Ascent of Hart Peak on 2018-10-11

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hart Peak
    Location:Canada-Nova Scotia
    Elevation:1198 ft / 365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hart Peak was recently promoted to the highest point on the mainland of Nova Scotia, taking the crown from nearby Nuttby Mountain. That's a shame, since Nuttby has a road to the summit and was an old fire tower site, and Hart is a trailless bushwhack to a very flat summit in deep woods. It's not much fun at all.

The closest road access is from the east. A dirt road leads from Highway 4 at a large quarry, leads around the south end of the massive pit, and then up into a development of rustic cabins. Some appear to be occupied year-round, but others maybe just seasonally. The area has snowmobile trails in the winter. On a rainy late afternoon in October it seemed pretty quiet and no one bothered me. I parked away from any houses and set off into the woods--see GPS track.

The bushwhacking was not too bad, mostly through open deciduous forest on ground covered in ferns. For me, it was raining heavily and I got quite wet. The summit is a very flat area in the forest and it is impossible to determine any exact high point. I wandered around inside the highest 10m contour for a bit and called it good, taking my summit photos at a likely high spot. I saw no evidence of prior human visitation--no signs, flagging, cairns, etc. but others have been here before.

One could bushwhack up the west slopes from Highway 4, a longer way in both distance and gain, but it avoids any issues with the private land near the cabins.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:296 ft / 90 m
    Total Elevation Loss:296 ft / 90 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:296 ft / 90 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:E Slopes
    Start Trailhead:902 ft / 274 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:296 ft / 90 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:E Slopes
    End Trailhead:902 ft / 274 m
    Time:40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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