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Holts Ledge
Lyme, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Warden ski trail
Looking down the Warden ski trail

Route: Ski trails, spur trail, Holts Ledge Trail, (Holts Ledge), Holts Ledge Trail, spur trail, ski trails

When handed lemons (having to get up around 430AM for a business trip), sometimes it's nice to make lemon iced tea (sunrise hike on the way).

Brisk weather to start - temperatures in the teens - but quickly generated body heat by jogging up the Dartmouth Skiway Holts Ledge ski trails. Hopped onto the spur path at the top of the chairlift and headed over to the cliff viewpoint to watch the sunrise. Found the initial viewpoint to be the best, as the upper viewpoints include the Spanish Imposition (ie the Groton Windfarm).

Continued up the AT to the highpoint after the sunrise, then retraced my steps back down the trail and then down the ski trails.

Mostly dry trail with occasional small patches of avoidable black ice.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Holts Ledge
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Parking Elevation: 960'
Destination: Holts Ledge
Time Elapsed: 00:52
Trailhead Elevation: 960'
Summit Elevation: 2,110'
Vertical Gain: 1,150'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:20
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,150'

Sunrise from the Holts Ledge vista - Click to enlarge
Sunrise from the Holts Ledge vista

Looking south from the Holts Ledge vista - Click to enlarge
Looking south from the Holts Ledge vista

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25A, take Route 10 South toward Lyme. Take a left onto Dorchester Road (may also be signed as Lyme Center Road). Bear right to head toward the Dartmouth Skiway ski area, passing the Holts Ledge Trail trailhead at the junction. A hiker lot will be on the left, just before the ski area.

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