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‘Wild About Lebanon’ puts the spotlight on what makes the City so special. The Upper Valley Land Trust and the city of Lebanon have teamed up to celebrate the City’s natural assets. The Wild About Lebanon Fall 2020 Hiking Guide features a variety of city-owned conserved properties located in Lebanon. These lands feature hikes with a wide range of difficulty levels, so there is something for everyone.
Due to public health considerations we will not be leading in-person hikes this fall. Instead, we invite you to explore these properties and hikes at a time that works best for you.
Indian Ridge: The Indian Ridge Trail
The Indian Ridge Trail is a hilly out-and-back hike along a ridgeline north of Boston Lot. Journey through undisturbed forest past historic stone walls, mature hardwood and softwood forest stands, and various steam and wetland features.
Access to the trail is from Trailhead Lane off of DHMC’s Medical Center Drive.
Alana Cole Conservation Area
The trail at the Alana Cole Conservation Area is a flat, 1/2 miles loop trail along the Connecticut River. Access is from the end of East Wilder Dam Road off of Route 10. The Alana Cole Park boasts a large stand of white oak and many wildflowers as you walk beside a large glacial ridge.
Signal Hill: Ben Hudson Parkway Trail to Summit
The Signal Hill Trail is a moderately difficult 1-2 mile loop with views through several meadows. The Summit Meadow provides beautiful views toward the Green Mountains and good sunset viewing. Imagine revolutionary war history here, where they lit “signal” fires to alter towns people that the British troops were coming.
Trail access located along the west side of Alden Road (Class VI), approximately 0.4 mile from the intersection of Alden and Stevens Road. From the summit, hikers can descend the Signal Hill Field trail back to the Alden and Stevens intersection.
Boston Lot: Burnt Mountain Trail
The Burnt Mountain Trail at Boston Lot is a challenging 1 mile out and back hike to views at the summit of Burnt Mountain. Outcrops and Glacial Boulders are common as you experience backcountry style trails within minutes of town.
Access from the Rte 10 Wilder Dam Access Road, or from the Water Tower Road trailhead at the western terminus of Lahaye Drive.
Farnum Hill: Aspinwall Ridge Trail
The Aspinwall Ridge Trail at Farnum Hill is a moderately difficult 6.5 mile out-and-back trail with three distinct summits. Explore former pasture and farmland where old fence lines and stone walls are time capsules for centuries of Lebanon History!
Trailhead access from southern end of Poverty Lane, or from the Kings Highway trailhead located 1 mile south of the Rte 4 / Poverty Ln intersection.