ElevationAscent: 644' 196 m
Descent: -644' -196 m
High: 914' 278 m
Low: 383' 117 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
Current trail conditions
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“While not the most secluded run in the area, this short out and back leads to a unique destination with memorable views.”— Kristen Arendt
From the trailhead, start your run on the White Trail. This trail is wooded and roughly parallels the highway. While you won't escape the traffic noise, the dense trees do at least make this section a bit more pleasant. About 0.5 miles into the trail, you'll use a pedestrian bridge to cross the highway.
Once across the highway, the White Trail climbs a bit more steeply until coming to a junction with the Red Trail. Stay to the left here to continue on the Red Trail. This short trail connects back to the White Trail 0.2 miles later. Alternatively, you can stay on the White Trail or take it as an alternate route on the way back down to add a little variety to your run.
After rejoining the White Trail, keep an eye open on your left for the White Spur Trail. This short connector climbs steeply up to the Metacomet Trail and the parking area at the summit of East Peak. Perched at the southern end of the parking area near the edge of the rocky outcropping, you'll find the Castle Craig observation tower. This stone tower stands 32 feet high, and from the top, runners can enjoy 360-degree views of the Meriden area.
After enjoying the views, simply retrace your steps back the way you came, or, if you are looking for a longer run, explore some of the other trails that Hubbard Park has to offer.
Land Manager: Meriden Land Trust