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Ascent of Dearth Hill on 2017-07-26

Climber: Mike Dow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dearth Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1090 ft / 332 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the parking lot at the north end of the pond, which is a little bit before the 86 Dearth Hill Rd address that is listed for the forest.

Mount Waddaquaduck South

Following the map provided on the state forest website, I headed to the southern end of the pond where the trailhead was shown. The trailhead is easy to find, but the trail is fairly overgrown and there are some rocks and small logs beneath the bushes and ferns that could result in injury. The trail loops back up the eastern side of the pond and joins a trail that leads directly from the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. Save the effort and just "cut the corner" to reach the trail that actually heads up the mountain.

Once on the trail, it is a fairly steady climb and the trail is easy to find. The trail appears to go over the highest point of the hill and then continues on to the main peak of Waddaquaduck.

Mount Waddaquaduck

The trail proceeds down the slope to the col between the two peaks. The trail eventually meets a large road-like trail running east-west. Turning right and going about 30 yards, the trail to the summit is on the left. This trail is easy to follow and ends up at the peak where there is a cairn of stones. There is a trail that descends the north side toward US 20.

I followed the same route down, but didn't follow the trail around the lake.

Dearth Hill

When I returned to the parking lot, I once again follow the map to what looked like a trailhead branching off of the right side of the road just before the road crosses the stream that feeds the pond. This probably isn't a real trail and it petered out in a bunch of deadfall after about 50 yards. Picking my way through, I eventually met what was obviously a well worn trail, that probably starts at the headquarters area. I followed this trail toward the south and eventually met a junction with a well marked white blazed trail. This trail heads uphill almost directly to the highest point. I left the trail where it crests the ridge, and found what appears to be the highest point near a glacial erratic. I walked a little farther toward to the north, but there wasn't evidence of a point that was higher.

I followed the white blazed trail down, and it meets a road. This junction is about 20 yards past where the road crosses this stream, if you are walking up to the highpoint by this route. This road branches off of the "main road" about 1/4 mile south of the pond. This is definitely the easiest route to the highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:202 ft / 62 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Foggy morning
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:202 ft / 62 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Unknown Trail & White Blazed Trail
    Trailhead:State Forest Parking Lot  888 ft / 270 m
    Time Up:24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:White Blazed Trail & Dearth Hill Rd
    Time Down:26 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Brimfield

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Waddaquaduck South2017-07-26 a
2Mount Waddaquaduck2017-07-26 b
3Dearth Hill2017-07-26 c
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