Ascent of Hanging Hills in 2008-01

Climber: Benjamin Schak

Date:January, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hanging Hills
    Elevation:1022 ft / 311 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from a nearby residential street on the opposite side of I-691. Walked along the Merrimere Reservoir up to its north end. From here I intended to ascend along the Metacomet Trail, but missed the turnoff and ended up walking up along the road. First I went to the high point (the West Peak). Satisfied with that, I walked past the radio tower to a lookout. The view from the lookout was unlike anything I'd seen before: The skies were completely greyed out, so it felt like being at the end of the earth. I walked back along the roads to the Castle tower on the East Peak, and then back down along the Metacomet Trail to the North end of the reservoir. When I got to the bottom of the trail, I realized how I had missed the trail at the beginning of my hike -- the trail at that point crosses a small brook, which an earlier rainfall had turned into a raging stream. I gingerly crossed the stream and walked back down to my car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:822 ft / 250 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:822 ft / 250 m
    Route:Percival Park Dr.
    Start Trailhead:Vale Ave., Meriden, CT  200 ft / 60 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Metacomet Trail
    End Trailhead:Vale Ave., Meriden, CT  

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