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Ascent of Mount Hope on 2012-06-17

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hope
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:217 ft / 66 m

Ascent Trip Report

Earlier this weekend I was in Newport and knew I would be heading to Pocasset Hill and Mount Hope on Sunday when I saw someone post a very helpful trip report on CoHP.org. Perfect timing! I drove to Tower Road headed east. Follow it around as it heads north-north east, then heads back south. You will pass a driveway (road on Google Maps) on the left and come to a 90 degree left turn and a gate. Make the left and head directly east for maybe 50 feet to a pulloff (make sure you pull as far over as you can, cars do come past here). Here David Olson's report was very helpful, as I headed into the brush (wearing sandals, not the smartest move) and headed left before the hill kicked up. It is pretty brushy but passable. Keep heading left and up. You will end up on the east face of the hill and on a game trail. Follow this to the top. You will find several concrete footings and black top. This was a Nike Missile base (PR-38C) that protected Providence RI from the 1950's to the early 1970's. The summit area was where the radar units were located. This area was once also a Native American sacred land where Metacomet, a Native American leader called "King Phillip" was killed during the First Indian war of 1675. I need to spend more time here when I come back.

This finishes Rhode Island for me!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:97 ft / 30 m
    Trailhead:Tower Road  120 ft / 36 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack



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