Ascent of Sankaty Head on 2010-08-01

Climber: Micah Schneider

Others in Party:Aimee Bouchard
Date:Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sankaty Head
    Elevation:111 ft / 33 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting to Sankaty Head via bicycle is fun and enjoyable way to indulge in our pastime. The downtown area is thick with traffic, both vehicles and foot, during summer months. Luckily, bicycles are a common sight here, so drivers are fairly tolerant of them. And if not tolerant, at least aware of them. There are a few bike shops right on Broad St., where the ferry docks. We arrived around 3pm, rented bikes for four hours ($20 bucks each), and headed off.

There are two main bike trails on the island. One follows Polpis Rd.,
the other Milestone Rd. Polpis, according to the folks at the bike
shop, is hillier than Milestone, but "hills" are a relative term here
where the highest land is only 108 feet. We had little trouble going
up the short slopes on the bike path. We arrived at Sankaty Head in
about 1:15 minutes, which included a couple of stops for traffic and

We concur with previous reports that the southern 108 contours are
badly eroded. The highest ground appears to be the small remaining
piece of the "middle" 108 contour. Judging from how close it is to the edge, it might not last much longer than a few more years, at most. The lighthouse renovations are now complete, and the only remaining fencing is placed to keep visitors from getting too close to the cliff edge. The large 108 contour nearest the lighthouse is easily "summitted".

Total round trip: 21 miles, 2:30 hours. This includes time for
sightseeing, poking around at Sankaty Head, and one stop for water and
snacks. We met several people along our journey who all assumed that,
when we said we were going to the high point of the island, that we
meant Altar Rock. Guess they don't look at the GIS files for their own
county here on Nantucket.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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