East Rock Park is one of the running highlights of New Haven. A 2.5 mile switchback-ey road leads to the summit, which has great views. Total ascent is 400+ feet, with some steep sections. Trail runners might venture onto some of the other paths. East Rock is a little over 1 mile from Yale/New Haven Green (use Orange Ave. or Whitney Ave.).
Add-Ons. Lovely residential streets just west of East Rock Park. Also, there’s a running track off Mitchell Ave. near the school.