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Ascent of Blood Hill on 2011-04-23

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blood Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1516 ft / 462 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked next to the trailhead in the public lot at the end of Luke Road. At the beginning of Luke Road, there is a homemade wooden sign (with stenciled and hand-painted lettering) directing visitors to the trail.

The trail starts out as a wide forest road, and becomes narrower and steeper as it approaches the top. Part way up, I began noticing yellow triangular blazes on the trees. As expected this time of year, the trail was wet, with pools of water in spots, and streams flowing down some of the sloping sections. In drier conditions, this would be a fairly easy hike, with just one moderately steep part on the final push to the summit. In fact, I was surprised that the elevation gain was over 500'. I started my uphill hike at 8:45am, and reached the summit a minute or two after 9:00.

The weather added another dimension to today's hike. Heavy, wet snow was accumulating on the ground from today's late April snow shower. There was up to a half-inch on the ground in spots. The coating of snow on the trees was pretty, but the trail was slick on parts of the descent.

With the snowfall and typical spring trail conditions, this was not a great day to be here, but I enjoyed the experience anyway. It looks like there would be decent views from the summit on a clear day, but the low clouds kept me from seeing any of it. But, for me, hiking or trail running isn't just about the view (although the view can be a nice bonus).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:516 ft / 158 m
    Trailhead:Luke Road Trailhead  1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:15 Minutes



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