West Rock Ridge State Park
Located in Hamden and New Haven West Rock is a seven mile ridge. If you stay at the top or bottom of the ridge the trails are fairly easy ranging from dirt roads around Lake Wintergreen to nice singletrack. Any time you try to climb up or down the ridge you encounter moderate to difficult terrain. There are also a couple of monster climbs and great views from the South end of the Park which looks out over New Haven and Long Island Sound.
From the Parkway, take exit 60. Turn south on Dixwell Ave. (right off ramp). Turn right onto Benham St. at the Diner. Follow Benham to the end. Turn Left onto Main St. At a sharp left in the road, Lake Wintergreen parking lot will be on your right.
The Blue blazed trail is closed to bikes, as is the violet, but there are plenty more available! Maps are available indicating all open trails at the Sleeping Giant HQ,
200 Mt Carmel Ave.
The Park is open 8am til sunset, and parking is available at Lake Wintergreen.
By Alex Sokolow