Ascent of Holt Hill on 2014-02-24

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, February 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Holt Hill
    Elevation:423 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

I finally decided on 2/24/2014 that I was going to bag the Essex County highpoint, and I arrived at the Prospect Rd. parking area early in the morning to do just that.

I took a yellow-blazed trail called "Rachel's Trail" to the top. It was very easy, although the snow was very slick, almost like ice. I figured it wouldn't be too good for my snowshoes, so I took them off and barebooted most of the way.

Near the top, I crossed a large field, which was so reflective because of the snow that I had to face down to prevent snowblindness. When I got to the top, there was a good view of Boston and a fire tower, although the latter was closed and marked with "No Trespassing" signs. I stuck around for a few minutes and then headed back down the yellow-blazed trail for a short distance, eventually varying my route and taking the shortcut trail and a service road back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Rachel's Trail
    Start Trailhead:Prospect Rd.  273 ft / 83 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Rachel's Trail, shortcut path, service road
    End Trailhead:Prospect Rd.  

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