Ascent of Burley Hill on 2016-07-19

Climber: Jimmy Bielli

Date:Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burley Hill
    Elevation:1316 ft / 401 m

Ascent Trip Report

Connecticut goes green! My first state completed!

Previous trip reports seemed all over on this one so wasn't really sure what to expect. What I got was a very nice woman at the big white house at the end of the public section of Sears Rd, who readily granted permission for me to hike up the hill. She explained that the sign at bottom threatening to shoot trespassers was in fact a relic left from a past resident of that house who actually did have a habit of shooting at trespassers, but that he died almost 20 years ago. Apparently she was somehow related to him and had to make a point of it to go see him every so often so that he'd recognize her and know not to shoot!

Anyway... as others did, walked up the dirt road to the "ower" sign and took a right towards the "ower". At the fenced in area, there is a faint trail going off to the right along the fenceline, I recommend taking this as less bushwhacking is involved than if you take the more well-defined straight track down the other side of the hill. After a little while, the track to the right opens up into the upper sections of the fields associated with the big white house you start at. From the southeast corner of the field, continue straight along the ATV trail up the hill and into the woods. It's actually pretty smooth walking until the last 200ish feet, which is an absolute bushwhack and has an appalling amount of underbrush and very large, angry wild raspberry plants. It's nearly impossible to move through this stuff and I wished I'd brought my machete for this section. As it was, I was glad to have my pricker-buster pants with me, but wished I'd had a shirt made of the same stuff since I still ended up getting pretty scratched up. I usually like doing hikes involving a lot of prickers with some snow on the ground, but the plants here are so large I don't even think it would make much difference... in fact a covering of deeper snow might actually make navigating some of the underbrush worse.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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