Ascent of Hanging Hills on 2011-08-26

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hanging Hills
    Elevation:1030 ft / 313 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access to Hanging Hills is from Hubbard Park in Meriden. The park is entered from W Main St. The entrance is W of the sign identifying the park. Mirror Lake is readily apparent from this point.

After entering the park and passing along the W and N sides of the lake, I headed straight through a 4-way intersection (where a large parking lot is on the far L corner). A few hundred feet later I turned L at a T-intersection (actually you could proceed straight ahead, but it's just a driveway) and came to a locked gate just before the road passes under I-691. A sign on the gate said it is open only from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM. It was after this time, so I had no choice but to return the next morning.

Zero your odometer at the gate and proceed under I-691. The road proceeds N along the E side of Merimere Reservoir. At 1.3 miles I turned L (W) across the dam where the road straight ahead is gated. At 2.7 miles I went R at a fork. At 3.1 miles I parked in a lot near a communications complex.

A trail heads 200 yards S from the parking lot to the highest ground, which is in some slabs.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:Percival Park Rd  1005 ft / 306 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Minutes

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