hike #31

#31   Hammond Hill State Forest, ski trails

Meet-up:  Dead end of Hammond Hill Road, east of Irish Settlement Road.

Click here to see a PDF map of the trails and roads in the park. You’ll see three parking emblems on the upper part of the PDF – our spot is the one on the left. This map is also good for looking at the trail network, which is very complex.

In general, you shouldn’t try to hike here without bringing a detailed map unless you already know the trails. Otherwise it’s easy to get lost.

Click here to see the Google Maps page showing the location of the parking lot.  The only way to get onto upper Hammond Hill Road is from Irish Settlement Road.  Don’t ever try to come up Hammond Hill Road from the south.

This is a great place to hike as long as there’s no snow on the ground. Then, you should stay away. HHSF is the number one place for cross-country skiing in the county, and walking on ski trails ruins them for skiing.

In other seasons, hiking here is wonderful. There’s enough ups and downs to make it lively, and there are a number of beautiful pine groves and lovely woods.

It’s often windy at the parking lot. Once you get into the woods it usually calms down.