Could 1, 2022 – New Haven, Connecticut
Size: Roughly 3.6 miles
Max elevation: 443 ft.– whole elevation acquire roughly 545 ft.
Route sort: Circuit
Trailhead parking: Parking for West Rock State Park – 445 Blake St, New Haven, CT 06515
No bogs on web site – No entrance or parking charges
Loads of parking in paved lot
Rising as much as 627 ft above imply sea stage, West Rock Ridge is likely one of the most distinguished options of the New Haven area. West Rock affords guests a spectacular view. It’s estimated that one can see roughly 200 sq. miles from numerous places on the ridge with wonderful views of New Haven Harbor and Lengthy Island Sound.
West Rock Ridge State Park is situated in elements of New Haven, Hamden, and Woodbridge, Connecticut. The state park is known as for the 400 to 700 ft. entice rock West Rock Ridge, which is a part of the Metacomet Ridge extending from Lengthy Island Sound to the Vermont border. The park’s 7 miles of open west-facing cliffs supply vistas encompassing Metropolitan New Haven and suburban cities to the west. The park contains Judges Cave, a colonial period historic web site; Lake Wintergreen; and the almost 7-mile lengthy Regicides Path, a part of the Connecticut Forest and Park Affiliation’s Blue Path system. The park is a component of a bigger space of protected open area together with state, municipal, and non-profit owned land.
On the South Overlook, take pleasure in a panoramic view of south central Connecticut together with the Sleeping Large, East Rock Park, New Haven Harbor and the shimmering expanse of Lengthy Island Sound. From some vantage factors at South Overlook, the vistas from West Rock are mentioned to embody 200 sq. miles.
The park is open for walk-in entry from 8 am to sundown.
The drive to the summit is open for autos on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend till the final weekend in October from 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
West Rock Ridge State Park is a carry-in, carry-out park with no trash services, so customers are requested to take out any objects they create with them.
Within the seventeenth century, West Rock served because the hideout for Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Gen. William Goffe, two of the three “Regicide Judges” whom New Haven honors by streets bearing their surnames. That they had fled England, anticipating prosecution underneath King Charles II for signing the demise warrant of his father Charles I. The rock shelter hideout utilized by the 2 is now known as Judges Cave. Goffe and Whalley hid at Judges Collapse 1661 and once more in 1664. The Regicides Path can be named with this historical past in thoughts.
Regicide is the killing of a king (or queen). The phrase derives from the Latin regis, that means “king,” and the traditional French cide, that means “killer.” Immediately, the phrase regicide will also be utilized to politicians who topple a president or prime minister.
The park started as a metropolis park in 1826, when Elijah Thompson donated 50 acres to the Metropolis of New Haven. In 1927, Governor Simeon Baldwin donated over $100,000 to the New Haven Park Fee, resulting in acquisition of a giant portion of the ridge and building of Baldwin Drive within the 1930’s.
In 1962, the State of Connecticut endorsed the necessity for open areas preservation. In 1975, the State legislature unanimously created West Rock Ridge State Park and established the boundaries of the bigger Conservation Space.
New Haven’s metropolis park, which had grown to greater than 600 acres, was transferred to the State in 1982, and the State continued to accumulate parcels throughout the West Rock Ridge Conservation Space through the years, for a complete now of over 1700 acres.
Amrhyn Subject is known as for Gustave Xavier Amrhyn, New Haven’s first Superintendent of Parks. He was employed in 1900 and remained Park Superintendent till his demise on December 5, 1929.
There are greater than 25 miles of marked trails in and close to West Rock Ridge State Park, all of that are marked with painted blazes. If two blazes are stacked to resemble an equal signal, then this image signifies the top of the path. There isn’t any particular marker to point the beginning of a path.
The Inexperienced, Crimson, Crimson-White, Yellow and White blazed trails are designated as multi-use. Driving horses and mountain bikes on these trails is inspired. All different trails are footpaths for mountain climbing exercise solely.
Trails used on this hike:
Teal/White Path (TW) is a brief connector path (0.18 mile) that connects to the Teal Path. It begins to the correct, instantly after crossing the footbridge over the West River. Search for the painted markers on timber alongside the sting of the sphere. It enters the woods by the third base dugout and a brief distance later, ends at a T-intersection with the Teal Path.
The Teal Path (0.20 mile) runs principally north-south alongside the japanese facet of the park and connects to the Crimson Path. The portion of the Teal Path used on this hike, rises steadily by way of the woods.
