New Haven: West Rock Ridge State Park Loop

This 4-mile loop circles the city's most prominent ridge, visits a 1661 hideout, and rewards a light effort with dramatic views of New Haven Harbor.
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This 4-mile loop circles the city's most prominent ridge, visits a 1661 hideout, and rewards a light effort with dramatic views of New Haven Harbor.

Mapped by Ed Wheeler

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.4

Waypoints

WRR001

Location: 41.344841003418, -72.9670715332031

From entrance, go W on red-blazed trail. In 250 ft., bear R @ T, heading N toward Lake Wintergreen on wooded path

WRR002

Location: 41.348461151123, -72.9698028564453

Stay straight @ 3-way; continue N

WRR003

Location: 41.3511581420898, -72.9694519042969

Turn L @ 4-way onto orange-blazed trail near S tip of Lake Wintergreen; head W for steep, .3-mi. ascent of ridge

WRR004

Location: 41.3517189025879, -72.9737930297852

Bluffs on W side of West Rock Ridge rise abruptly above Konolds Pond to the W. Turn L @ 4-way onto blue-blazed trail

WRR005

Location: 41.3487014770508, -72.9720153808594

Straight on blue-blazed trail @ 4-way

WRR006

Location: 41.3472900390625, -72.9720764160156

Continue S on blue-blazed trail; park road intersects trail multiple times

WRR007

Location: 41.3445510864258, -72.9700088500976

Bear slight L onto green trail, heading S

WRR008

Location: 41.3393592834473, -72.9670333862305

Straight @ 3-way onto blue trail

WRR009

Location: 41.338550567627, -72.9663772583008

Judges Cave: In 1661, this was a hideout for 2 judges who sentenced King Charles I to death. Head SW on blue trail

WRR010

Location: 41.3366088867188, -72.9673767089844

Bear slight L @ 4-way (stay on blue trail)

WRR011

Location: 41.3322906494141, -72.9611511230469

Savor views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound from S overlook. Head E for steep, rocky section along cliffside

WRR012

Location: 41.3359260559082, -72.9601745605469

Straight on red trail @ 6-way

WRR013

Location: 41.3402099609375, -72.9626235961914

Straight @ 4-way, staying with red blazes. In 550 ft., straight @ 3-way; follow red trail to trailhead

Lake Wintergreen

Location: 41.3511276245117, -72.9694290161133

©Ed Wheeler

Overlook

Location: 41.3322792053223, -72.9611511230469

View from overlook at S end of the loop. ©Ed Wheeler