New Haven’s West Rock State Park Spring Review

This past weekend, I took the plunge back into the outdoors and marched straight into West Rock Park, in New Haven, after hibernating for what was one of the toughest winters I remember ever enduring. A long hike from bottom to top on Saturday, followed by a mountain bike ride loop on Sunday, held muddy waters, icy encounters, but enough sunshine and warm temperatures to let spring back in my life. Take a look at the pics below, shot with my iPhone, from the trails transition from a muddy swamp to amazingly dry and beautiful. Below I will feature the pics taken in order of my trip. Notice the white trail at the bottom is completely still saturated, but as I walked up higher, the elevation helped to leave the water behind. For those familiar with the West Rock trails, my loop was from the bottom at the parking lot (lake area), over to the white, to purple, to blue up top along the ridge, then back down the red, ending up behind the lake itself.


[caption id="attachment_2794" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="This is lake side by the parking lot. As you can see, water comes in many forms, such as solid and watery."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2789" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Yup, it's a messy swamp on the main white trail."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2788" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="There was a turkey close by (not featured)."][/caption]



[caption id="attachment_2790" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="I found a huge dinosaur egg on this trail, but it was too large too carry back to the car."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2791" align="aligncenter" width="352" caption="This corner held many of West Rock's secrets, one of which was a great mural of, "ROGER WAS HERE.""][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2792" align="aligncenter" width="338" caption="Did I mountain bike or hike this part? hmmm..."][/caption]



[caption id="attachment_2797" align="aligncenter" width="348" caption="I found this pretty girl saluting nature. I think she's a Jasmine."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2800" align="aligncenter" width="391" caption="The blue trail can be confusing. "][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2805" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I liked this view from the top. I think I'll keep it."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2804" align="aligncenter" width="352" caption="Yup, the blue trail has a lengthy and sometimes scary edge. "][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2808" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Here, we have trees close and trees far away. Trees are crazy..."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2807" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="There's that girl again. She kept following me. "][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2806" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="If you look close, you can see the Ricola guy down there."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2799" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Coming down now. The red trail loops back to the backside of the lake."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="626" caption="Water, make up your mind already! Are you cold or warm?"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2798" align="aligncenter" width="626" caption="I did not catch a fish here. "][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2795" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="This "girl" accidentally pushed me into the lake here."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2810" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Water! Stop messing with my head!"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_2809" align="aligncenter" width="626" caption="So many salmon swimming up river in this spot."][/caption]



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