The Crimson Path (0.25 mile) within the part used on this hike could be very steep and rocky. It climbs the ridge utilizing stone steps in a number of locations together with a number of switchbacks. That is probably the most bodily demanding a part of the hike, however it’s quick lived.
Situated solely inside West Rock Ridge State Park, the blue-blazed Regicides Path extends 6.8 miles northerly from the South Overlook of West Rock to its terminus on the Quinnipiac Path on the west slope of York Mountain. Alongside the best way, the Regicides Path intersects with a sequence of various coloured trails that climb the ridge. With these quite a few path choices, hikers can simply customise the size of their hike.
The Regicides Path begins by a stone wall and pavilion on the South Overlook in New Haven, passes historic Judges Cave, and follows the ridgeline by way of Hamden, ending on the Quinnipiac Path in Bethany. From 375 ft above sea stage on the South Overlook, the traprock ridge rises to greater than 600 ft the place the 2 trails be part of on the west slope of York Mountain. The path is known as in honor of William Goffe and Edward Whalley, two of the Regicides of King Charles I of England. Looking for to keep away from seize by brokers of King Charles II, Goffe and Whalley hid at Judges Collapse 1661 and once more in 1664.
The Westville Feeder Path (0.7-mile) connects the Westville part of New Haven to the Regicides Path on the prime of the ridge close to Judges Cave. The Westville Feeder is a large rocky path that steadily climbs up the facet of the ridge. The path begins on the pedestrian bridge over the West River close to the ballfield off Valley and Blake streets within the Westville part of New Haven.
Having been to West Rock Ridge State Park the earlier week, I made a decision to make a return journey to discover a distinct space. With the park roads closed off to vehicular site visitors, you gained’t discover many individuals up on the ridge. Anybody that you just run into on the South Overlook or Judges Cave, needed to put within the effort by hoofing it up there. The dearth of foot site visitors close to the ridge, is what makes mountain climbing in West Rock Ridge State Park so pleasing.
We parked within the lot behind The Nicely For Girls: Therapeutic massage Remedy and Elm Metropolis Montessori College, which share the identical parking zone. That’s a licensed parking space for West Rock Ridge State Park. A footbridge over the West River connects the parking zone with Amrhyn Subject. Parking can be obtainable within the adjoining Amrhyn Subject lot.
We did the hike as a form of “determine 8” loop and stayed up on the ridge as soon as we bought there. We rotated simply earlier than the Inexperienced Path begins to descend.
The elevation profile of the hike beneath.
We parked near the footbridge that connects to Amrhyn Subject. On the railing of the footbridge is a blue-over-yellow painted blaze. That’s the Westville Feeder Path that goes left after crossing the bridge.
After crossing the footbridge, there are two offset blue-over-yellow blazes that point out that the Westville Feeder Path turns left. That will probably be your return route, however for now, flip proper and observe the teal-over-white blazes that start on the correct.
Throughout the sphere is West Rock Ridge, your vacation spot on this hike. In the event you look intently, you may see a part of the stone wall that surrounds the South Overlook.
Observe the teal-over-white blazes as they run alongside the sting of the sphere. You too can simply minimize throughout the sphere and head in direction of the third base dugout, the place this quick connector path enters the woods.
Observe the teal-over-white blazes behind the third base dugout the place it turns proper, enters the woods, and begins to climb. A brief distance later, the teal-over-white blazed Connector Path ends at a T-intersection with the Teal Path that is available in from the left. As soon as on the Teal Path, you might be formally in West Rock Ridge State Park.
Flip proper and observe the Teal Path because it heads northeast alongside non-public property.
A brief unmarked path to the left results in this kiosk close to the mountaineering space. The Ragged Mountain Basis put in it in September 2021.
Observe the Teal Path for about 800 ft till you see a path that begins on the left with a purple arrow painted on a tree.
Flip left on this path and observe it a brief distance, the place it connects to the Crimson Path, that is available in from the correct. If you get to the Crimson Path, bear left because it climbs the ridge.
The Crimson Path quickly climbs somewhat steeply, at occasions coming near the sting of the cliffs. There are a number of quick trails that result in the sting, providing some views of New Haven beneath. In the event you determine to get near the sting, watch your footing and check out to not dislodge or kick any stones off the ridge. There could also be rock climbers just under on the cliff face.
The Crimson Path continues its steep ascent, quickly climbing over uneven and eroded stone steps. Because the path climbs, a rock outcrop on the correct, supplies east-facing views of Sleeping Large and East Rock.
