Ascent to Hearthstone Hill-west slope on 2011-06-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Hearthstone Hill - west slope
    Elevation:380 ft / 115 m
    Remaining Elevation:135 ft / 41 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This trip turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. I started out from the TH only to turn back .... a guy stuck his head out of the second story window of the house to the left, telling me that the area is posted/off-limits and I have no right to go on. Not a very friendly/accomodating type, we had a long discussion. "You're the second guy in two weeks, the last guy was from NH, we don't want this to be a tourist destination". He told me that the owners live in Florida and the manager of the land can be found down Baltic Road at the Red Barn, "But I know he won't give you permission".
I didn't feel comfortable so decided not to proceed. The house has a "For Sale" sign, hopefully the new owner will be more receptive to highpointers.
I decided to go to the Red Barn, we drove back to Baltic then left quarter of a mile to the Red Barn on the right, a lot of cows in the field but no human around. We drove north/overnighted at the Salt Rock State Park Campground.

Next morning I decided to go back to the Red Barn, this time I found the Manager. He wasn't any more friendly than yesterday's guy. He confirmed that the owner lives in Florida, but wouldn't give out his name. He couldn't give me permission for fear of an accident !!!!!!!.

I will have to return and try an eastern approach.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE TH REFERRED-TO ABOVE....From I395, exit 82, we traveled west on Hwy #2 to #32N, then 3.4 miles to a right on Baltic Road, 1.2 miles to a right on Audette Road, southeast .23 miles to the end of the paved road. Parked here. Straight ahead is a rough gravel road (large 2 story home to its left) that leads to a quarry, the summit is beyond to the left of compass south at about .7 miles from my parked van. From the satellite map this is an easy short climb with a few hundred yard bushwack.

Summary Total Data
    Route:audette road aproach from northwest
    Trailhead:tp end of audette road  
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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