Ascent of Beacon Pole Hill on 2011-08-26

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Beacon Pole Hill
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:550 ft / 167 m

Ascent Trip Report

I originally approached Beacon Pole Hill from the E, using RI-114 and Tower Hill Rd. This did not work very well, and I learned upon leaving the area that a more direct way (from most directions) would use RI-99, so my directions are based on that approach.

From the point where RI-99, a freeway, ends at RI-122 (Mendon Rd), head E on RI-122. Call this point mile 0.0. At 1.1 miles, turn L (N) on W Wrentham Rd at a light. A small strip mall is on the S side of RI-122 at this point. At 2.5 miles, turn R on Tower Hill Rd. At mile 2.9 are house numbers 266 & 258 on the R, and a road to the radio towers near the summit is on the L. The road to the towers had a white gate which was open, but I still decided not drive up it and there was no easy place to park nearby. Though Tower Hill Rd is narrow, winding, has no shoulder, and hence provides few places to park, I did find ample space to park at a pullout on the R, at a L turn, about 0.1 mile past the turnoff.

I hiked back to the spur road, then up it. Within a few minutes I reached the towers: two separate facilities surrounded closely by woods. Just before reaching the second facility I struck off the road to the L, uphill. Within ~1 minute I reached the highest boulder, which has 3 molded concrete "feet" surrounding a metal rod.

A house is visible through trees to the W. Ben Lostracco's report on makes it appear that the summit is on private property and that one should ask permission. While it may be technically true that the summit is on a lot belonging to one of the houses nearby, it's in the woods, it's not in a yard, it's not necessary to go across a yard or near a house to get to it, and unless that situation changes I wouldn't worry about trespassing.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:68 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:Tower Hill Rd  482 ft / 146 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:10 Minutes

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