Ascent of Hanging Hills-East Peak on 2013-06-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Mike Saxton
Date:Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hanging Hills-East Peak
    Elevation:967 ft / 294 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note this peak is also known as "Castle Craig" and can be found in guides such as in as such. It is in Hubbard Park. The Metacomet Trail is hard to see off the road and with no parking. It crosses a creek that was extremely fast the day we tried to find it becuase of a week or rainfall. It appears you haev to park on the other side of the highway and walk up the paved reservoir road to get to this trailhead now. Remember the gate is often open only from 10 AM to 4 PM so check ahead.

Still moving from our bagging of the state "Prom" peak and County Prom HP, we descended the "white Blaze" trail near the parking lot till it intersected the red blaze jeep road described in the TR for the West Hanging Hills Peak. I acquired that intersection and then spun around and walked as fast as I could to rejoin Mike and trip and fell and bruised my knee and fell into broken glass. thanks kids for breaking glass all over the trail here. Nice!

Mike and I rejoined at the white and blue trail intersection and bagged the true peak by the light, and then went up the tower for views. The tower is 1002 feet above sea level and was built in 1900. Fun day but I enjoyed the West Peak by far more. We drove down from here as we had over 6 total miles in and over 1000 feet of total gain. Nice workout.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:286 ft / 87 m
    Total Elevation Loss:603 ft / 183 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:256 ft / 78 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:white blaze from red road trail
    Start Trailhead:White trail and red road trail  711 ft / 216 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:603 ft / 183 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 573 ft / 174 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:climb castle then paved road down by car
    End Trailhead:car at parking lot at Castle  394 ft / 120 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Hanging Hills

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hanging Hills2013-06-12 a1138 ft / 347 m
2Hanging Hills-East Peak2013-06-12 b286 ft / 87 m
Total Trip Gain: 1424 ft / 434 m    Total Trip Loss: 1113 ft / 339 m

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