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A run up East and West Rock's smaller sibling.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

88%

Runnable

372' 114 m

High

108' 33 m

Low

270' 82 m

Up

32' 10 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Geological Significance · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Views

Description

Peter's Rock is a small traprock ledge much like that of both East and West Rock. While smaller, less conspicuous, and less well known, this rock is still worthwhile.

This trail starts at the park's main entrance and is blazed red. The trail is well packed in most places. After passing the picnic pavilion and nature center the trail plunges into the woods and begins to climb. After the small initial ascent, it levels and rolls a bit.

Soon, it leads over a small bridge and boardwalk which was installed as part of an Eagle Scout project. It turns a few times and passes junctions with other trails in the park as it continues to climb to the summit. After passing the white trail, this trail begins to climb more steeply and becomes much rockier. Though this climb is more difficult than those that came before it, it is very short as soon the trail levels off again and arrives at a viewpoint facing westward.

From this view, the back of East Rock and the ridge of West Rock are both in view in the distance. The trail then moves northeast as it looks around the summit. Here again, there is a viewpoint that looks out across to Sleeping Giant. For the last part of this loop, the trail heads south before meeting the rest of the trail once again.

This part of the trail is not incredibly clear and is fairly rocky. Just before the terminus of the trail, it passes a small rock foundation which are the remnants of a hunting lodge called "The Hermitage" which occupied this spot throughout the early 20th century.

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Daniel McCloskey

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#212

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