Despite the extremely cold day, me and my good friends Jess and Mike ventured out on a hike. It was fun but coooold (I’m still regaining feelings in my fingers). I didn’t really know about Castle Craig’s existence until I went to Hubbard Park on Christmas day to see their Christmas light display (which I blogged about HERE). Get ready for a ton of pics!
After doing a little online sleuthing, I found this MAP to the trail that I took. So we met in Hubbard park and followed the white path (as we only had 2 hours to spend here) on a pretty low-key hike. Only a 700 foot stretch up to the castle was steep, the rest was a pretty graceful incline. No hiking boots necessary and great for the family.
We began by watching the ducks in Mirror Lake. I love the mini-Castle Craig model in the middle of the lake (it’s a duck palace!)
A lot of the hike is woodsy like this image. It’s a fun change for me, especially since you can tell by the photos that it’s frigid out there. The white trail is also heavily marked, so no need to worry about going off on the wrong path.
CASTLE CRAIG! It’s a CASTLE?!
I loved this shot of Jess close to the edge over looking Meriden.
Views from the top. I hope to come back and do this trail again in the summer. This would be a great hike to pack a lunch and eat overlooking CT.
This is the steep hike back down to meet up with the white path. A little rocky, but nothing too tricky.
Continuing on the hike, there are some great views up to the castle.
Eventually the hike loops up with Merimere Reservoir (with Mine Island in the middle).
There’s nothing like celebrating a hike well done with a veggie pizza from Modern Apizza in New Haven with my cousin :)