This is a hike we did last summer, so it is familiar territory. The hike is an out-and-back along the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT), approximately 3.1 miles roundtrip with 625 feet elevation gain. We parked at Spruce Pond, crossed the berm, then turned right onto the blue blazed NCT. After following along the shore of the pond, the trail climbs steeply, and then the terrain becomes more gently rolling until the viewpoint on Jones Hill is reached. Spruce Pond is part of Morgan Hill State Forest and Jones Hill is part of Labrador Hollow Unique Area, but the land in between is private. I am so grateful to the landowners who share their beautiful properties with hikers along the NCT (and elsewhere).
There was a lovely breeze up on Jones Hill, where we hung out for a long time. We had lunch there and Frankie blew bubbles. The woods were beastly hot, but there were no bugs, so we converted our pants into shorts and managed to enjoy ourselves despite the heat. Frankie did a lot of "crashing in the shrubbery" on the way back, falling on purpose and giggling ferociously, and wound up as filthy as he's ever been. Milkshakes on the way home helped lower our core body temperatures, then showers at home before dinner. Another day well spent!
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