Ascent of Hanging Hills in 2008-01
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1022 ft / 311 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted 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|
| Gain on way in:||822 ft / 250 m|
| Route:||Percival Park Dr.|
| Start Trailhead:||Vale Ave., Meriden, CT 200 ft / 60 m|
| Route:||Metacomet Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Vale Ave., Meriden, CT |
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