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Poll: Hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park

A fall from a cliff at Sleeping Giant State Park has resulted in the tragic death of an 18-year-old man. Should something be done to make the park safer for hiking?

On Sunday night an 18-year-old man from Hamden sustained from falling from a cliff at Sleeping Giant State Park.

Tobias Engel, a senior at Hamden High School, fell nearly 200 feet while hiking on Sunday afternoon.

There have been a number of other deaths, injuries and rescues at Sleeping Giant over the years.

Patch wants to know if you think the state should do something to make Sleeping Giant safer for hiking. Vote in today's poll and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

This poll is shared across 10 Patch sites in South Central CT.

Linda Zonana February 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
You can't make everything perfectly safe. The whole point of a trail through the woods is to enable people to walk in a natural environment. This young man, who died tragically, was apparently someone familiar with Sleeping Giant, and would likely be among those who would want to leave it the way it is. There are numerous trails on the Giant, most of which do not lead up to cliffs, so people have a choice. But on top of a cliff, you have to use your own judgment about how near to get to the edge. A fence, such as they have at East Rock, would not really make the Giant's chin that much safer - people have gotten into trouble on East Rock too - and it would ruin the beauty. My heart goes out to the young man and his family.
Betsy W. February 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The "Protect me from myself" people, should stay home.
Lamont Sanford February 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Well said Linda and Betsy.
Larissa Watt February 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I haven't been there in years so I cannot picture where he fell..I guess as others said you have to be cautious with any outdoor activity. Either way, this is such a sad story. I read in paper today he recently received his acceptance to a college in Vermont:-( Condolences to the family..
Rick Jacobson February 08, 2012 at 03:40 AM
the trails are well marked but due to the parks popularity I think there should be signs that read: WARNING ! STAY ON THE MARKED TRAILS AND DO NOT GO NEAR THE CLIFFS WITHOUT PROPER EQUIPMENT. SERIOUS INJURY AND DEATHS OCCUR HERE BECAUSE OF FAILURE HEED THIS WARNING!

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