About the SGPA

The story of the Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA) begins in 1912 when Judge Willis Cook who owned the first ridge or the Giant’s Head decided to lease the Head to the Mount Carmel Traprock Company. Perhaps to ease the objections of his neighbors, Judge Cook included a clause in the lease that no quarrying… Continue reading About the SGPA

About the Giant

A Brief History of the Giant The trap rock ridges in Connecticut began life about 170 million years ago when volcanic eruptions formed the columnar patterns of basaltic rock. This hard rock which fractures at near 90 degree angles gives the rock the name trap meaning step or stair in Swedish. In Connecticut most of… Continue reading About the Giant

Maps and Guides

A number of the Maps and Guides listed here are available as PDF files or Excel spreadsheets that can be downloaded.  Maps Black and White Map Color Map DEEP Map w/ Distances Cross Country Ski Trail Description Cross Country Ski Map Avenza Map for your Mobile Guides Guide to the Geology of Sleeping Giant Nature… Continue reading Maps and Guides

Hiking Schedule

Check the current status of a scheduled hike – here – Return to About the Giant The SGPA Hiking Committee leads approximately 17 hikes each year. All hikes are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary; however, minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Most hikes involve traveling over uneven,… Continue reading Hiking Schedule

Giant Masters Program

Lists of Giant Masters Set yourself a challenge!  SGPA members who hike all 32 miles of blazed trail can earn a Giant Master.  We hope this will encourage our members to explore all the wonderful trails and special places in the park. Some Giant Masters send us stories and impressions from their hikes. We print… Continue reading Giant Masters Program