Nantucket County High Point Trip Report

2 areas on Sankaty Head, one with spot elevation 111 (110+ ft)

Date: October 12, 2000
Author: Michael Schwartz

In order to do both Dukes and Nantucket the same day, I took the fast ferry (40 mph!) to Nantucket. This has the dual advantage of shortening the trip from 2:15 to 1:00, plus the first fast ferry leaves at 6:00 AM, 1 1/2 hours before the first slow ferry. Downside is that the fast round trip costs $42, while the slow round trip is $25.

Once on Nantucket, I opted to take a taxi to Sankaty Head, again to save time. This was another $38 round trip. The driver was amused by my quest, so he waited for me while I took my pictures, without charging me extra. I agree with Fred Lobdell that the highest ground is on the bluff behind the last few houses before the light. Many, if not most of the houses, are unoccupied a lot of the time, and if you don't show up on a summer weekend, a quick foray into a backyard to the highest ground might be doable. I was back in Nantucket Town by 8:15 AM, leaving time for breakfast and a walk around the delightful, quaint, cobbled street, downtown area. Recovering my car back in Hyannis, cost another $10, for parking in the Steamship Authority lot.