Sunset Hike at Chauncey Peak in Meriden CT

This is a wonderful roughly 2.5 mi. vista hike which is so far my most favorite short hike! Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a lovely sunset with the western views off of the cliffs. If the weather is good for a sunset, we will linger on the cliffs to see it (make sure you bring a headlamp or flashlight in case we need it!).

The hike may be short but the start will be a lot of exertion as we ascent over 300 feet fairly quickly. We start out In the Giuffrida Park parking lot and hike past the dam for Crescent Lake. This part may be a little wet as we have to cross below the dam where the trail crosses the spillway. Then we hike up the steep side of the ridge and climb only an easy 15 feet or so of traprock. The path to climb like steep stairs. The reward is great though as at the top, on Chauncey Peak, is a WONDERFUL vista! The trail follows the cliff edge to the north with a great view of the lake below and Lamintation Mtn. on the other side of the lake. The views get more natural and lovely as we follow the ridge. Eventually, as we get past the lake, the trail will cut down steeply from the ridge line. There is no climbing, but you need to watch your step lest you slip a little on leaves, dirt, or scree. The path continues by the side of the lake with a pleasant walk through the old evergreens with a few benches at lakeside and back to the parking lot.

We will take up to 1.5 hrs. for this hike as we take deep appreciation for the views from the cliffs and lakeside.

Those who wish to go need to have:
* A daypack - You need your hands free
* 1 quart of water
* Trail appropriate footwear - hiking boots are the best
* Flashlight or headlamp - as we are hiking at/after sunset
* Layers of clothing depending on the temperature and wind

 

Approximate location/directions to the *unmarked* park entrance (somewhere around 703 to 801 Westfield Rd., Meriden, CT):
http://mapq.st/16TIj9y

Chauncey Peak is near the northwestern end of the Mattabesett Trail. A good map can be found in the Connecticut Walk Book, 19th Ed., in either the East or West editions, as map MB-8b as published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.

General small topographic map of the area:
http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=18&n=4603131&e=686860&s=25&size=l&datum=nad83&layer=DRG25

 

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  • Nancy

    I had a great time! Thank you, Kevin. You are a kindred spirit.

    November 18, 2013

  • Jeff S

    What a great hike,Excellent planning, snacks included made a Great hike,,,Kevin, Thank you so much for the nice evening,

    November 17, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Thank you all for going and having such a good time! :-)

    November 17, 2013

  • Mary

    Kevin, it was wonderful that you arranged such a lovely sunset and gorgeous full moon. Fun hike and good company.

    November 16, 2013

  • John L

    Enjoyable hike - catching the sunset was a nice change of pace.

    November 16, 2013

  • Karen

    the best hike I've ever been on

    November 16, 2013

  • Michele

    Fabulous hike!

    November 16, 2013

  • Dennis

    Thanks, Kevin, for the sunset and the snack. Nice to meet everyone.

    November 16, 2013

  • Susan W

    Wonderful hike, enjoying a perfect sunset and rising (almost full) moon in great company.

    November 16, 2013

  • Dennis T

    Nice scenic views. Wasn't expecting that rapid an ascension but after that, the hike was smooth.

    November 16, 2013

  • Jason

    Having some trouble with my car :(

    November 16, 2013

  • Maegen

    Hi! I'm nervous about finding the exact location. I always have a tough time finding spots like these where it's in the middle of addresses. Any clues to help get me there? Normally I'm good with directions, so clues should suffice (besides looking for a large group!) Thank you :)

    November 15, 2013

    • Kevin S

      Maegen, maybe looking ar Google Streetview will help. this link will show you the entrance. There is no sign there. https://maps.google.co...­

      November 16, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Gosh I hope I get the last spot. I'm pretty sure I know this ridge. Havnt been up there in ages though!

    November 15, 2013

  • Jo-Ann

    I will no longer be able to go. I will be tending to a friend who is unwell. Hopefully this hike will come around again. Enjoy!

    November 15, 2013

  • John D

    maybe

    November 15, 2013

  • Erin K

    Does your group allow dogs?

    November 13, 2013

    • Erin K

      Thanks Kevin. Jake is an avid hiker and very mild tempered.

      November 14, 2013

    • Maegen

      I will be bringing my dog, Wynter, too. She's only 1 year now, but has shown to be a great hiking companion since her young puppy days and is mild tempered.

      November 15, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Weather outlook for hike as of Thu., 11/14/13: Things are looking GREAT so far! The high earlier in the day will be around 60F. 0% chance of rain the whole day. A sunny afternoon transitions to a partly cloudy evening so some good potential to see the sunset and have some interesting clouds around for color too.

    Don't forget a flashlight or headlamp!

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are the hills anything like Will Daren's Den? I'm an intermediate hiker but a little nervous about keeping up with the pace. I had major surgery in August but been on two hikes since and did well. I'm thinking about coming though

    November 13, 2013

    • Kevin S

      You will likely be fine. There is a very steep up to the ridge right at the start. The last 20 feet is a modest inclined rock climb. More like going up a ladder. Things are easy up on the ridge. Then a somewhat steep down off the ridge. The loop around the reservoir is very easy. Don't forget a flashlight or headlamp!

      November 14, 2013

  • Barbara

    Hi Kevin!

    November 14, 2013

    • Kevin S

      Hi Barbara! :-)

      November 14, 2013

  • Benjamin P.

    Hey just a heads up that I'm not sure if I can go. I had leg surgery yesterday and they said no strenuous activity for a week, though I can still walk fine... will this be grueling enough that I need worry?

    November 14, 2013

    • Kevin S

      Benjamin, unfortunately it is a very steep up to the ridge right at the start. Things are easy up on the ridge. Then a somewhat steep down off the ridge. The loop around the reservoir is very easy. I don't think it would be good for your leg on the steep up and I wouldn't want your injury to get worse.

      November 14, 2013

  • Ayse

    Already have plans.

    November 13, 2013

  • Jo-Ann

    Hi Kevin, This may sound like a silly question but what should I be putting in my daypack?

    Jo-Ann

    November 13, 2013

    • Kevin S

      Hi Jo-Ann. You need your hands free for steep up at start and steep down 2/3 way to end. Stuff to go into a pack: flashlight or headlamp, water, camera, and layers of clothing to put on to warm or taking off after steep up and hot. It may be windy and cold up top.

      November 13, 2013

  • Jo-Ann

    Looking forward to it!

    November 12, 2013

  • Dennis T

    Another opportunity to hike at a new place in CT.

    November 10, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Long range weather outlook for hike: Looking great! Mostly clear, declining from a daytime high of 54F, low winds with no more than 5 mph.

    November 10, 2013

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