Ascent of Upton Hill on 2019-07-03

Climber: David Majors

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Upton Hill
    Elevation:413 ft / 125 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two summit candidates to Upton Hill - as it is more commonly known today (rather than the more historical Upton's Hill).

The first is at or near a prominent blue water tower near the Wilson Boulevard entrance of the Patrick Henry Apartments, 6172 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205. To get there, park in the complex's lot, and walk around the water tower. For throughness's sake, don't forget to walk into the interior courtyard area. There is a spot a ways in that seems higher than by the water tower - likely the result of the building of the apartment complex and therefore may not be a "natural" apex. Either way, it is worth the short walk over here just to stand atop to ensure you have bagged it.

The other contender is across the street - in fact, GPS coordinates for the peak tend to lead you over there.

The address is 6407 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205. The spot is on private property; the historic Febrey-Lothrop house. The original structure was built around 1865, and has seen renovation over the years. In total, the proeprty is over 9 acres in size, making it far and away one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land in Arlington County.

Before walking all over the property, you should ask permission. To me, the high ground is towards the south-east of the property near or among the large, prominent trees in the front yard. GPS coordinates of the peak are in agreement.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
91° F

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