Maps & Routes
We ask that all Rock to Rock participants
respect important government and public
health guidance about social distancing.
Rock to Rock will look significantly different this year, to keep our riders and whole community safe and healthy.
We're inviting participants to do Rock to Rock in small groups at staggered starts. You can ride 20 or 60 miles in a loop starting and ending in East Rock Park, bike to the summit of East Rock, or you can do a 2-mile family ride within the confines of Edgewood Park. You also are welcome to hike around the base of East Rock. Commo Ground is also offering two afternoon West Rock hikes. If you are not comfortable getting out on April 24 you can take 5, 20 or 60 actions on behalf of our environment on your own. You can ride a stationary bike or set a new milestone for your home exercise routine.
And we ask, however you are celebrating Rock to Rock, that you post videos and photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the hashtags #MyRockToRock and #RockToRock2021.
In 2021 we are redesigning this route to be held within Edgewood Park. It is 2 miles long and very easy. The rides will be staggered from 2-3:30pm. Registrants will get a link to SignUpGenius to pick a time to leave. This route will be great for families with young riders. It's flat, safe, and fun! This year we will travel in small groups. There will not be a police escort for this ride this year.
Looking for a bigger challenge? Our 20-mile route travels from East Rock, to West Rock, to Sleeping Giant, and back to East Rock. 20 mile rides leave from roughly 9am to 11:30am. Registrants will get a link to SignUpGenius to pick a time to leave. Printable map. 2021 Route here.
We won't be hosting the 40-mile route in 2021 due to the difficulties of providing rest stops safely. However, it is a great route, which travels from West Rock, to Sleeping Giant, down to Lighthouse Point, and back to East Rock. Downloadable GPX file for our 2019 40-mile ride.
Our beautiful metric century -- 66 miles long -- is for those up for an even more serious ride. This ride is for serious cyclists only. You must be an adult with a road bike -- no mountain bikes allowed on this ride. 60 mile rides leave from roughly 7:45am to9:30am. Registrants will get a link to SignUpGenius to pick a time to leave. See route here.
Printable map here.
New in 2021! You can choose to ride to the summit of East Rock Park. This option is 4.5 miles long and provides for a rewarding view of New Haven and the Sound. It is for families and riders looking for a bigger challenge than the 2-mile flat ride in Edgewood Park, who do not have the time, energy or road bike to ride in the 20-mile, and for 20-mile and metric century riders who want to add on a challenging and rewarding finish. There is no SignUp Genius for this route. You are welcome to go on your own time. We recommend taking this route going up Farnam Drive to avoid all car traffic. There is a small stretch of car traffic if you choose to go up English Drive by Rice Fields.
East Rock Park Walks
For non-cyclists, Rock to Rock will offer a couple nature walks from East Rock's College Wood Ranger Station (near Orange and Cold Spring Sts). Bring binoculars, water and masks! The walks are open to all ages. One will leave the ranger station at 9:30 am led by Gather New Haven educator Nikki Saccoccia, and another will leave at 11am. Walkers are welcome to register and fundraise.
West Rock Hike
New in 2021! Common Ground will be leading two hikes up West Rock Park at 3 pm. Once you register you'll get an invitation through SignUPGenius.