Ascent of Holt Hill on 2014-02-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, February 24, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||423 ft / 128 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI finally decided on 2/24/2014 that I was going to bag the Essex County highpoint, and I arrived at the Prospect Rd. parking area early in the morning to do just that.
I took a yellow-blazed trail called "Rachel's Trail" to the top. It was very easy, although the snow was very slick, almost like ice. I figured it wouldn't be too good for my snowshoes, so I took them off and barebooted most of the way.
Near the top, I crossed a large field, which was so reflective because of the snow that I had to face down to prevent snowblindness. When I got to the top, there was a good view of Boston and a fire tower, although the latter was closed and marked with "No Trespassing" signs. I stuck around for a few minutes and then headed back down the yellow-blazed trail for a short distance, eventually varying my route and taking the shortcut trail and a service road back down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Overcast|
| Gain on way in:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Rachel's Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Prospect Rd. 273 ft / 83 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Rachel's Trail, shortcut path, service road|
| End Trailhead:||Prospect Rd. |
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