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Ascent of Great Blue Hill on 2017-12-01

Climber: Bill Symonds

Others in Party:Jeffrey Tickner
Date:Friday, December 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Great Blue Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

We made this one harder than it had to be because we didn't know about Summit Rd, which I believe is open to the public to drive all the way to the top. As it were, we parked in the parking lot for the ski slope, right off of Rt 138, and started hiking. The Red Dot trail is steep and rocky, and takes you to Eliot Tower. From there, it's a short walk on a well-maintained trail to the peak, which has a large visitor's center and weather station. It was closed on this day, but still interesting to see and read some of the history on the outdoor signs.

This was peak #1 in a 4-peak hike. Wolcott Hill is <1mi away by hiking back toward Eliot Tower and taking the Blue Dash Tr. As we were heading back toward Eliot Tower, we turned too west soon (also on a trail marked with blue dashes...the "South Blue Dash Tr perhaps?) and headed down another steep, rocky trail to a small pond between the too peaks. Probably not the easiest way, but it got the job done.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:371 ft / 113 m
    Total Elevation Loss:270 ft / 82 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Partly cloud and cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:371 ft / 113 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Red Dot Tr
    Start Trailhead:Blue Hills Ski Area Parking Lot  269 ft / 81 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:270 ft / 82 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:S Blue Dot Tr
    End Trailhead:pond between Great Blue Hill and Wolcott Hill  370 ft / 112 m
    Time:12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Great Blue Hill (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Great Blue Hill2017-12-01371 ft / 113 m
2Wolcott Hill2017-12-0193 ft / 28 m
3Hemenway Hill2017-12-01121 ft / 37 m
4Hancock Hill2017-12-0197 ft / 30 m
Total Trip Gain: 682 ft / 208 m    Total Trip Loss: 682 ft / 208 m



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