorgeous views over New Haven. The Soldiers and Sailors monument is at the top as well. A great local spot for those in New Haven!
Written 18 August 2020
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