Hikes with Views in the Upper Valley

10. French’s Ledges

Plainfield, New Hampshire

View of Cardigan Mountain School from French’s Ledges

Drive time from Hanover, NH: 30 minutes

Reward: Beautiful views of Ascutney and Green Mountains to the west and Croydon Peak to the east

Length of hike: 4.1 miles, 620 feet (much shorter options are available—see website)

Ease of use: Good; wet in the spring.

Trail Finderhttps://www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/french-s-ledges-trails

Websitehttps://uvlt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-Frenchs-Ledges-and-Farnum-Trails-1.pdf

Directions to trailhead: South past W. Lebanon Plazas on Rte 12A; turn left on Trues Brook Road, which becomes Willow Brook Road, right on Colby Hill Road to parking for:

  1. Longer hike at 145 Colby Hill Rd, Plainfield, NH 03781 (https://goo.gl/maps/vaUfwQwdEqGGEWof8), 
    or continue to turn left on Columbus Jordan Rd to the trailhead for the 
  2. Shorter hike at 92 Columbus Jordan Rd, Plainfield, NH 03781 (https://goo.gl/maps/rqWSNFtaycqBeXmr7)

Suggested carpool meeting point: The Home Depot parking lot, 296 N Plainfield Rd, Lebanon, NH 03784

Contact: Jason Berard, Upper Valley Land Trust, jason.berard@uvlt.org

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