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 Rock Rimmon Hill; Danville - 2/7/16 
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 Rock Rimmon Hill; Danville - 2/7/16
A few years ago we hiked Rock Rimmon Hill in Danville/Kingston and found the place to be littered with trash, but figured with a nice covering of snow maybe it wouldn't be so bad. Since Sunday was far too nice to sit home we decided to take the kids back and test out my theory.

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Two routes up. Hiking Trail in orange. Jeep Road in blue.
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After parking at the corner of Emerald and Opal Drive in Danville we started up the trail. There are two options for the half mile trip to the top. One is taking the straight shot up the old fire wardens jeep trail, and the other is to take the orange blazed hiking trail that snakes up and skips the lower part of the road before joining it for the last stretch to the top. That's the route we took. Skirting around a swamp near the beginning provides a brief change of scenery, as well as a bog bridge for the kids to cross which they always love for some reason. Then it was just a winding trail through the woods that made the 150 foot climb gently to just below the 350 foot high summit, at which point it joins the jeep road and gains the wide open summit ledges.

Trail starts near this sign
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Bog bridge crosses a small swamp
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Do beech trees ever actually lose their leaves??
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Rejoining the jeep road
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Almost at the summit
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Blue sky and sunshine on top
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The wide open view from the ledge
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Glimpse of Long Pond
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Geese doing a fly-over
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Neither the hike nor the views would be anything special if they were almost anywhere else, but the huge expanses of open ledge and halfway decent view are unique for the area. The summit was once the site of a fire tower, but that is long gone unfortunately. The bare ledge still provides a nice directional view out over Long Pond towards the distant hills around Lawrence and Haverhill, Mass. Possibly a sight line to the ocean but it was hazy far out so I don't know for sure. So while not overly exciting, it was the perfect size for the kids to get out in the 45 degree sunshine and fresh 8 inches of snow. The sticky wet snow was also perfect for snowmen, so we made a couple of them to greet anyone who heads up there until they meet their demise. Finally after an hour or more up there some ATV's came rumbling up. We finished what we were doing and headed back down the way we came, getting back to the car after 3 ours of sunshine and fresh air.

Large open ledge for lounging or viewing
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Starting the snowmen
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The finished product
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Modeled after Olaf, if you know who that is
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Some ATV's showed up as we headed out
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Olaf says goodbye!
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Racing mom down
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Getting a nice little track now
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Over the bridge and that's all folks!
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For the record that is 3 hours, 2 snowmen and 1 mile of hiking. :D I actually enjoyed this one much more than I did without snow. The 4 wheeler tracks are covered up as is the trash so it looks more pristine. There was even a contractor bag hanging from a tree branch on top for the trash, which was better than having it scattered all over I guess. For a little State Forest in SE NH it wasn't too bad this time. If you ever want to visit I'd recommend winter with snow, although for little kids it could be pretty nice in summer and probably has some great foliage views for the effort in Fall. In spring it is kind of muddy and without leaves you see a lot of trash, but any other time of the year I guess it could be worthwhile if it's local to you or you happen to be in the area.


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Definitely way better with snow on it. You wouldn't even know that it's full of trash and graffiti :( .

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Do beech trees ever actually lose their leaves??
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Actually, they are called Marcescent, there is no separation layer as there are on other deciduous trees.

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Modeled after Olaf, if you know who that is
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Even I know who Olaf is. And, might I add, nicely done! :wink:

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I vaguely remember doing this as part of a big firetower blitz Greg and I did. I remember we picked the wrong end of that access road to start from...oops. :oops: Only once we got to the trailhead from the wrong direction did we realize the goof. Oh well, I do remember it being a pretty simple hike with a decent reward at the end. Looks like a better trip in snow, though (as I remember a few rather muddy spots near the start.)

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1. A snowman with actual legs! Damn! That's impressive! That was just the right kind of snow for it.

2. Your girls may be the next generation's answer to Trail Trotter Sue. Don't know if she still does, but I used to read Big Earl's trail reports on VFTT, and she would build a snowman wherever they went! She actually did one all twelve months by hiking where you can find ice in the summer and she made a tiny tiny tiny one!

3. Lawrence and Haverhill. That gives me an idea..... "Hey Grammie, we can see your house from here!" "Yeah, well I can see yours, too :lol: :lol: :lol: !"

Thanks for this! We could do this with the girls some afternoon!


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Kathy wrote:
Actually, they are called Marcescent, there is no separation layer as there are on other deciduous trees.


Hmm. New thing for the day. Beech and Oak trees have marcescent leaves. Did not know that.

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I remember we picked the wrong end of that access road to start from...oops. :oops: Only once we got to the trailhead from the wrong direction did we realize the goof. Oh well, I do remember it being a pretty simple hike with a decent reward at the end.


The first time we hiked it we started at the right end but missed the sign for the trail, which is maybe 200 feet from the road. Didn't realize that until we were at the other end ourselves. But yeah, simple with a decent reward pretty much sums it up.

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3. Lawrence and Haverhill. That gives me an idea.....


Yep it's probably only 25 minutes or so from you, just like it is from me. Have you ever gone to the Ward Reservation http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/ward-reservation.html or Weir Hill http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/weir-hill.html in Andover and North Andover? If so any trail recommendations? We had to run errands in Seabrook after this hike and I was looking for spots in that general direction for nice little hikes. Those two looked like they would have worked but we decided to save them for another day. Not the first time I've looked at them either. Probably try and hit them up sooner rather than later since they have as much snow as anywhere else at the moment.


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i'm going to start a new topic on those places under "Hiking," so as not to drift too much. See ya there!


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Like you, we have been there twice, once in the winter and once in the summer. Winter is our choice of the two for the same reasons you mentioned. The Olaf looks great, nice job!

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Kathy wrote:

Actually, they are called Marcescent, there is no separation layer as there are on other deciduous trees.



Agreeing with GG. Neat, neat, neat!
thttp://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/news/2012/winter-leaves-that-hang-on

Thanks Kathy!


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