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Ascent of Mount Hope on 2011-03-20

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, March 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hope
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:217 ft / 66 m

Ascent Trip Report

Of all the high points in RI, this is the only one that requires some physical effort to visit.

I parked near the gate, at the bend in Tower Street, as explained in past reports. I walked between the first and second gates on the old asphalt road, which is now mostly covered with forest debris. I then crossed the second gate to begin the trailless part of the hike.

I immediately got tangled up in a dense mass of dagger-like thorns, but luckily escaped without much damage. After that I bushwhacked through mostly pine forest on my approach to the summit. I saw a few chunks of asphalt, and also a sewer cover. My unhurried ascent took about eight minutes.

The summit is a peaceful little spot, with partially-obstructed views of Mount Hope Bay. I saw white rocky outcrops that looked like snow cover from a distance. I don't know what type of rock it is, but that's OK because I wasn't a geology major.

I managed to avoid the thorns completely on my descent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:94 ft / 29 m
    Trailhead:123 ft / 37 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Clear



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