Ascent of North Preston Hill on 2020-02-15

Climber: Scott MacQuarrie

Date:Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Preston Hill
    Elevation:1447 ft / 441 m

Ascent Trip Report

Headed out following the AT to Thayer Brook. The brook was running fairly high today. Once I picked my crossing spot, not easy today with most rocks having a solid coating of ice on them, I made a few leaps and was on the other side. I stayed on the AT for only 50 yards or so. The AT switched back east and I started the bushwhack staying on the lower side of Chapel Pond Hill, staying to the right of a dense grove of mountain laurel. Soon I could see the large woods opening and Chapel Pond. At the pond I followed a wide trail around the east side crossing a few small brooks. After the third small brook, this trail headed further east so I started another whack, west up toward North Preston. Easily made it up with a few zigzags. There was no canister, but two empty cans on the highest boulder. I decided to head down on the west side of Chapel pond. Once you get down to the pond there is a wide old woods trail. I followed this down, eventually encountering two smaller ponds next to each other. I continued on the woods road. There are a few other similar trails that intersect but just continued bearing right, NE. Further down the trail gets harder to follow but eventually I hit the Mt Algo Shelter, then took the AT back out. I would suggest heading up this way. Go to the big blue bear box near the shelter and then head up toward the gap between the hills, keeping Chapel Hill to your left and you should run in to the woods trails eventually, which brings you to Chapel Pond. Then bear right around the west side of the pond and pick your way up to North Preston.
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    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
beautiful late winter day

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