Sleeping Giant in winter

The Mill River, along the trail in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden.—Rob McWilliams photo

Hikes are seldom as perfect as this. From the moment I set off down the violet-blazed trail at Sleeping Giant State Park until, five hours later, when I reemerged at the winter-closed picnic area, nothing occurred to upset my even, upbeat mood, and much happened to sustain it. I chose to start on the violet …

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