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Melvin Hill
Springfield, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Bushwhacking over the false peak of Melvin Hill
Bushwhacking over the false peak of Melvin Hill

Route: Prescott Hill Road, logging road, bushwhack

Melvin Hill in Gile State Forest in Springfield (not to be confused with Melvin Mountain southeast of Cardigan).

We started on foot on the gated Prescott Hill Road (off Old Grafton Road), which was mostly dry (and driveable). We left the road just before the second bridged brook crossing and followed an old logging road southeast (sort of a herd path worn into it in places), keeping with it almost all the way to the ridge, crossing over a stonewall just prior to reaching the col. From there, we headed north-northeast up to the false summit (some directional views from the southern ledges), the headed over to the true summit, where we encountered a dusting of snow on the north slope. A few directional views from near the summit, including Sunapee, Kearsarge, and Cardigan (there's an old trimmed out viewpoint north of the summit).

Nice peak with generally open woods. I've been looking at this one in the distance from Cardigan for a long time...nice to finally check it out.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: Melvin Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 1,350'
Summit Elevation: 2,290'
Vertical Gain: 1,000'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,060'


The start of the gated portion of Prescott Hill Road
The start of the gated portion of Prescott Hill Road

Looking at Mt. Cardigan from near the summit of Melvin Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Cardigan from near the summit of Melvin Hill

Topographic map of Melvin Hill


Directions to trailhead: From Wilmot, take US 4A northwest, then take a right onto Old Grafton Road. Prescott Hill Road will soon be on the right. There is no parking in the vicinity of the gate.

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