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Ascent of Holt Hill on 2017-07-01

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Holt Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:423 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

Flew in to Boston at midnight from Denver. Rented car and slept in the car in the parking garage then awoke in the middle of the night and drove to Andover and found the trail head which was gated closed. So I drove back to Andover and parked in front of Starbucks and slept in their parking lot till they started serving breakfast. At 5 AM I ate and was back at the trailhead by 6 AM still closed. I checked on internet site that said open at 6 AM but at 6:15 parked in front of the gate worried about the residential neighbors wondering why I was there....I tried another website and sure enough - will not be open till 8AM all week long! I had my $5 entrance fee in hand and there is NO PARKING anywhere on the residential street.

So I drove out along Prospect Road back out to the County Road and found a place to park along the road out there ( no signs) and walked back in and up Prospect Road to the trailhead as I had been there since about 4AM and was not going to wait longer.

The hike is well marked and maintained trails. Saw some deer. Took the red trail to the yellow to Holt Hill - tagged my county HP then took the southern blue loop to Boston Hill and then back to Holt Hill. I did not attempt to bushwhack Brush Hill as the grass along the trails was tall and wet and likely filled with ticks. Signs warning about lime disease got my attention - was not worth if for a tiny prominence peak without a trail in late spring early summer.

Best part of peakbagging sometimes on these obscure little hikes is the geology you learn This peaks are "Drumlin" so I had to look up the difference in eskers and drumlin and now I have more understanding about the features left over from glacial advance and retreat than my brain can hold. But these peaks are classic shaped and carved drumlins.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:223 ft / 67 m
    Total Elevation Loss:258 ft / 78 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot
75F humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:198 ft / 60 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 148 ft / 45 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Route 125 near Prospect Dr.  275 ft / 83 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:208 ft / 63 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 183 ft / 55 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:see TR
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  240 ft / 73 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Maine Day-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Holt Hill2017-07-01 a223 ft / 68 m
2Boston Hill2017-07-01 b284 ft / 87 m
3Mount Agamenticus2017-07-01 c379 ft / 116 m
4Second Hill2017-07-01 d275 ft / 84 m
5Mount Agamenticus2017-07-01 dd351 ft / 107 m
6Bradbury Mountain2017-07-01 e275 ft / 84 m
7Blinn Hill2017-07-01 f102 ft / 31 m
9Mount Pisgah2017-07-01 g490 ft / 149 m
9Rider Bluff2017-07-01 h260 ft / 79 m
Total Trip Gain: 2639 ft / 805 m    Total Trip Loss: 2295 ft / 700 m



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