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While not the most secluded hike in the area, this short out and back leads to a unique destination with memorable views.

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914' 278 m


383' 117 m


644' 196 m


644' 196 m



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Family Friendly A short hike to a castle tower!

The road that leads to Castle Craig is open from May 1 through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


At just under 3-miles round-trip, this out-and-back hike is a great option for a quick outing or for families with young children or beginner hikers. The climb ends at East Peak where you'll find the unique vantage point of Castle Craig, a stone observation tower reminiscent of a Middle Age castle.


The hike starts from the small parking area northwest of Mirror Lake. If this small trailhead is full, you can park in the large lot to the east and hike along the paved Mirror Lake Drive to reach the trailhead.

From the trailhead, start your hike 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 hike.

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, hikers 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 hike, explore some of the other trails that Hubbard Park has to offer.

History & Background

For more information on the history of Castle Craig, click here.


Land Manager: Meriden Land Trust

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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Castle Craig on a chilly fall day
Nov 12, 2018 near Meriden, CT
Castle Craig
Nov 8, 2018 near Meriden, CT
Sleeping Giant seen from Castle Craig
Nov 8, 2018 near Meriden, CT
View looking south from Castle Craig
May 28, 2019 near Meriden, CT
Castle Craig - great hike even on a somewhat gloomy day
Apr 21, 2019 near Meriden, CT
Part of the view near the castle.
Aug 14, 2023 near Meriden, CT



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Aug 14, 2023
Jesse Bonet
Walked the whole road up. It was a slow burning incline. Top was beautiful. Trails down are steep and rocky starting but level out after 10 minutes 5.9mi — 3h 20m
Sep 4, 2022
Mark Toner
Jan 2, 2022
Chad Peltola
Muddy and rocks are a little slippery but manageable. Almost no one there — 14h 00m
Oct 16, 2021
Heather Vershay
May 25, 2021
John Taylor
Apr 24, 2021
Daniel McCloskey
Nov 21, 2020
Daniel Wu
Nov 1, 2020
Matthew Schaefer
3mi — 2h 00m

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