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Trip Log


Balch Hill
Hanover, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Nearing the summit on the Hemlock Trail
Nearing the summit on the Hemlock Trail

Route: Hemlock Trail, Fire Trail

Nice short loop up to a grassy summit with directional views into Vermont. Loop was mostly dry and in good shape.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Balch Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Parking Elevation: 800'
Destination: Balch Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:05
Trailhead Elevation: 800'
Summit Elevation: 956'
Vertical Gain: 156'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:17
Hike Vertical Gain: 176'

The Hemlock Trail trailhead
The Hemlock Trail trailhead

Mt. Ascutney as seen from Balch Hill - Click to enlarge
Mt. Ascutney as seen from Balch Hill

Topographic map of Balch Hill

Directions to trailhead: From Route 10 in Hanover, take Reservoir Road east, then take a right onto Hemlock Road. Bear right at the Ledge Road junction to stay on Hemlock Road. There is limited room for parking at the turnaround at the top of the road. The Hemlock Trail starts at the top of the embankment.

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