Driving directions: drive north on route 10 into Lyme. turn towards the Skiway on Dorchester Road. It will take you through some sharp corners and then into the village of Lyme Center (notice the white Baptist Church and the Academy Building). After you've passed the Academy building, the next road on your left will be Acorn Hill Road. Turn onto it. Drive for a few miles. The second road on the left will be Hardscrabble Road; the intersection is very large. Park sensibly somewhere on the side of this intersection. Maybe next to the post-and-rail fence. Continue walking along the road which leads downhill. Almost immediately, there is an unmarked dirt road on the left. (not a driveway, just a road). This is your trailhead.
Hike along this dirt road. you'll go down a hill and then up, and at the top of this short hill the road will split. Take the road to the left. it will lead you up through the woods and spit you out into a very large field. The road winds up to the left through this field. Follow it uphill. It re-enters the woods and continues steeply uphill. Near the top of the hill, it will open up again and there will be apple trees. The summit is marked by a stone chimney. Return the way you came.
Advice and Anecdotes
This is a great place to have a picnic, with views in all directions: towards Smarts, the Skiway, Post Pond below, and Vermont across the valley.
Group: 6: Mac Murphy (Heeler), Billy Zou (co-leader), Crystal Bascou, Lucia Pohlman, Chase Mertz, Hillary Purcell
Weather: Fairly warm, but windy at the top.
Summary: We left from campus at 10:15 AM and arrived around 10:45 AM. We drove slightly past the intersection and parked on a dirt road on the left side of the road - this is definitely the best area to park. We walked down the dirt road and reached the trail. The hike is short and relatively easy, taking about 15 minutes to the top. Make sure to stay to the left at all trail breaks. The trail is a bit overgrown but easy to follow. Mac found a deer jaw. At the top, we played games and had lunch. The view was beautiful and we could see some snow still left on the Skiway. We arrived back on campus at 1:00 PM.