Ascent of Brush Hill on 2011-06-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brush Hill
    Elevation:246 ft / 74 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our Granddaughter, Holly, won both of her games yesterday at the New England Sports Center Hockey Tournament in Marlborough, 8-0 and 1-0. Her next game is scheduled for this evening, giving me lots of time to do some Peakbagging. I ended up visiting 4 peaks today all as noted below.
I did not put in the driving directions to 3 of the peaks because there are all to many reports that do that.

GREAT BLUE HILL, Norfolk highest CoHP ...... from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum parking on hwy 138 (west side of the summit), I climbed the red dot trail to the open summit capped with the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory erected in 1885, a beautiful old structure. Lot of Cyclists and runners on the asphalted road to the summit (not accessible to cars)..... 1.5 miles, 40 minute RT.

BRUSH HILL, Sufffolk County Prominence Peak ..... from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum parking we drove north on 138 for 1.5 miles to a left on Bradlee Road, .56 miles to a right on Prospect Road (crossing Brush Hill Road on the way), .3 miles to its end at Milton Road. This corner is the TH, park here.
Straight ahead to the left is a huge yellow house #150 Milton Road, we went to the door for permission to walk around the back yard. The nice lady with young children, whose Mom is a Canadian living in Nova Scotia, had no problem. She didn't know that this was a County Prominence Peak.
I checked out the back yard and picked my high ground at the left corner of the back yard fence, at a large tree, my GPS read 42.24898, 71.10930. This is a beautiful area with large homes.

BELLEVUE HILL, Suffolk Co HP ...... a short 250 yard walk up a gated paved road from Bellevue Hill Road. I walked the perimeter of the two large water tanks, interestingly one of them is constructed from large granite blocks ( a first for me). As reported by others high ground appears to be at the large tree as you approach the tanks, however what is natural around these tanks is questionable.

HOLT HILL, Essex highest CoHP ...... from the TH parking on Prospect Road, I walked up the road 100 yards to the start of the paved fire lane that led less than half a mile to the summit. I checked out the whole area around the Water Tanks, Solstice Stones and Fire Tower.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6 ft / 1 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6 ft / 1 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:corner of prospect and milton roads
    Start Trailhead:corner prospect and milton roads  240 ft / 73 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6 ft / 1 m
    Route: road
    End Trailhead:corner prospect and milton roads  240 ft / 73 m

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