Ascent of Mount Mansfield-The Nose on 2015-07-05

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Sunday, July 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield-The Nose
    Elevation:4020 ft / 1225 m

Ascent Trip Report

July 5, 2015
Mt. Mansfield - Nose
Mostly Cloudy, low 70’s
Although Mansfield is in our backyard I have never stood on the “Nose”, we’ve been around it many times but with all the communication stuff on the summit, it looked more like a place we didn’t need to be. But today is different, decided to head up via Frost – Maple – Wampahoofus to the Forehead and then head north on the LT to the Nose.
There are some very nice open spots where you get great views into the valley. There are also some very tricky spots where hands are needed on open rock – could be very difficult in wet or icy conditions.
3:30 pm
Got to the junction of the Wampahoofus trail. You can pretty much see the open ridge that leads up to the forehead. It is a great afternoon for a hike.
3:40 pm
Reached the forehead – you can see over to the Nose, that from here looks lower – but the map says the nose is at a higher elevation.
3:55 pm.
Reached the Nose, it was a lot easier than I had expected. Since there is so much communication stuff on this peak I was expecting fences and gates – but just follow the road that you pop out on when following the Long Trail. A short way up the road there is a tiny sign that reads “Area Closed” – but I figgered “closed to what?” and continued on. The road ends just shy of the Nose summit and you can still see the old trail and the faded blue blazes. It was very peaceful here as most people skip this peak. Looking North and to the East has great views – to the South all the antennas obstruct any views.
4:05 pm
Headed back down – I will head south on the LT and then to Butler lodge and the Butler trail back to the car at Stevensville road.
4:55 pm
Reached Butler lodge. The LT off the forehead has some very tricky sections. Ran into a family of 4 and their dog as they tried to cross some rocky parts that are open and you sort of ‘slide’ between rocks to get down. That must have been difficult to get the dog down!
5:40 pm
Back at the car. This was a much more exciting hike than I had expected. The upper part of maple ridge certainly had some challenging areas and summit of the Nose was very peaceful and some nice views today.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Frost, Maple Ridge, LT, Butler Lodge Trails
    Start Trailhead:Stevensville Rd  4020 ft / 1225 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: MansfieldForeheadNose

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mansfield-The Forehead2015-07-05 a3000 ft / 914 m
2Mount Mansfield-The Nose2015-07-05 b0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 3000 ft / 914 m

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