Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Meriden Mountain - East Peak, CT
Trails: Unmarked trail, White Trail, Orange Trail, Blue Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked near the playground in Hubbard Park across from the pool. Plenty of space typically, especially at 6:30am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is one very large tree hanging over the White trail about .25mi west of the Halfway House gazebo. Surprised the Parks Dept hasn't taken it down as it seems like a really big hazzard. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Maybe it was the cold, but the Poodles were pretty wound up this morning. Saw one other little dog out on the trail. 
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Entered the unmarked trail on the left of the upper service road just under the highway. This is a seriously steep and loose section of trail suited for experienced hikers which takes you fairly directly to the Halfway House and affords an interesting perspective of the Castle Craig from below. We continued on the White to the Orange trails and ascended to the Castle. There we enjoyed a crisp bluebird view to points East, South, and West including all the way to New Haven. We proceeded on the Blue Trail West of the flag pole which runs parallel to Peak Drive (service road to the Castle Craig) and descended to the saddle between East and West Peaks. Rather than descend the main saddle trail we opted for the newly flagged trail which runs back up toward West Peak. This section is difficult to follow despite a handful of orange flags and red blazes. We re-joined the Blue trail which I believe is a stretch of the Metacommet below and to the East of the Radio Towers and descended. This trail affords one of the best perspectives of the Sleeping Giant. Then doubled back on the White to Yellow down to the reservoir and out the service road back to the car. A fair amount of vertical gain in a shorter hike for this part of the state.  
Name: Jo-Kah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-11-13 
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