Ascent of North Preston Hill on 2022-01-01

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 1, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Preston Hill
    Elevation:1447 ft / 441 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peaks #3 & #4 for the day.

Dropped my car where the AT crosses Rt 341 in Kent, then rode my bike 8.3 miles to where the AT crosses Hoyt Rd. This is where I began my hike.

I headed northbound greeted by the "Welcome to Connecticut" sign. It had rained overnight and the woods were engulfed in low clouds/fog most of the day, but the temperature was balmy for the first day of the new year. No snow on the ground. I had never hiked the AT in CT, so I wasn't exactly sure what I was in for, only that I knew it wasn't going to be like a day in the Whites. Just under 2 miles in, I reached the summit of Tenmile Hill. I had to go off trail just a bit to tag the GPS coordinates. The true high point is fairly obvious. I continued northbound and was surprised to see people on the trail. Not a lot. Mostly solo hikers, but there was a family of 4 where I crossed over the Tenmile River. The section of trail that runs along and above the Housatonic River was probably my favorite part of the hike. After that, it was pretty uneventful until I arrived at Thayer Brook where it was time to head off trail.

I crossed the brook and continued NOBO looking for a faint path on the left, but I never could locate it. I backtracked to the brook remembering a report that said there was a path that ran along it. I started west along the brook into the woods, and in less than a minute, an open area that seemed like a wide, leaf-covered path revealed itself. I continued following this "path", crossing into the hunting reserve. This path eventually led to an ATV road. I turned left here after making sure there was no one at the buildings to the right. The road goes up a hill and shortly after, I turned right (just before the pond) onto a less used ATV road. This road faded out at what is usually a field covered in ferns in the summer. From here on up it was a steep, but otherwise "easy" bushwhack. I arrived at the large stone with the rusted tin can on it. Satisfied with my "triumph", I returned to the AT the same way with no problems. The rest of the hike out was uneventful.

I had enough daylight left to retrieve my bike and grab one more CT peak.

START - 9:42am
END - 3:44pm
14.01 miles

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1186 ft / 361 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1086 ft / 331 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.1 mi / 17.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1186 ft / 361 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.9 km
    Route:AT, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:261 ft / 79 m
    Time:3 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1086 ft / 331 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:bushwhack, AT
    End Trailhead:361 ft / 110 m
    Time:59 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CTATPT1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tenmile Hill2022-01-01585 ft / 178 m
2North Preston Hill2022-01-011186 ft / 361 m
Total Trip Gain: 1771 ft / 539 m    Total Trip Loss: 1823 ft / 556 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Rossman
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