It has been called a “hockey stick hike” with a long gradual walk followed by a short steep uphill. It is an easy day trip, or a multi-day stay for backpackers on the Appalachian Trail. You don’t have to be a long-distance hiker to enjoy Smarts Mountain and it all starts in Lyme, NH. From the center of Lyme, follow the signs for the Dartmouth Skiway to the east. Just before the Skiway take the left branch which is Dorchester Road. A small parking lot is on the left, just before the iron bridge over Grant Brook. Orange signs mark the trailhead. From the parking lot you have a choice, the Ranger Trail or the Lambert Ridge Trail (the present Appalachian Trail route). Both get to the same spot in 3 miles and then climb together the last .6 mile to the summit. The views into the Upper Valley and out to the White Mountains from the summit of Smarts Mountain are stunning. And what better time to hike than in the fall – Mother Nature’s patchwork quilt will be laid out for you in all its glory. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will direct you to the trailhead – give us enough advance notice and we can pack a picnic lunch for you.