Ascent of Bobs Hill on 2017-12-30

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bobs Hill
    Elevation:1755 ft / 534 m

Ascent Trip Report

I have never written trip report for sub-1000m peak. But this one is an interesting snow climb.
Parking free at 39.535351, -77.480683 along Catoctin Hollow Rd, just passing William Houck Campground Entrance and Olive Green PATC Cabin (coming from east).
Catoctin Trail TH: 39.616735, -77.470683, about 0.13mi from the parking.
Following 1.9mi trail, passing peak 1767, reaching Cat Rock junction, then I went off-trail when CT cuts Bobs Hill NEN ridge. The ridge is form by interesting rock, but also annoying bushes. A triangle rock should be the true summit. I descent via E slope to the saddle between Peak 1747 so as to avoid bushwhacking.
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Bobs Hill summit rock (2017-12-30). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1075 ft / 326 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1075 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:875 ft / 266 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 635 ft / 193 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:NEN ridge
    Start Trailhead:William Houck CG  1120 ft / 341 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:835 ft / 254 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 635 ft / 193 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:E slope
    End Trailhead:William Houck CG  1120 ft / 341 m
    Time:50 Minutes

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