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Diamond Hill
Cumberland, RI

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down one of the old ski area lift lines
Looking down one of the old ski area lift lines

Route: Various old ski trails

For the second short hike of the afternoon, I headed up to Cumberland to Diamond Hill Park. I opted to make a beeline to the summit, following a footpath up an old ski lift line. While the summit didn't offer much in way of views, there were a few directional views from not too far below it.

Once at the summit, I dropped down the other side of the hill to check out some of the remains of the other defunct ski area, Ski Valley.

For the descent, I followed the ridge north, dropping down an open slope back to the base area. Overall, it was a pretty neat place to hike, considering the location - there are a bunch of trails winding around the rocky woods.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Diamond Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Hike Commenced: 1:13 PM
Parking Elevation: 220'
Destination: Diamond Hill
Ascent Commenced: 1:14 PM
Summit Reached: 1:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:09
Trailhead Elevation: 210'
Summit Elevation: 481'
Vertical Gain: 271'
Hike Ended: 1:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 341'


The bottom of the old ski area
The bottom of the old ski area

A thick patch of lady slippers
A thick patch of lady slippers

Looking northwest from near the summit of Diamond Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest from near the summit of Diamond Hill

Topographic map of Diamond Hill


Directions to trailhead: From Interstate 295 in Rhode Island, take Rhode Island 114 northwest. A few minutes after crossing Rhode Island 120, Diamond Hill Park, complete with a large parking area, will be on the right. A narrow line of softwood trees marks the main access to the bottom of the old Diamond Hill ski area.

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