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Ascent of Copicut Hill on 2011-08-27

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Copicut Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:354 ft / 107 m

Ascent Trip Report

I originally approached Copicut Hill from MA-24 from the W, using a complex route involving Airport Rd, Riggenbach Rd, Wilson Rd, and Yellow Hill Rd. I don't recommend this approach owing to its complexity and the poor quality of most of the roads. The approach from the S is much better, and that is the one described here.

From US-6 about 1 mile W of MA-88, head N on Sanford Rd. Call this point mile 0.0. At 0.4 mile (after crossing under I-195) the road turns R and becomes Old Bedford Rd. At 0.7 mile, turn L (N) on Blossom Rd. Nearby signs mention Copicut Woods and Adirondack Petting Farm. At 2.1 miles, turn R on Indian Town Rd, which is mainly residential. At 3.7 miles, the road turns R. At 3.9 miles, make a sharp L turn at an oblique intersection where all other choices are unpaved (or badly paved). You are now on Yellow Hill Rd. At 4.5 miles, the pavement ends just after a house on the R. After this the road has many potholes; an approach from the W would entail several miles of roads in this condition. Fortunately, you proceed only 0.4 more miles before Tower Rd, your hiking route, heads off to the R (E). Tower Rd is gated with with a round arm gate. It was difficult to park without blocking this gate, and I parked on the other side of Yellow Hill Rd at another gate, this one with a square arm. I was blocking that gate, but the road behind it was overgrown and didn't show signs of recent use, so I didn't worry about blocking that gate as I would have about blocking the other gate.

I hiked up Tower Rd, which climbs gently. In fact the grade is too gentle to give a sense of climbing a hill with any prominence, even if only a few hundred feet. The road eventually reaches a clearing with a few towers. The highest ground appears to be near the tower on the far left. It may be inside the fence, but there's a hole that's easy to duck through, and no adverse signage. There are no views.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:65 ft / 17 m
    Extra Gain:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Tower Rd
    Trailhead:Yellow Hill Rd  315 ft / 96 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:10 Minutes



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