March 4th, 2011; around 4:45 pm
I was doing some work in Hartford, CT, and decided I wanted to see a little bit of the surrounding area. As I hadn’t done any of the highpoint in the area, I figured I’d give it a whirl and see what I could see. Despite it being March, there was still a lot of snow (I picked one of the snowiest years), but I was determined to give it a try anyway. Straight from the airport, I picked up my rental car and drove to the highpoint. My guidebook said that it was on private property and that it was only open to highpointers a couple of times a year. It turns out that is no longer true. I pulled up by the highpoint sign, and while I was shooting a photo by it, I noticed another sign. Here I am by the highpoint sign:
Luckily, I drove in from the west. There is a similar sign a hundred feet or so down the road coming from the east. If I had stopped by the sign on the east, I would have missed this second sign that is about 15 feet off the road and marks the trailhead to the highpoint:
If you look close, it says that the highpoint is open to the public everyday from 8am to 4pm. It was 4:45, but I’d flown a thousand miles and driven 60 miles to get here, so I went in anyway. From the trailhead, it’s maybe a 1/4 mile to the highpoint. The trail isn’t all that clearly marked, but others had been there before, so I simply followed their tracks. You walk through some woods, then walk into an open space and there is a sign that indicates that you’re at Jerimoth Hill. Here I am by the sign:
About 3/4ths of the way to the highpoint, just to the right of the trail, there is a rock with the USGS marker embedded in it. It took me a few minutes to find it, but it’s there.
There isn’t much of a view at the highpoint as it is a wooded area. The panorama below shows the view.
This is a panorama of the open area by the highpoint indicator:
And here is a panorama from the USGS marker:
These are directions from Killingly, CT, which is about 4 miles west of the highpoint:
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