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Prospect Hill
Waltham, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Heading up one of the old ski trails to the Prospect Hill summit

Since I was in the area for the day and the weather was great, I decided to take a quick hike up Prospect Hill in Waltham.

After walking through some sort of cookout party thing in the base area, I arrived at the bottom of the old ski area.

The initial ascent was direct and moderately steep, via a single file path up the growing in old slope. At the top of this slope, the tree growth increases and the pitch decreases. Soon, I was walking past the two water tanks and up a paved road to the summit.

While I had read there were excellent views of Boston from the top of Prospect Hill, this wasn't quite accurate - the views are on a smaller peak just north of it (not enough time to go to it). Nonetheless, there were nice views to the northwest from a pavillion near the summit.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Prospect Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: July 21, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:45 PM
Parking Elevation: 125'
Destination: Prospect Hill
Ascent Commenced: 4:47 PM
Summit Reached: 4:59 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:12
Trailhead Elevation: 135'
Summit Elevation: 478'
Vertical Gain: 348'
Hike Ended: 5:16 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 398'

Looking up the old main ski slope at Prospect Hill

Looking northwest at the Cambridge Reservoir

Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 95 to Exit 27. Take Totten Pond Road east. The old ski area parking lot is shortly down the road on the right with a Prospect Hill sign. The old ski trails are at the end of the driveway.

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