Ascent of Highlands Hill on 2019-07-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Highlands Hill
    Elevation:170 ft / 51 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Provincetown area we continued south on the Cape - this second TR of the day covers the next 5 peaks that we visited.

Driving Directions for the first 3 peaks
We found our way south to North Truro, JCT Hwy#6/Aldrich Road (Cemetery on corner) and zeroed our odo.
0.00M ... we went east on Aldrich.
0.25M ... parked on road side for "PETERS HILL".
0.40M ... T-JCT, turned left onto South Highland Road
0.75M ... passed Old Dewline Road on the right which is the road for "HIGHLANDS HILL", large sign "Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore".
1.20M ... Highland Light Road on right leads to an immediate parking area for "THE HIGHLANDS".

PETERS HILL .... drive up
The summit is to the left of the road inside the open woods, nothing obvious and not a recommended destination.

THE HIGHLANDS ... a road walk ... .5 miles RT.
From the parking lot (above) I walked the paved road east 250 yds to the relocated Light House. A 5$ seniors entry fee for the climb to the top. The area is surrounded by a golf course.
Another 150 yds beyond is the observation deck right on top of the eroded cliff. The Lighthouse was relocated to its present location in 1996 because of the cliff erosion.

HIGHLANDS HILL ... easy road and whack .. 1 mile RT.
This HP is located at the north end of The Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore, 75 yds east of the large Radar Dome of the "Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)".
This huge fenced-in site was the former North Truro Air Force Station, active between 1951 and 1985 (500 personnel were stationed here). Today it belongs to the National Park Service, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, hosting different types of cultural events. Its noted that from the outside the site looks unkept and not a typical government-park-like-site.
We drove east on Old Dewline Road .5 miles and parked at the old baseball field (42.03122,-70.05664).
I walked the paved road that heads northeast .3 miles to the gated entrance at the FAA, where I went left (west) around the outside of the fence line to the very north corner, east 50 yds along the fence, then bushwhacked north to the obvious HP (dense oak brush). The HP (42.03462,-70.05353) sits in scrub grass at the top of the eroded cliff.
We went back to Hwy#6 and drove south to Truro.

BEARBERRY HILL - WEST PEAK (90') .... trail hike to both summits from parking at North Pamet Road.
From JCT Hwy#6/Truro Center Road we went east to Pamet Roads and picked-up North Pamet Road which took us northeast 1.75 miles to the TH Parking on the right side of the road (a hostel is just ahead on the right). The nice trail starts across the road.
I walked/climbed the trail northerly 250 yds to a junction, Right took me 100+ yds to the EAST PEAK, left is 100 yds to the WEST PEAK.
The EAST PEAK is perhaps the nicest summit in Cape Cod.

Next up were the Fire Towers - we returned to Hwy#6 and continued south.

"THE SEA .... PLAYS WITH THE LAND, HOLDING A SAND-BAR IN ITS MOUTH AWHILE BEFORE IT SWALLOWS IT, AS A CAT PLAYS WITH A MOUSE." .... noted Henry david thoreau in mid eighteen hundreds as he walked the beaches of cape cod.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:rd/whack from old dewline rd
    Trailhead:old dewline road at baseball field  130 ft / 39 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack

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