Ascent of Jerimoth Hill on 2014-04-17

Climber: David Odenwalder

Date:Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jerimoth Hill
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:812 ft / 247 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made this "pit stop" during a business trip in New England. I'd seen the signs for the "peak" once before - traveling on vacation - but did not have the time to stop then. This time I drove out of my way to complete the high point.

I was "racing" - and arrived almost exactly at 4 PM. I had been concerned that the trail might already be closed, as some sources have claimed it open only until 4. Currently (2014), the trail is posted for 8 AM to 6 PM - so I had a couple of hours to spare. I came from direction Providence - there are signs marking the place on both sides of the highway. The best place to stop is opposite the sign going the other direction (east-bound). On the north side, opposite that sign, is a gravel pull out and some boulders, and some derelict structures marked "no trespassing". If you park near the west-bound sign, down the road a bit, the trailhead isn't obvious, and there are a couple of houses nearby - it looks as if you would have to trespass. That is not the case. Once you get to the right place, the pull-out, and the trailhead are clearly marked. (Note that the "peak" is to the south of the highway.)

The other point to mention is that there seems to be a branch in the trail (both directions are marked Jerimoth). The branch is near a geodesic marker in a stone - but this does not appear to be the actual "high point". The one marked with fanfare - but no marker in the stone - is perhaps 50 yards or so further down the trail. It had a couple of cairns, some banners, and a small American flag on the top of a large stone. I stood in both places, just to make sure, but I assume the one with the cairns (and log caninster) is the one "recognized" as the high point. Some other climbers have commented that actual high point is a non-descript dirt mound off to the side of the trail. I looked around, but there doesn't seem to be any obvious higher point. On the whole, the immediate area is level, with some gravel or something hauled in and a couple of structures - seem to be related to the astronomical sessions that are sometimes held here.

From the highway, it's probably 200 yards to the high point. Almost level walking, not difficult at all, and the trail appears well -sed - if you start at the right place! Note that the high point is all of maybe a mile from the RI/Conn state line.
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