Its two open summits afford spectacular views of the entire region, including Taylor Pond, Silver Lake, Union Falls Pond, the Wilmington Range, the Stephenson Range and Whiteface Mountain. In season, the blueberries are nearly as good as the views.
From the trailhead parking area and trail register you will start hiking on the flat through semi-open terrain with many wildflowers in bloom in season. At 0.6 mile the trail bears right and begins to climb, dips to cross a brook at 0.8 mile, and then continues a mostly steep climb to the base of a steep chimney at 1.4 miles. This chimney requires some scrambling and may be difficult for small children, dogs, or anyone not comfortable in high places.
After this short, challenging stretch, the open rock summit just past the top of the chimney offers good views and is a worthy destination. Past this first summit, the trail briefly dips before resuming a zig-zagging climb across a series of open ledges. The trail is marked with intermittent cairns and fading paint blazes, and requires some care to follow before reaching the summit at 1.8 miles.
Trailhead Directions (Map)
From the four-corner intersection in the village of Wilmington head west up Route 431. At the intersection with the Whiteface Memorial Highway, just before the toll house, bear right toward Franklin Falls (county Route 72 or Gillespie Drive on some maps). Continue for 3.3 miles to Roseman Road — there might not be a sign — and take a right. Follow Roseman Road for 0.8 mile and turn right on Plank Road. Follow that for 2.2 miles, to the parking area on the left.