Ascent of Bald Hill on 2014-01-20
|Date:||Monday, January 20, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||633 m / 2080 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI drove up Rees Road in North Pawlet and parked just past the last active driveway (on the left), taking care not to block access to a gated road on the right or the extension of Rees Road that goes straight to another gate and up into the valley west of the peak. I walked up this latter road and I passed a gate announcing that the area was owned by the Nature Conservancy. Despite many private property/no trespassing signs in the area, this land is open for hiking - I checked in with the neighbors to be sure. This area is also apparently open for hunting during hunting season, so use caution if hiking in the late fall.
The road is in good shape, and you will pass a cabin on the right almost right away. Keep following the main road uphill with the brook on your right. You will pass hand painted signs for Upper Lincoln Road (on the left), Upper Simmonds Road (on the right) and Wells Bridge Road (on the left) before you come to a sign on the ground for Moose Rub Road, which branches to the right. Follow this lesser road toward the brook and across it, and climb steeply up to the ridge on the other side. Once on the ridge, I left the trail and bushwhacked east up the steep slope for about 700 vertical feet to the summit. There is an open grassy area with a few rock outcroppings at the summit. It must have nice views on a clear day, but It was cloudy and snowing while I was there. I brushed snow away from a number of the outcroppings, but I could not locate the summit benchmark. I rebuilt a cairn and descended the way I came. 58 minutes up, 30 minutes down - quicker than I expected.
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