Ascent of Williams Hill on 2015-01-16

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Williams Hill
    Elevation:1000 ft / 304 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at boat dock at Hopewell Lake. Water was frozen and you could stand safely on lake ice. Hiked up and through woods and had trouble finding the "blue" blaze of the Boone trail but once located I realized most of the trails in the park allowing hunting. Nice.........share the hike with hunters. Wear orange. Right. They claim this is the strenuous hike in the park but it is not steep. It is actually very easy. There was ice on the trail and snow and in some places a bit easy to fall and be screwed with the sun coming down so I slipped on my microspikes for traction. There are a lot of marked cross trails that allow different levels of hunting. No views at the top even with all the leaves gone. Disappointing. Nice tower but can not climb it. Disappointing.

Then hiked down the paved road finding the lower parking off of firetower road. Started that as my second trailhead and headed back up, this time taking the red trail when I found it directly to the tower. Not a well maintained trail and hard to find in the winter but a nicer hike to the top. After second look at tower and doing a double bagging of this park HP, I headed back to the car parked over at the frozen lake. Although the hike was not thrilling, I was pleased to have made it into a decent workout of over 5 miles and over 800 feet of total gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:845 ft / 256 m
    Total Elevation Loss:845 ft / 256 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
44Fand windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:505 ft / 153 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 490 ft / 149 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:boone trail to ridge trail to tower
    Start Trailhead:Hopewell Lake   510 ft / 155 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:830 ft / 252 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 490 ft / 149 m; Extra: 340 ft / 103m
    Gain on way out:340 ft / 103 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:ridge trail to road to lower parking back to red t
    End Trailhead:same  510 ft / 155 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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