Ascent of North Preston Hill on 2011-06-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, June 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Preston Hill
    Elevation:1450 ft / 441 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today is the last day of an 11 day hiking trip to MA/RI/CT where I hiked to 45 peaks, we also went to see our granddaughter Holly in a hockey tournament in Marlborough, MA.

Today was a trail/bushwack to two different peaks ..... 5.6 miles, 3h20 hours RT for both peaks including time to check out woods road locations, GPS, etc.

Michael Schwartz excellent detailed TR provides all the necessary information one needs to do this climb. The purpose of this TR is to add more detail to the off-trail/bushwack part of the trip.
I chose to use the AT sb from the Hwy 341 TH north of Kent, in order to re-visit Mount Algo on my return trip for the second time, I first bushwacked to this peak in 2007 during my AT thru-hike. I'm really glad I chose this route today because the AT sb climb to Mount Algo's west shoulder is spectacular ..... the trail takes you through a long stretch of Mountain Laurels in full bloom, fallen flowers covered the path, simply beautiful.
If you are planning to hike this summit you need to read Michael.

When you descend Mount Algo sb on the AT to Thayer Brook you need to look for the old Woods Road (to your right, somewhat obscure, I missed it) about 90 yards before you get to the Brook.... this spot is 1.6 miles from Hwy 341. Turn right and follow it uphill 700 yards (10 minutes) to the obvious Chapel Pond Road, on the way pass a number of "Posted No Trespassing" signs, hopefully you won't meet up with anyone. Turn left, cross the Brook and walk uphill to a rough Logging Road on the right at about 300 yards, Chapel Pond is 100+ yards further on. This is the start of the bushwack. From this location I chose a 300 degree compass reading as my "Line of Travel" for the bushwack, aiming for the ridge north of the summit.

I turned right and followed the Logging Road (westerly) 300 yards to a large logged clearing, where I took/followed my 300 degree "Line of Travel" to the summit, at about 500 yards from the logged clearing, through an open deciduous forest with minor obstacles an a short moderately steep section. The bushwack from Chapel Pond Road to the summit took 20 minutes and the off-trail distance from the AT to the summit is estimated at 1.1 miles. The overall time from Hwy 341 to the summit including time taken to check-out the Wood Roads was 1 1/2 hours.

I always looked for the easy-way favoring right, and as far as bushwacks-go, this is an easy one. As I neared the ridge, the summit area became visible/obvious so I headed straight-for-it (always following the high ground), arriving directly at Michael's large boulder with a small cairn. I had no trouble finding the Register inside the cairn ...... a pepsi-can covered by a rusty tin-can. Michael and Fred were the last to sign-in on Aug 13/10, Andy Martin's entry wrongly names this North Preston Hill as Chapel Pond Hill, which is the peak to the east of Chapel Pond.
I walked the short ridge, ended up chosing my high spot at 20 feet west of the cairn at a rock outcrop, GPS 41.72099, 73.51324.

I returned the same way with a short bushwack detour to Mount Algo (see its TR).


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1350 ft / 411 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1350 ft / 411 m
    Extra Loss:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:ATsb/woods rd/bushwack eb from chapel pond
    Trailhead:AT TH on hwy 341  360 ft / 109 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:bushwack wb to chapel pond/woods rd/AT sb to Algo
    Trailhead:Mt Algo  
Ascent Part of Trip: algo

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Preston Hill2011-06-19 a
2Mount Algo2011-06-19 b

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