Ascent of Bellevue Hill on 2010-11-12

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, November 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bellevue Hill
    Elevation:325 ft / 99 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was in Boston for a conference at the Copley Marriott in downtown Boston, and my first day was filled from sun-up to sun-down with meetings, greetings, lunches, dinners, talks, and so on. I barely had time to do much of anything not on the official agenda. However, my second day (today) was also busy, but not as bad as yesterday. I saw I had a couple hours between commitments, so I decided to go check out Bellevue Hill, the highpoint of Suffolk County and the city of Boston. Suffolk County is quite small in area and basically encompasses Boston. Bellevue Hill is just a few miles southwest of downtown, in the community of Bellevue.

To get there, I got on the T, Boston's subway system, and rode the orange line to its south terminus at Forest Hills. My plan was to take a bus the two miles more to the Bellevue Hill area, but when I got on what I thought was the right bus, the driver said the bus "don't go there". Just to be safe, I spent $10 for a taxi to take me the remaining distance via Washington Street (a boulevard, more accurately). He dropped me off on a residential road and from there I walked the road, then entered the forested hill along a leaf-covered path. I walked some stairs and onto a clearing where a big water tower sits. I walked the perimeter of the fence and surmised the highpoint to be on the south side, a small rise on the hill near a tree. It was all very pretty.

I exited and walked back to Washington Street, and caught the bus as it drove back to the train depot. From there, I took the train back to downtown. The whole round trip, from hotel to highpoint and back, took less than two hours. I was amused that I used four modes of transportation: foot, taxi, train and bus. I was back to my hotel by 1 p.m., where I took a shower and made it back for some more presentations that afternoon. My walking portion covered about a mile, including the parts between the hotel and train station.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:225 ft / 68 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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