Mount Sanford (Connecticut) Article

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Sanford Mountain
Highest point
Elevationest. 886 ft (270 m) ridge high point
Coordinates 41°27′42″N 72°56′55″W / 41.46167°N 72.94861°W / 41.46167; -72.94861
Location Bethany, Hamden, and Cheshire, Connecticut
Parent range Metacomet Ridge
Age of rock200 Ma
Mountain type Fault-block; igneous
Easiest routeQuinnipiac Trail

Mount Sanford of south-central Connecticut, est. 886 feet (270 m), is the high point on a 2.25-mile (3.6 km) long traprock mountain ridge located 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the city of New Haven. Mount Sanford is part of the narrow, linear Metacomet Ridge that extends from Long Island Sound near New Haven, north through the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts to the Vermont border. The Metacomet Ridge continues north from Mount Sanford as Peck Mountain and south as Mad Mare Hill and West Rock Ridge.

Recreation and conservation

The ridgeline of Mount Sanford is traversed by the 18-mile (29 km) Quinnipiac Trail; the summit of the mountain lies within the Naugatuck State Forest.


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