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Climbing Facts

State Rhode Island
Highest Peak Jerimoth Hill
Elevation 812 feet (247 metres)
First climbed ?  
Vertical Gain Side of road (Hartford Pike) <1 foot
Total Distance (Oneway) Side of road 736 feet (224m)
Estimated hiking time 2 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Required Maps Rhode Island road map
Date climbed February 2010

Rhode Island

Rhode Island- Jerimoth Hill

| About Jerimoth Hill|

The toughest part of this climb was actually finding the starting point. There aren't exactly neon signs pointing to the non-descript sign by the side of the road marking the beginning of the even less obvious trail which disappears into the woods.

Using my TomTom, Google Maps and iPhone and a few wrong turns, I did fnally manage to park my car in the right place. A roadmap would have made a world of difference. TomTom likes to point to a town (Foster is the nearest), Google Maps was just a print-out of directions and the iPhone, well I had to look at my lap while driving.

So here are the simplest directions:
1. Make sure are on route 101 (Hartford Pike or Old Hardford Pike).
2. From the East (ie Connecticut) head about 1 mile West from the border on 101
3. From the West, head about 5.5 miles East after passing the 101 and 102 intersection.

At the crest of a hill, there is a big radio tower on the North side of the road, with a bunch of large boulders/rocks by the side of the road (park here).

The Jerimoth Hill highpoint sign is a small wooden sign on the opposite side of the road. A red house/barn with a "private property" sign on a steel gate is on the left. The starting point is a small just to the left of the gate.


| Jerimoth Hill Trail |

A few years back, Jerimoth Hill was reputedly one of the hardest of the US highpoints to summit. Not because of the extreme altitude or technical climbing prowess required, but simply because the trail to the summit lies on private property and the crazy guy who lived on the property would chase away would be summitters with threats of violence. More recently, the property has changed hands and the new owners are happy for climbers to cross the property (although must be between 8am and 4pm, 7 days a week).

Like most of the State50 highpoints, the drive to and from the mountain (if you can all it that in this case), was a zillion times longer than the climb itself. I was in Boston for the weekend for work, so figured I'd take a Sunday drive down the Rhode Island and bag myself a peak. I guess the drive is about 1.5 hours, although I got a litte lost finding the start point (not a good sign for a would be mountain climber).

Nevertheless, I finally pulled up alongside the road, no-one else in site. I had to cross the road and read the sign just to be sure I was in the right place. How exciting, I thought. A summit all to myself.

I spent the next 10 minutes lacing up my Gore-Tex boots (the snow on the trail would do my runners no good). Ready to go, I started out, following the snow crunchy trail into the trees. Then I blinked, hiccuped, sneezed and I was there. I had to double-take. When I say there, I walked into a clearing (a shed in one corner, a few fancy looking weather devices in another) and nothing else.

Where was the highpoint? And then I spotted it. Beside a tree, a boulder rose perhaps one foot higher than everything else. Previous climbers had piled rocks on top of this stone bump, I guess slowly increasing the height of this mountain.

"Wow" I'd done it. I sat on top ofthis non-descript rock, snapped a few photos, then wondered what else there was for me to do. I added a small stone to the pile of rocks, then walked back to the car.

I think I spent longer lacing and unlacing my boots than actually walking to and from the summit.

Perhaps not the most exciting of all mountain climbs, but like all other State 50's, I could climb no higher in the State of Rhode Island. Definitely worth the drive.

| The Weather |

Jerimoth Hill can be climbed all year round. The trail is only a few hundred feet and well marked. Please respect the owners wishes and only climb during the hours of 8am to 4pm.

On this adventure: Roland