The trails of Chauncey Peak are full of great views and varied to terrain. I always have the same starting point on these adventures, Giuffrida Park in Meriden.
What Makes It Great
Follow the blue Mattabessett Trail markers past Crescent Lake Dam (also known as Prospect Lake) and the “warning” sign of danger that lurks on these rocky trails and up the steep, rock strewn incline. This first incline is the best cardio workout in the area. Once you reach the top of this rocky outcropping, you arrive on a ridge and are rewarded with great views. On a clear day, to your west Castle Craig and the Hanging Hills appear. To the southwest, Sleeping Giant slumbers away.
Follow the blue blazes along the traprock. The views are stunning and in the fall the tapesty of fall colors on the trees that hug the lake are beautiful. After walking the ridge, you descended a few times that is full of lose rock. Be careful in rainy weather. Once you make the final descent, cross a wooden bridge and follow a path back, along the water's edge to the park entrance.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a great hike when you are short on time, need a power hike or are simply out to enjoy the views. Go on a clear day to make sure you can see Sleeping Giant in the distance.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Take I-691 and take Exit 8 to Westfield Road. Stay on Westfield Road until you pass a golf course. Turn left at the stop sign. The park entrance will be on your left.