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Ascent of Fay Mountain on 2015-02-01

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, February 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fay Mountain
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:699 ft / 213 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to the access road, which starts on Isaac Miller Road, just east of Adams Street. However, in addition to two "beware of dog" signs, there was also a "no trespassing" sign at the start of the gated access road. Rather than knocking on doors, I looked for other approaches. I went north a bit on Adams Street, and after passing by a few houses I noticed a promising entry point. There was a wide path leading to a clearing, with tracks in the snow heading toward Fay Mountain, and no signage saying to keep out. I had to park a quarter-mile north of that point, on Mountain View Drive, because the deep snowbanks on Isaac Miller Road and Adams Street made parking impossible.

From parking, I followed Adams Street south to the entry point, and proceeded through a meadow along existing tracks generally east-southeast. I was wishing I had my snowshoes in some of the drifted spots, but I didn't think I'd be doing any real hiking today while visiting this hill and two other locally-prominent suburban summits. Lesson learned. I continued through some woods along a fenceline (scaring away a half-dozen deer), and then through another meadow. I went through woods again for the final push to the fenced-in towers at the top.

Nice view looking west from the large meadow which is just north of the summit. The topo map says "Lookout Tower", although there is no longer a fire tower on Fay Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:159 ft / 48 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:159 ft / 48 m
    Start Trailhead:540 ft / 164 m
Descent Statistics



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