Ascent of Beacon Pole Hill on 2015-08-29

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beacon Pole Hill
    Location:USA-Rhode Island
    Elevation:550 ft / 167 m

Ascent Trip Report

LIDAR analysis has identified the highpoint of Beacon Pole Hill at N41.99519 W71.45166 at a rock outcrop less than 100 feet east of house number 233 on Tower Hill Road. This point is seven feet higher than the BM located to the east. Armed with this info, I drove to the point on the road nearest to the hp (GPS said 343 feet distant), and parked facing westbound, maybe 75 feet west in a good, safe pullout. I bushwhacked straight up the hill toward the rocks, but found myself on the outcrops just SSW of house 233, so I aimed NE and got onto the correct rock patch, where the highest ground is very obvious, at a point less than 100 feet east of the house and partially in view of same. A single watermelon-sized rock sits on the hp, and may either be natural or a single-rock cairn. A better route, which I used for the descent: Park at a pullout about 100 feet west of the driveway to house 227. Hike uphill from there in a shallow depression, directly to the summit rock patch. House 227 is never in view, and house 233 only comes into view once you are within feet of the summit. For the record, no one was around at house 233.
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