Ascent of Mount Olga on 2013-11-02

Climber: Crystal Davis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Olga
    Elevation:2415 ft / 736 m

Ascent Trip Report

I stopped to do this hike on my way back home from a couple days in Brownsville, Vermont alone. It was a perfect little break from driving. Since it is past the parks operating season, the gate was locked and I parked on the side of the driveway out near VT-9. There were a few other cars parked there as well.

I hiked counter-clockwise and walked south in the park to the start of the trail. It said it was 0.7 miles to the fire tower. On the way up near a gathering of large boulders, I saw a porcupine. We had a nice little chat. He's the first porcupine I've ever seen and about the coolest wildlife I've seen while hiking.

The trail was very easy. Being in the full swing of fall, the trail was covered with fallen leaves, yet it was well traveled and easy to follow. The trail is also well marked with blue blazes.

I was at the fire tower in under an hour. From the tower the view is quite lovely. Although it was completely overcast, I could see for quite a distance. I'm sure it is very beautiful on a clear day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:585 ft / 179 m
    Elevation Loss:585 ft / 179 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:585 ft / 179 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Trail at the back / south end of the park
    Trailhead:Molly Stark State Park gate on VT-9  1830 ft / 557 m
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:585 ft / 179 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Counter-clockwise loop. Ended on trail closer to g
    Trailhead:Molly Stark State Park gate on VT-9  1830 ft / 557 m
    Time Down:25 Minutes

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