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Ascent of Holt Hill on 2011-04-07

Climber: Mike Dow

Date:Thursday, April 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Holt Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:423 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the parking lot on Prospect Rd. while driving through the area. There is an information sign where maps of the Reservation are available. Walked to the trailhead which is located between a private driveway and the access road for the transmission towers and water tanks located on the hill.

A nice pleasant walk on the trail that parallels the driveway until a point even with the house. There, the trail heads through the wood until the coming to the field where the Solstice Stones are located. The trail is wide and easy to find.

The USGS marker for the top of the hill is located between the Solstice Stones and the fire tower. There is a manmade berm around the water tanks that is higher than this point. It was a clear day and the buildings of downtown Boston could be viewed to the south along with landmarks in the surrounding towns.

From the top of the hill, I took the Graham Trail down the east side of the hill and looped through lower ground along the farms on the south edge of the hill.

All, and all, it was a beautiful day for a stroll though the woods.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:240 ft / 72 m
    Elevation Loss:300 ft / 90 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful Day with good visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Rachel's Trail
    Trailhead:Ward Reservation Parking Lot  303 ft / 92 m
    Time Up:19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:300 ft / 90 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Graham Trail
    Trailhead:Ward Reservation Parking Lot  243 ft / 74 m
    Time Down:20 Minutes



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