With only a few hours available for hiking, I drove less than a hour from my home in New Hampshire to do a short hike to Devil's Hill (near Peacham, VT). This mini-adventure was ideal for the amount of time that I had to spend, plus it was a perfect fit for my goal of doing hikes that are new to me. And to cap things off, this was a surprisingly nice hike with nice views. The trail was in good shape, and easy to follow. I would recommend it!
Click HERE for directions to the trailhead and a brief description of the Devil's Hill hike. According to the information presented in this link, the one-way distance to Devil's Hill from the trailhead is 0.5 mile. (My personal sense is that it might be slightly longer than that.) And, if you opt to do the loop that is mentioned in this link, it adds a bit of extra distance. But regardless, the loop is certainly no greater than 1.5 miles (round-trip). The overall hiking time is under an hour. If you factor in the time you might spend enjoying the views, then this can be an outing lasting well under 2 hours.
On this particular day, it fit my purposes to do this hike without bundling it with other hikes in the area. However, for most other occasions, it would make sense to combine this short trek with other nearby hikes within the Groton State Forest. Or, as another alternative for using any leftover time, you could simply enjoy the scenic Vermont countryside by exploring some of the back roads in this remote section of the State!
Presented below are some photos taken during my hike to Devil's Hill.
|Perhaps a bit of Vermont humor? Sign located at the turn off for the road to the trailhead. The road had a very short section of deep ruts, but overall was in pretty good shape. (I've driven on much worse roads to get to a trailhead!)|
|There is plenty of parking at the trailhead, and there is good signage for the starting point for the trail|
|On one portion of my loop hike, there was a picturesque patch of Trout Lily alongside the trail|
|Moderately-zoomed photo of Mt. Washington and other peaks in Presidential Range as viewed looking eastward from Devil's Hill, VT|
|Looking over the edge of one of many ledges on the west side of Devil's Hill. Was struck as to how much the coloration of the budding trees resembled Autumn foliage!|
It was late afternoon when I arrived at Devil's Hill and lighting was poor for westward vistas. As a result, the next 2 photos are rather dull and lifeless. But perhaps they will at least provide some idea as to the views that are available.
|The left side of the photo shows 3 other peaks within the Groton State Forest that have hiking trails. In the center of the photo on the distant horizon is the well-known silhouette of Camels Hump.|
|This photo shows Peacham Bog and Spruce Mountain, both of which can be reached by hiking trails.|
|The location for this hike is rather remote. Perhaps this map will provide a general sense as to where it is in relation to known locations in VT and NH.|