The Lowest Highpoints in New England
Jerimoth Hill, RI (812 feet) & Mt. Frissell, CT (2,380 feet)
These were my last two highpoints in New England, and each was more interesting than I had originally anticipated – but for very different reasons. Frissell is stuck at the end of 10 miles of bad road in the NW corner of CT, where Ct, MA and NY all come together. I managed to persuade my old pal Peter Volanakis to drive us down from Hanover in his hot Audi sports sedan. The car is worth more than the combined GDP of Mali and Burundi, and is capable of speeds in excess of Mach 1.3. In the capable and stable hands of Peter, however, we toured at a leisurely pace never exceeding the speed limit, and at one point we were passed by the Clampets in their signature truck.
The car is equipped with low profile, high speed tires. These are really not ideal for off road applications, and if I were to do it again, I would recommend a different vehicle. To this end, I have requested that Pete bring his new truck for our next outing.
Mt. Laurel on the path up Mt. Frissell
After 3.5 hours of happy motoring, we arrived at the parking area and headed into the wilds of mighty Mt. Frissell. The summit of Mt. Frissell is about .1 mile due north from the highpoint in CT, which is actually on its flank. The hike was short, the views were surprisingly good, and the Mt. Laurel was in full bloom, and absolutely gorgeous. The hike is only about 2.5 miles and well worth the effort.
Pete at the top of CT on Mt. Frissell
The marker at the Top
Jerimoth Hill is the highpoint of Rhode Island, and like the state itself, both diminutive and idiosyncratic. I headed over towards CT through RI, after a successful new business call in MA. Feeling fairly relaxed, I sailed right past the highpoint marker and into CT without realizing what I was doing. The weather was pretty bad, but I had some foul weather gear, and turned around, heading into the wilds of RI.
Jerimoth Hill – the tallest hill in the smallest state
The actual highpoint is about 100 yards up a path and into the woods off the highway. The highpoint is set up like a shrine, set in a wooded glen atop a glacial erratic rock. The boulder is topped with a couple of very suggestive rock cairns.
Suggestive cairns at the RI highpoint
The clearing had a number of storage sheds and, improbably, stands for telescopes with which you could look all the way across the clearing. Only in Rhode Island.
The top of Rhode Island