Ascent of Great Blue Hill on 2015-10-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Great Blue Hill
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my parking space off MA 138, I headed up the Red Loop to the summit, about 0.7 mile away. It was well-traveled, but had some steep and rough sections that reminded me of the White Mountains. On the summit area was the Eliot Observation Tower, which had a view toward Boston and Wolcott, Hancock, and Hemenway Hills. A short distance south was the weather observatory. Wanting a bit more, I took the North Skyline Trail to Wolcott Hill, which had some steep and rough parts as well. The true summit was a bit off-trail. Once I was content, I took a connector path to a dirt road called the Wildcat Notch Path, then re-climbed Great Blue Hill and went back down the Red Loop to the Summit Rd, then took that back to the highway.

Good day in some new territory, and it was nice seeing people and families getting out and hitting the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:800 ft / 242 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:600 ft / 182 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 400 ft / 122 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Red Loop, N. Skyline Trail
    Start Trailhead:MA 138  240 ft / 73 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Various trails, N. Skyline, Red Loop, summit road
    End Trailhead:MA 138  
Ascent Part of Trip: Blue Hills

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Great Blue Hill2015-10-04800 ft / 244 m
2Wolcott Hill2015-10-04 
Total Trip Gain: 800 ft / 244 m    Total Trip Loss: 400 ft / 122 m

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