|Arrowhead I found on the Green Trail - the Giant's Head is in the distance|
To avoid the noisy crowds at Sleeping Giant (why do people have to shout at each other along the trails??), it's not enough to just go on a weekday, or to stick to the "quiet side" (Chestnut Lane). Pick a cool, damp, moody day. It's the best weather for hiking, aside from the hazards of slick rock. I walked almost the entire length of Sleeping Giant, mostly on green, before I saw a single person.
|Fog on Hezekiah's Knob (Blue Trail)|
|Columbine on Hezekiah's Knob just staring to open|
|Coming down off of Hezekiah's Knob|
I then followed the easy Green Trail all the way to the end. It runs along the center of the Giant, between ridges, along streams and wetlands. I found a broken quartz arrowhead after passing the Red Circle Trail. The rock formations and wild leeks were set to the sound of a babbling brook, spring peepers, and singing birds. I couldn't hear any cars or people. It was great.
|Wild Leeks and Red Trillium|
|Wild leeks line a stream in front of a cliff along the green trail|
|Really Big Millipede (about 3" long)|
|Red-Backed Salamander found next to a letterbox|
After a long walk between ridges, the Green Trail gradually rises to a ridge walk and abruptly ends at the Chest with amazing views (the fog had cleared by this time).
|End of the Green Trail|
|View of New Haven and East Rock|