Province Mountain, Newfield
The views from this easy-to-climb, 1,176-foot mountain are gorgeous! And you only have to hike uphill for 15 or so minutes to reach the open summit and bench. I hiked up from one trail that began at the end of Butterfield/Wilkinson Road, but I heard from fellow hikers there is another path departing from Newfield Road in New Hampshire. You’ll pass this alternative path close to the summit.
After parking at a gate on Butterfield Road, you head up a private drive for a few hundred feet before coming to the start of the footpath on your right (which was marked with a wooden “trail” sign when I visited.) The path is not blazed, but is easy to follow. Eventually you’ll come to a clear-cut area. The path continues just ahead of you and ever so slightly to the left. Keep climbing up. You’ll pass the path that heads down to Newfield Road on your right before circling around the summit and up to the grand finale, with lovely views over Province Lake and mountains behind.
The elevation gain is approximately 551 feet.
Directions: From Province Lake Road, turn onto Butterfield Road, which becomes Wilkinson Road). You’ll drive past little cottages until you get to a gate. Park here and continue up the road. When rounding a second curve, you’ll see the trail head on the right.