Hartsop Dodd is in fact a subsidiary top of Stony Cove Pike, appearing on its north ridge, but was listed separately by Wainwright in his guide to the Lakeland Fells. With an elevation of 618 m (2,028 ft) above sea level and a prominence of around 20 m (66 ft), it is also listed in its own right as a Nuttall. It stands just east of Brotherswater and to the south of the village of Hartsop, the only point from which this Dodd gives the appearance of being an independent fell. When viewed from other angles, it is evident it is an outlier of the higher Stony Cove Pike.
The summit is crossed by a stone wall which runs along the ridge and the highest point is marked by a timber post and a cairn. Many of the eastern and far eastern fells can be seen from the summit and as an additional bonus, deer can often be seen grazing in the valleys either side of the ridge. Views of Dovedale are particularly good.
Ascents to the summit of Hartsop Dodd are generally made either from the village of Hartsop along the ridge or via one of the several grooved paths carved into the western side of the ridge.