Hiking in Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Sleeping Giant, with a high point of 739 feet, is a rugged traprock mountain located 8 miles north of New Haven. It is part of the narrow, linear Metacomet Ridge that extends from Long Island Sound near New Haven, north through the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts to the Vermont border.

A prominent landscape feature visible for miles, the Sleeping Giant receives its name from its anthropomorphic resemblance to a slumbering human figure as seen from both the north and south. The Giant is known for its expansive clifftop vistas, rugged topography. Most of the Giant is located within Sleeping Giant State Park. The mountain is a popular recreation resource; over 30 miles of hiking trails traverse it including 5 miles of the 23-mile Quinnipiac Trail. Quinnipiac University is located at Mount Carmel’s foot in Hamden.

State park with hiking trails up a ridge whose uneven profile is thought to evoke a sleeping giant.

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