We were looking to do a small hike in the area after North Uncanoonuc, so we decided to follow directions to Joe English Hill. Parked at the end of Summit Drive at the cul de sac next to the beaver pond. Followed the gravel road leading up the mountain to the 4x4 trail that led slightly left (and very wet with run-off). This led to the gravel road (left) than runs up through a stone excavation site on both side of the main road/trail. Continued straight up crossing lots of rock slabs (wet), until eventually the road turned into a trail, through an area of burned trees and ground from a forest fire. Next came upon an open area with view towards Crotched Mountain. The trail curved left joining a yellow-blazed trail approaching from the southwest, past an area that looked like toppled cairns and a firepit (false summit?) to an area with 2 chairs, a fire pit, an informational sign about raptors, and views toward the Uncanoonucs. Very peaceful, very comfortable to sit an enjoy mountain atmosphere. Sat and read for a half hour. Followed a very mossy trail south of this area to a wooded area that I presume was the true summit, marked by a red ribbon, and shortly thereafter came out to a rock outcrop above the south cliffs that overlooked the satellite domes of the air force station and Joe English Pond. Decided not to wander too far down that trail and returned to the chair area. Decided to venture down the yellow-blazed trail a little ways through an area that had an open view towards the Pack Monadnocks. The yellow trail seemed to have very little travel and was overgrown closer to what turned out to be the south cliffs again, to another rock outcrop that had a much better and unobstructed view south and east. (After some quick research, this trail seems like it would head down to Meadow Road on the southside of the hill, but is no longer in use, because it is located on air force property...warning signs are posted at the old parking area off Meadow Rd.) From this point we decided to head back to the original trail and follow our steps back to the car.

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