Ascent of Holt Hill on 2010-11-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Roy Wallen
Date:Saturday, November 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Holt Hill
    Elevation:423 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today (Saturday) was not as busy and I had most of the afternoon open between meetings and other engagements. Prior to leaving I had contacted Roy Wallen, a pal from the county highpointers club. Roy lives in the area, but I had not seen him since 2002 in Texas. Roy was gracious enough to show me around a couple county highpoints, both "in the area" and close to Boston. I took the orange line north to its end at Oak Grove where Roy picked me up. First on the list was Holt Hill in Essex County, not far from the city of Lawrence. The weather was spectacular for this time of year.

We went north a small ways along Interstate-93, then followed some smaller feeder highways to a residential area. I couldn't really tell you where we were, but Roy obviously knew where he was going. We parked in a small lot near the park that includes Holt Hill. This is a small land preserve set amid some very nice homes.

The park has a number of trails, some going direct to the top, others more meandering. Roy chose a nice one that swung south, then east, then north to the grassy hilltop. The one-way hike took us 15 minutes using a combination of wooded paths, open grassy meadows, and old access roads. The top is broad, features a lookout tower, and at the summit itself, a set of stones laid out in the cardinal directions. There were lots of people about, oldsters out for a hike, and families with small kids. The Boston skyline was visible to the south, about 30 miles away. Even Roy commented what a clear day this was, that it was unusual. Temperatures were about 60, no breeze, and not a cloud anywhere.

After about 15 minutes at the top we took a shorter, more direct path back to Roy's car. After about 40 minutes zipping along the beltway highways of the Boston 'burbs, we arrived at our next objective, Great Blue Hill.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:323 ft / 98 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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