Ascent of Prudence Island High Point on 2017-07-16

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Pete Covill
Date:Sunday, July 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Prudence Island High Point
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:180 ft / 54 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fascinating place. Took the ferry over from Bristol RI, about $10 pp. Many times daily, more on weekends.

We had to walk the long way around to the E end of the path in the woods by Helen Avenue, fearing owner issues at the W end. Couldn't have been more wrong! The whole upper end of the island is a nature preserve, with an extensive trail system. Best approach is the Diamond Trail, which starts somewhat obscurely by the Church one block uphill from the main shore road (Narragansett Avenue) at Well Lane. We came down this path. Plan for about 45 min to the HP area.

The top is a mostly open meadow amongst large trees, with remains of the old Baker Farm. They have transformed it into a Frisbee Golf course. No lie.... Discs are available there. 18 holes I think.

The exact HP is open to interpretation. The topo shows is to be in the woods about 50 yards NE. I disagree. There seemed to be highest ground at the ruins, which makes sense in that they built a house on it. There is also a BM in the ground in an outcrop at the NE edge of the meadow area. We wandered N on the main road (decent wide path) and came upon a small building with power running to it, which seems to almost touch the highpoint indicated on the topo. Dense vegetation precludes tromping, but it seemed 2-5' lower there.

All in all, a cool HP to visit. Bring your own food and water, there is a small general store with a few pricy items. Most visitors stay on the island, and aren't day tourists it seemed. We did score a nice lemonade from the store. Owner was helpful if not overly outgoing. Great way to spend a day. Hit the seafood restaurants in Bristol afterwards. Our favorite is Quitos by Independence Park, 5 blocks N along the main waterfront street from the ferry dock.

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