Dickens the Welsh Terrier
Life of a Hiking Dog
About This Site

     I started this website in 2004 to record the interesting hikes I had with my Welsh terrier Dickens. He was born on May 3, 2003, and soon became an excellent hiking companion. The earlier hiking descriptions are written entirely from Dickens' point of view. Then in 2010 Dickens started having some health problems. In 2012 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and his hiking days were over. He died on December 1, 2014. I am continuing the website in his honor, dedicating it to this very wonderful angel of a dog, an exceptionally mild mannered and sweet Welsh terrier, as I have called him: "a big pussycat", "an angel", and "a little hairy guy."

     The reason why there are more hikes in New Hampshire than in Vermont is because in the 1990's I hiked all of Vermont's Long Trail in sections. This is recorded in detail in my book, High Ledges, Green Mountains (Bondcliff Books 2005). After that I began my quest of climbing 500 different mountains. I climbed number 500 on May 11, 2014.

      I have been asked by other hikers how I decide what is a mountain and what is just a hill, a knoll, or a buttress. My answer has always been: "It has to have at least five recorded casualties. Otherwise it is no mountain!" Usually I subscribe to the dictum of Tom Longstaff that a mountain must have dignity of form and must not be too easy of access. If it shows up on maps, all the better. I don't follow the arbitrary ADK rule of what is a mountain. If I can see it, it's pointy, it has a lookout, it's high up, and it feels like a mountain to me when I climb it, I'm not going to worry about whether or not it is any specific elevation or distance from a col. Sir Edmund Hillary once wrote that views up are often more interesting than views down.  I agree. Many of the low mountains of the Northeast are awesome places to visit, as you can see from the photos on this website.

Other States

Connecticut Hikes

Lookout - Info - Photos 
Mica Ledges - Info - Photos
Peoples - Info - Photos 
West Suffield - Info - Photos

Massachusetts Hikes

Adams - Info - Photos
Alander - Info - Photos
Bousquet - Info - Photos
Crag - Info - Photos
Frissell - Info - Photos
Peaked - Info - Photos
Race - Info - Photos

Vermont Hikes

Bear Hill - Info - Photos
Bromley - Info - Photos
Haystack Pawlet - Info - Photos
Haystack Wilm - Info - Photos
Patterson - Info - Photos


Some useful links

For more information about Bruce Hesselbach, visit his law firm website at
http://www.sover.net/~hessel/   or his writer's website at http://www.hesselbachwriter.com/
A wealth of information about select hikes in the Northeast can be found at
http://www.franklinsites.com .  You can get maps and information about the trails in the Newfane Town Forest by visiting their website at http://newfaneconservationcommission.weebly.com/

Some of my recent hikes

Thinking about going on a hike?  You can click on the links below and get a description of the trail as well as scenic photos.  I would have liked to set forth a comprehensive list of my hikes here in alphabetical order, but this page will only accept a small sample of them.  To check for others you can browse the journal entries or photos.  

New Hampshire Hikes

Adams - Info - Photos
Cardigan - Info - Photos

Cube - Info - Photos  
Eisenhower - Info - Photos                                           
Field - Info - Photos  
Gap - Info - Photos
Garfield - Info - Photos
Hedgehog - Info - Photos
Hewes - Info - Photos 
Hibbard - Info - Photos
Major - Info - Photos
Monadnock - Info - Photos
North Kinsman - Info - Photos
Plymouth - Info - Photos
South Hancock - Info - Photos
Webster - Info - Photos
Zealand - Info - Photos

New York Hikes  

Cascade Porter - Info - Photos
Cat - Info - Photos
Gothics - Info - Photos
Hadley - Info - Photos 
Jay - Info - Photos
Moxham - Info - Photos
Pharaoh - Info - Photos
Phelps - Info - Photos
Snow - Info - Photos
Snowy - Info - Photos
Wakely - Info - Photos