USGS topo maps show the THMT originally climbing Tower Hill Mountain and continuing north on the ridge for the entire length of the mountain - over 10 miles. But the current Trails Illustrated map shows it currently listed at only 1.3 miles long. I was in the area, and figured that by hiking it I would be able to determine why the trail is so much shorter today than it had been in the past.
I returned the same way I came. There were no views during the entire hike. The TSGS map indicates that a spot called "Chimney Rocks" is at the south end of the ridge, a short bushwhack from where the trail reaches the ridge. Google Earth doesn't show anything other than tree cover on this part of the mountain, however, and I saw nothing indicating a trail going that direction.
|National Forest boundary at the end of this trail.|
The benefits of this trail include fitness (it is a steep climb to the ridge), wooded landscape, and seclusion (it is doubtful you will encounter another hiker in this remote area). But the trail is short, has no views or highlights, and will be terribly overgrown in the summer with plants that include Stinging Nettle. I do not plan to return.