Ascent of Clark Hill on 2019-03-27

Climber: Jim Wilkinson

Date:Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:305 ft / 92 m

Ascent Trip Report

2.55 mile trail run up to Clark Hill and exploring surrounding trails. I parked on Beechwood Rd. and ran up the embankment before the first house and bushwhacked up to an ATV trail. I ran parallel to the houses and then there is a perpendicular ATV trial that goes up to the top. At the top, there were two large hawk moving about the trees overhead. I then ran back the ATV trial and continued along the same direction to explore. The trail goes alone the property lines of all the new houses, with signs that say it is conservation land beyond the signs (the trail is just on the conservation land side of the signs). The trail turned 90 degrees right and I encountered 3 wild turkeys there. There is an "observation well" pipe sticking out of the ground right next to the trail. This looks like an old road, train bed, or pipeline. Looking at maps later, I think it is an extension of the private portion of Pelham Street in Methuen that used to extend all the way over to Old Gage Hill Road in Pelham. I went a little further but turned around since I didn't think it would come out anywhere useful for trail access to this hill. Looking later, I was correct as once crossing the town line from Salem to Pelham, this looks to be all private land that would deadend on a private tractor trail to a field.

I turned around and ran back to where I first bushwhaked and continued along the trail in the opposite direction. After a little distance, I came to a fork and took the left fork and the trail dead-ended behind houses a bit further down. I encountered a large number of turkeys at the end. I counted 40 of them before they disappeared into the underbrush so there may have been more. I backtracked and took the other fork when I came to it and taking that fork ended up at what I later found out to be the Hampshire Road Soccer Fields in Methuen, MA. So an easy way to access to this hill is to park at the Soccer Fields and take the trail that is across the driveway from field 6. After looking afterwards, the hill and the way I accessed it are on Salem lot 9275 which I am guessing by the "conservation land" sign is a large lot put aside as conservation as part of the Beechwood Rd. development.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
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