Snow line

Winter and spring in one scene.

Early spring (late winter?) storms sometimes give one the opportunity to see the dramatic difference elevation makes. It rained yesterday afternoon, hard at times, for many hours. When I hiked up to the top of the Lyme Pinnacle this afternoon – it’s really just a grand hill, not really fair to call it a small mountain – I enjoyed the broad views into Vermont on the west and the hills of Lyme to the east. Most prominent, today, was the vast bulk of Smarts Mountain, with its level summit ridge and its fire tower rising above the trees – all coated in a fresh dusting of snow.

Smarts Mountain – dusted with snow – from the Lyme Pinnacle.

The entirety of Smarts Mountain, at least from this vantage point, was covered in snow, whereas the nearby fields were hinting at the early greens of spring. A few other smaller hills nearby – Winslow and Holts, which form the Dartmouth Skiway – were dusted just at their caps. It was a reminder of this time of transition, with the spring equinox still a few days away.

Smarts Mountain – dusted with snow – from the Lyme Pinnacle.

The blustery winds limited my time on the hilltop, and when I arrived back home there were snow flurries in the air… even there at 400′ above sea level. An hour later, the sun was out and it was time to work in the garden.

Full-res photos. Below is my figure-8 route, 4.2km, gain 100m. (The Pinnacle is also known as Acorn Hill.)

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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