take Whalley Ave north, bear right onto rt 69 right before rt 15. Park near reservoir.... cut through reservoir property up to summit. Beware.... heavy fine for tresspassing!! Lots of people park near the ballfield (near 500 Blake Street (restaurant)).
Summary: I have been working steadily on the trails at West Rock since August 2007, first as a volunteer, and currently as a seasonal worker. Cyclists are limited to the paved roads, the Red Trail, and the White Trail. The trails at West Rock are very prone to erosion, due to the terrain. Please stay on the trail and don't cut any new trails. The state regards this as vandalism and could prosecute if you are caught. The official state website is www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325276&depNav_GID=1650. You can get directions and download a map. There are no maps available at the park. The best all around starting location is the Lake Wintergreen parking area. From Rt. 15, turn right on Rt. 10 south, then right at the first light onto Benham St. Take Benham St. to the end, and turn left on Main Street at the T-intersection. At the sharp curve in the road, turn right into the parking area. For mapping purposes, 95 Main St. is a good address to use as your destination.
All trails are freshly blazed, so you should have no trouble finding your way.
Recommended Route: From the parking area, head toward the lake and turn right on the Red Trail, a wide, flat woods road for 1.5 miles. Just past the pond on the other side of Mountain Road is 1.2 miles of flat, extremely rugged single track with plenty of roots, rocks, and a couple of fallen trees. When you reach the second part of Mountain Road, turn right, and then turn left at the gate. The trail is a wide gravel road at this point that extends for about another 0.75 miles. Cross the open field and the Red Trail climbs up to a terrific overlook. It's a demanding, technical climb. From the overlook, make a U-turn and head south down to the field. No bikes on the Blue Trail. From the gravel road, turn right onto Mountain Road. Backtrack on the single track or follow Mountain Road. From the Red Trail, turn right onto the White Trail to get back to Lake W. You can take the White Trail halfway around the lake and the Red Trail back to the parking lot. You can also take the Red Trail south.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Brooksvale Park and the Naugatuck State Forest
Review Date July 4, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: who shot ya?
, from Elm City
Summary: First of all I ride these trails several time a wee and never get bored. PooPoo' description is a bad ass route but you've really gotto just explore to really enjoy it. Fuck a map and just go up/over/around west rock and go back to where the logs are the B.C. backcountry of west rock. Get creative. The most fun thing is cimbing up to that service road then coming down freeride style trough the woods fast. The donhills are good too though. Anyways give yourself a good hour to ride these trails and if your down too look these are some of the best trails I've riden(CO,UT,VT,NH,NY included). Oh and to the person who said bring your gun, take you bitch as back to the suberbs, if we see you we really gonna air you out, thats word. Anyways enjoy the trails especialy in the rain and that route of poopoo's is th best allaroun trail ifyou can follow it.
Recommended Route: Go in at the winter greenparking lot only if your in rush, you miss a lot. otherwise go in at the baseball field
Other recommended trails in the same area: Nothingin ct is fucking with west rock/wintergreen, but branford is pretty goodand if your near it north west Ct is really good, and Mohawk state forest
Review Date December 24, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Captain Poo
, from Monday poo partyland
Summary: Ok fools, check it. Goto blake st and take a left and go behind the senior citizen apts. park at the little league field. start on the trail to the left of the field and go upwards and then hang a 180 onto to trail gradually going up along side the mtn. you'll come to a bmx track at the 2pm position. take a left at 10pm position and this trail comes out to the paved rd park entrance. go left until you come to the fork in the road, go left upwards till you get to a left hand bend in the road where a rusty guard rail is at the 2pm position. there is a white spray paint mark on it, hop over it and continue on the trail, go up a stairs. keep going on this trail, generally up and you'll eventually descend thru a pine forest 'tunnel'. you'll spill out onto a gravel double track in front of a lack, bear left onto the track. the track will force you rightwards towards a foot bridge, sometimes peeps be fishin' there. bear left onto a single track just before this bridge. go for a while on this flat trail until you come to a pine forest tunnel again. go about midway into it and look for a trail on your left. take it into the woods and go on the catwalk planks. then here is a hard part, you have to take a blue trail up, and i mean almost vertical. hike up and carry your bike till you get to a paved rd called baldwin drive, go right on it and cruise at the top of west rock, great views of sleeping giant in the distance. go for a mile or so and keep an eye out for the yellow downhill trail on the right, take it for a tremendo downhill, you must rip it, rip it good. at the bottom of the dh, you'll spill out onto a street and go right onto it. you'll go past some greenhouses and then come up to a 90 degree left in the road where you see the pine forest again, take a right into it and continue thru and back onto the flat single track you had been on before. at the end of the track when you face the lake again, this time take a left and go over the fishing hole bridge and towards a small parking lot, take a right into a pine tree tunnel which eventualy spills you out onto a trail runnign along side a dam, take the high road and go over the damn and thru the fenced concrete trail. take a left and do the 560 degree incline grass downhill, it's fun. bear right at end of dh and go on trail till you come to a clearing at the end of a street on your left. go left and follow this street under the rt 15 underpass and then take a right into the park entrance again and then a left onto a single track just to the left of the park entrance gate booth. take this single track all the way back to when you end up facing the bmx track again and this time bear right to take the single track back. On you way back to the baseballl field this single track is fun, some fun yet difficult drops and rocky stuff and some fun tight and winding stuff. west rock has more than meets the eye, and it is cool since it is considered a relatively urban park. rip it and do yo' thang. word.
Recommended Route: Check it below. Damn. Bring Yo mamas to my pad. Word to da zulu nation.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Tyler mill, trumbull river valley, huntington, supply ponds branford, cranbury, yo mama's house, yo daddy's bottom drawer
Review Date December 15, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Tom
, from West Haven
Summary: my first time here I rode red and found it hard to follow at times, I said screw this place. after a while I went back and tried the white trail which is awesome. climbs, descents, crossing small plank bridges the whole nine yards. after rideing the red a few more times I found that to be great as well. Try the white trail first then go exploreing when you go back the place is really awesome!!!
Recommended Route: There all good, some harder to follow than others
Other recommended trails in the same area: west woods in Guilford, wallingford(not during hunting season) Supply ponds in Branford
Review Date November 10, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Mike
, from Hamden
Summary: Start at Lake wintergreen parking lot. Ride across the little bridge and left on the white trail that goes around the backside of the lake. When you get to the end of this, there is a small trail heading sort of uphill thru a hall of skinny pine trees. This section is fun, with a final descent down an old staircase. You will hit a Closed road (baldwin drive) and take a right to climb up it. It's only a 1/4 mile uphill probably. Ride along the top of the whole mountain, with amazing cliffs and views the whole way. The blue trail runs parallel, but is pretty much impossible. Ride for maybe 3 miles on this paved section to get to the amazing Yellow trail downhill. It is easy to miss. It will be on the Right, after a small Stone shed on the right. Go down, take a left on the bottom of the hill. Go on this road a few hundred feet, and there will be the red trail on the right. Take it, through some of the most fun terrain and you will cross a road, and stay on the red. After crossing the road on red, take white on the right. This trail is greta, with 3 small plank bridges to attempt. You will end up back where you started at lake wintergreen. t Distance is about 9.5 miles. 1.5 hours?
Recommended Route: start at lake wintergreen :white, red, baldwin drive for 3 miles, down yellow, left on mountain road, left on red, cross mountain road again look for white trail on the right to go back to the lake.