Trail Guides

MLT Hiking Trails Locations

The Meriden Land Trust has created FREE brochures with maps and hiking trail descriptions centered on four parks or regions in Meriden.

Hubbard Park Hike destinations include Castle Craig, the Halfway House, West Peak and South Mountain.
Giuffrida Park Hike destinations include Mount Lamentation, Chauncey Peak, and a wetland meadow in the upper reaches of Harbor Brook.
Hanover Pond Hike destinations include both the Phase 1 linear trail (The Quinnipiac Gorge Trail) and the planned Phase 2 trail along Sodom Brook.
Mount Higby/Beseck Mountain Hike destinations include overlooks from both Mount Higby and Beseck Mountain, Powder Ridge, and more.

The shaded relief map, with each shade of color representing a 100 ft change in elevation, is courtesy of Dwight Needels. Photographs are courtesy of Bob Pagini.

About the Maps
These maps were created using open source software, Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS). The background is a shaded relief map generated from National Elevation Dataset (NED) data obtained from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reproduced at a scale ranging from about 1:17,000 to 1:26,000. Each shade of color represents a change in elevation of 100 ft. Map overlay data were obtained from USGS 1:24,000 scale topographic maps, with GPS field corrections for some brooks.

The location of each trail and landmark was determined from GPS tracks and waypoints recorded during the year 2009. Note that portions of blazed trails may have been relocated since then.

For additional information on the National Scenic Trails in and around Meriden (the Mattabesett Trail and the Metacomet Trail) or for information, photos and activities on the trails and waterways around Hanover Pond, please visit the websites for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Meriden Linear Trails, and the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA).

Suggested Hikes
The hikes described in these brochures range from hikes you could take on a lunch break to hikes that will take you all day to complete. You will soon find your own favorite hikes, but to get started, download this table of suggested Meriden Hikes. Start with the hikes labeled “Easy” with relatively small elevation changes, and work your way up as you become comfortable. The time estimates are a rough approximation; the actual time requires will depend on how fast you walk and your general fitness level.

Get a Copy of the Brochures
You can also pick up a free printed copy of the four brochures at any Meriden Land Trust meeting or event, outside the mayor’s office at Meriden City Hall at 142 East Main St., at the Meriden Parks & Recreation headquarters at 460 Liberty St. or at the CFPA bookstore at 16 Meriden Rd. (Rt-66) in Rockfall (a part of Middlefield). For more information, email us at