Ascent of Boston Hill on 2012-04-14

Climber: Jason Reed

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boston Hill
    Elevation:384 ft / 117 m

Ascent Trip Report

I ran the Merrimack River 10 miler in the morning, and since the Essex County High Point was so close, I figured I'd bag it in the afternoon. Since there were some other hilltops in the area I went and got those too. I parked in the parking lot on Prospect Road, which is off of Andover Bypass St. It was a dirt lot with a bunch of cars but I had no problem finding one of the few open spaces.

I had a map but I don't remember if I brought my own of they had them available (I'm writing this report months after finsihing the hike). It was mostly open land with some woods and I made it to the top pretty quickly. There were 2 other parties there, one was having a picnic off to the side and the other was having a picnic in the middle of the solstice stones. I spent 12 minutes at the top waiting forthem to move so I could get the pictures I wanted. Then I took off toward Boston Hill.

The trail was much more interesting. The land isn't vast enough to get into deep woods, but it was clear that I was a ways away from any civilization. The map for this was essential and I found the most useful thing to use the rock walls that crisscrossed the park as landmarks. There were also maps posted on the trail, not complete maps but ones that showed what was in the surrounding area. I stopped at elephant rock real quick on the way. Saying it looked like an elephant was a little generous. I see where it got it's name, but if it were unnamed i don't know if I would have said it looked like an elephant.

I continued onto Boston Hill which was unspectacular. There was a fenced in area but I think the high point was just outside the fence. There were also trees around so there wasn't a definitive "high point". I spent 30 seconds there and moved on toward Shrub Hill.

The trail to Shrub Hill was more of the same. The "top" was the least prominent top of any peak on the peakbagger site I've climbed. The trail kind of went up for a while, and then kind of went down. No views, in fact if someone just "showed up" there it mightn to be apparent to that person that that spot is the top of a hill.

I spent 46 seconds there and left and it was 16 minutes back to the car. I considered but decided against reclimbing Holt Hill from the backside since I already bagged it and it didn't look like it would be much different than what I had been doing for the last hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:125 ft / 38 m
    Total Elevation Loss:164 ft / 49 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:125 ft / 38 m
    Loss on way in:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Holt Hill  423 ft / 128 m
    Time:18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Holt Hill 2012

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Holt Hill2012-04-14293 ft / 89 m
2Boston Hill2012-04-14125 ft / 38 m
3Shrub Hill2012-04-14315 ft / 96 m
Total Trip Gain: 733 ft / 223 m    Total Trip Loss: 733 ft / 224 m

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