From the Gile Hill trailhead, a narrow path winds through a dark, cool hemlock swamp. Sphagnum moss carpets the earth on both sides of the trail. In a short time the trail passes through a band of rough glacial boulders. Snow and ice linger here far into spring. After crossing Trout Brook on a wooden bridge, the trail rises to an old road in a dry pine forest. The Indian Ridge Trail runs across private lands conserved through trail and land easements held by the Town of Hanover. Follow the trail southward from its intersection with the Sachem Village Connector Trail to take in views easterly toward the Medical Center and westerly to the Connecticut River and Baker Tower at Dartmouth. The main trail continues through hardwood forest and ends at the City of Lebanon's Boston Lot Lake area trails.
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Indian Ridge Trail starts at a trailhead located next to the Gile Hill Road just off Medical Center Drive. Turn west off Route 120 opposite Jesse's Restaurant, then right into Gile Hill Road to a trailhead parking lot.
Alternatively, when visiting Sachem fields off Route 10, follow Gould Road east to Drake Lane, turn right, and continue under powerline corridor to reach and follow the Sachem Connector trail for 0.5 miles to reach the Indian Ridge Trail intersection.
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