Ascent of Southwest Lindsley Hill Peaks on 2011-06-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
Date:Friday, June 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Southwest Lindsley Hill Peaks
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

This County has 2 candidate high point Areas. On our FIRST TRIP TO THIS COUNTY ON 2009-07-31 we only visited AREA 1, unknown to us that both areas had to be climbed in order to claim it as successful.
AREA 1 is a very easy 100 yard walk up from hwy 69 ...... The rains all but stopped as we visited Connecticut's State Capitol in Hartford. After the guided tour we still had lots of time in the day so we decided to go over to CT's New Haven County High Point, before going to Kettletown State Park campground for the night.
From I84 exit 33 (west of Hartford) we traveled West on rte #72 through the sprawling town of Bristol and to a left on rte #69. From this road junction (72/69) we drove South for .43 miles to a narrow gated service road on the left (rte 69 reaches a height of land at this point). This is the TH ...... on the left, just before the gate, is Wolcott Auto Exchange, PO Box 1304 and on the right is the entrance to Continental Scrap Metal. The narrow paved service road with a chain-link gate climbs to the Highpoint, the sign reads 'Subcarrier Communications'.
We walked around the gate and 50 yards up to the summit ..... to an abandoned white industrial building and a fenced-in radio tower to the south of it. The High Point is the bump at the large rocks North of the building.

Sometimes after the above hike I learned that you need to visit all of the candidate highpoint Areas before claiming the peak as successful, so we made a SECOND TRIP TODAY TO VISIT AREA 2, which is a short 500 yards, 20 minutes RT.
From the Area 1 TH we drove .2 miles south on 69 and parked on the right under the Overhead Transmission Power Lines. I then walked southeast up the Power Line right-of-way 200 yards to the top of the ridge, then right 40 yards to the fenced-in Communication Tower. I walked the perimeter of the fenced-in area looking for high ground, ended-up picking my AREA 2 spot northeast of the Tower 15 yards from the fence, my GPS read 41.61818, 72.97101.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:track southeast bound from hwy 69 to area 2
    Start Trailhead:hwy 69 at Overhead Power Lines  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:track southeast bound from hwy 69 to area 2
    End Trailhead:hwy 69 at Overhead Power Lines  1000 ft / 304 m

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