|The summit of Rocky Hill|
DESTINATION: Rocky Hill
ELEVATION: 357 Ft.
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 51.324' W71 27.220'
TRAIL: 4x4 trail
DISTANCE: .7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 135 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 30 minutes
DATE: July 12, 2013
WEATHER: 75 degrees, sunny, clear
From route 3A in Litchfield turn on to Albuquerque road and follow it 2.1 miles to the 4 way stop intersection. Turn left onto Hillcrest Ave. Parking is available on both sides of the road at 0.3 miles from the intersection.
USGS QUAD: Nashua North
MAP: (Rocky Hill)
From parking on Hillcrest follow the trail into Litchfield Town Forest over a slight grade for approximately 0.15 miles. Turn right at the trail junction with the 4x4 trail and begin your ascent up a short incline. The trail levels slightly then begins a short and moderately steep grade before leveling out again before making a final push to the summit. At 0.15 miles you reach another trail intersection where a merge left will lead you to the highest point. There are 2 possible locations of the highest point. One is near the giant water tower and a second highpoint is approximately 100 feet away. I believe the wooded and rocky summit is a few feet taller than the point near the tower. There are no official markings and no views from the top.
Parking - 4x4 trail junction = 0.15 miles
4x4 trail junction - summit = 0.2 miles
Parking - 4x4 trail junction = 10 minutes
4x4 trail junction - summit = 10 minutes
NOTES / COMMENTS:
357 feet may not sound like a intense elevation however Rocky Hill is the highest point in the town of Litchfield. I was surprisingly pleased to find trails leading all the way to the summit but disappointed with the summit area itself and the lack of an obvious highpoint or knob. I wandered around in circles until I was satisfied the highest point was crossed. The trail travels through open woods and extremely peaceful.