Quickly the Crimson Path climbs extra stone steps and a brief distance later, ends on the South Overlook.
The southernmost peak of West Rock Ridge State Park is called the South Overlook. It contains a big round parking space and a stone pavilion.
The South Overlook presents excellent views to the west, south and east, together with Sleeping Large State Park with its distinctive profile, East Rock Park with its hanging purple cliffs topped by the Troopers and Sailors Monument, the town of New Haven, together with the harbor, Lengthy Island Sound, and Lengthy Island.
The outer space alongside the wall of the South Overlook.
When the inside roads of the park are open, this parking zone will probably be crammed on a pleasant day.
When you find yourself executed taking within the views, search for a blue blaze on the break within the wall and head in direction of the again of the stone pavilion. The blue-blazed Regicides Path begins right here.
The Regicides Path traces roughly, the route Edward Whalley and his son-in-law William Goffe traveled whereas making an attempt to evade arrest by order of King Charles II.
The Regicides Path runs alongside the western fringe of the traprock ridge, offering far reaching views from rock outcrops.
The start part of the Regicides Path is usually stage with a railing or chain hyperlink fence in some sections, defending hikers from the steep drop-off alongside the ridge. On the east facet of the path, a stone wall for Regicide Drive, the paved highway that connects the primary entrance to the South Overlook and Judges Cave, is seen at occasions.
The Regicides Path supplies frequent glimpses of westerly views by way of the timber.
The Regicides Path travels by way of a gap in a wall and connects with Regicides Drive, a paved park highway. We left the path simply shortly earlier than and walked alongside the paved highway, passing the opening within the wall the place the path joins the highway.
A brief distance later, The Regicides Path which is now co-aligned the paved Regicides Drive, involves a circle the place Judges Cave is situated. There’s a picnic desk within the heart of the circle, which makes a great spot to take a break.
Judges Cave, extra of an enormous fractured boulder than an precise cave, stands on the circle on Regicides Drive. A cluster of fragmented rocks type a cave-like hideout
Within the seventeenth century, West Rock served because the hideout for Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Gen. William Goffe, two of the three “Regicide Judges” searching for to keep away from seize by brokers of King Charles II. With energetic assist from native Puritans, they hid there
in Could 1661, and briefly once more in October 1664 earlier than searching for refuge in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Each the blue-blazed Regicides Path and the Inexperienced Path, start simply north of the Judges Cave, simply ft other than one another. The Regicides Path stays within reach distance of the western fringe of the ridge, whereas the Inexperienced Path is nearer to the middle line of the ridge. You may proceed forward on both of the 2 trails. We selected the Inexperienced Path, then returned on the Blue.
The Inexperienced Path heads north on a footpath, which is quickly joined briefly by the Regicides Path which then departs to the left. We adopted the Inexperienced Path for about 0.4 mile, simply earlier than it started to descend. We then bushwacked a really quick distance to the west and jumped on the Regicides Path (Blue Path) and commenced heading south.
The Regicides Path travels by way of a rocky space and shortly approaches the sting of the cliff. There are views by way of the timber of New Haven and past. A brief distance later, the Regicides Path joins the inexperienced Path once more briefly then reaches Regicides Drive.
Observe the blue blazes alongside Regicides Drive till you see the break within the stone wall. The blue blazes depart the highway and start travelling on a footpath, paralleling the park highway.
Quickly the Regicides Path begins to descend on a large rocky path. In slightly below 600 yards, the blue-blazed Regicides Path, departs to the left because the blue-over-yellow-blazed Westville Feeder Path begins on the correct.
Bear proper and observe the Westville Feeder Path downhill on a large rocky footpath.
Because the path nears the extent of the West River, an unmarked path is available in from the correct. A brief distance later, the Teal Path begins on the left. Proceed to observe the blue-over-yellow-blazed Westville Feeder Path.
On the base of the descent, observe the Westville Feeder Path alongside the sting of the ballfield, then flip proper, crossing the footbridge, and return to the parking space, the place the hike started.
A fantastic hike in a gorgeous park. The paths are properly marked and litter free. The most effective half is that we solely noticed a number of folks up on the ridge in that space. It was like we had the park to ourselves. I like to recommend visiting when the primary gate is closed and there may be walk-in entry solely. Value a go to and I plan on going again to discover different areas of the park.
Nicely maintained trails, freed from litter (let’s hold it that approach), not a lot foot site visitors, scenic panorama.
May hear highway noise on the Regicides Path. Quite a lot of sirens wailing from emergency autos on a Sunday.
Take a hike!