East Peak

Location: East Peak

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East Peak Summit is located in New Haven County and climbs to 909 feet above sea level. You will be glad you live in Connecticut when you see this hidden gem, one of the beautiful places people typically drive past and never notice. The Media Lab accompanied author and editor Christine Woodside on the Metacomet trail on the Hanging Hills of Meriden. We hiked to East Peak and Castle Craig, which at 1,002 feet above sea level gave us fantastic views of the surounding towns, Sleeping Giant Mountain Range and New Haven. The Metacomet Trail is 1.2 miles one way, so round trip is 2.4 miles and not much climbing at that point. According to local legend, there is a black dog that roams the woods along the trail. Seeing it once will bring you luck, seeing it twice will bring you misfortune, and seeing it a third time will bring you death. Fortunately, the Media Lab Staff saw a black dog, along with his owner, at Castle Craig. Want to follow our footsteps? There are trails and a paved road that lead to the castle. The road is open from April through October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit: East Peak Hike
At the beginning of our adventure to East Peak, I was not pleased with the fact that we were going on a hike so early in the morning. There was no parking lot so we made signs that said " Journalists at work" to place inside of our cars. No one wanted to get their cars towed while away! Author Christine Woodside then met us and led the group towards the trail we were going to follow. She explained that the marks on the trees signified a trail was present, we took a trail marked with a blue blaze, known as the Metacomet trail. The trail was fairly challenging, especially for someone who has never hiked before. It was about a mile or so stretch of rocks and forest, with a scenic outcrop near the top. We stopped at the scenic outcrop for a couple of minutes to rest. It offered a great view of Merimere Reservoir and Mine Island. After, the group continued on to the top of the trail where we encountered Castle Craig, which is just over 1,000 feet above sea level and provides a clear view of Sleeping Giant off in the distance. It was so beautiful up there, the group took lots of still shots and conducted a brief interview with Christine. In the interview, she told us about the "legend of the black dog." Legend has it that the first time you see the dog, it's good luck; the second time, it's bad luck and the third time results in death! Literally a few minutes after hearing the legend we spotted a black dog standing next to its owner. Naturally, we all freaked out and documented the pet playing. It was then time to make our way back down the trail. I must admit, the trip down was much easier than it was on the way up, probably because we hiked down the road with Christine. When we got back to our vehicles (that were still there) we saw two more black dogs . This pushed us over the limit according to the myth but luckily we made it out of there alive and safe. It was a great day! - Stephanie Merkel

Interviewer: Stephanie Merkel

Videographer: Nate Newton

Photographers: Sarah Krauss, Julia Kwon

Editor: Julia Kwon

Animator: Sam Hockaday

Crew: Meghan Foehl, Sarah Krauss, Sara Ponticelli

Manager of Online Content: Paul Pfeffer

Director of Online Services: Derrick Ellis

Web Designer: Lauren Nauheimer

Many thanks to Christine Woodside

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