Ascent of Blood Hill on 2014-05-14

Climber: Steve Blanchette

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blood Hill
    Elevation:1516 ft / 462 m

Ascent Trip Report

After traveling to my company’s production facilities in Worcester I took the afternoon off to bag the county high point and prominence peaks for two Massachusetts counties on my way back to NH. I was to hike Wachusett Mtn (Worcester CoHP & CoPP), Blood Hill (Middlesex CoPP), and Nutting Hill – Northeast Slope (Middlesex CoHP). While there I would also bag Nutting Hill. A big thank you to David Darby’s helpful GPS tracks on these somewhat obscure hikes and Ben Lostracco’s great descriptions!

Blood Hill: Luke Road looks like the driveway to a farm but luckily there is a large sign mentioning that the parking lot for Blood Hill is at the end of the road and that it is public conservation land (otherwise I would have been tentative to drive down). At the end of the short road is the dirt lot right next to a barn and you still feel like you are trespassing. The trail starts as a wide wagon trail following along a rock wall. You feel like you are going around the hill and not up it when you get to a 90 degree left turn onto a single track hiking trail that goes up the hill to the summit. I was expecting a covered summit but there is a rocky outcrop at the summit offering some views to the East. There was a fire pit and beer cans at the summit and some lewd graffiti but was still nice to get a surprising reward of a view. Took same route back and actually jogged the flatter portion towards the end as I approached my car. On to Nutting Hill!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:516 ft / 157 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Blood Hill Trail
    Trailhead:End of Luke Road (dirt lot)  1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: MA CoHP May14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wachusett Mountain2014-05-14 a617 ft / 188 m
2Blood Hill2014-05-14 b516 ft / 157 m
3Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope2014-05-14 c364 ft / 111 m
4Nutting Hill2014-05-14 d84 ft / 26 m
Total Trip Gain: 1581 ft / 482 m    Total Trip Loss: 1581 ft / 482 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Steve Blanchette
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