Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2020-10-12

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Jason
Date:Monday, October 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

I asked Jason to hike today since Katrina was busy. We had talked about hiking for a while, but this was our first time actually making it happen. We parked at the very busy parking lot at Underhill State Park at 1:30pm. It was $4 per person. Then we began hiking up Eagle's Cut and turned right at the kiosk at the old end of the road. After a short distance on the CCC Road, we turned up the Halfway House Trail. Jason says this is his favorite approach route. Indeed, the trail was to the point and required a small amount of hand work in steep rocky spots. We only saw a couple people on the Halfway House Trail, but once we got on the ridge, there were many groups traversing and sightseeing. Was there a tour bus on the toll road? It was rather windy on the exposed parts of the ridge, but the fall colors weren't worth missing. I had a hat and windbreaker and was not worried about getting too cold. I made a point to summit the Upper and Lower Lips on this hike; short trip reports for them can be found separately. During the final 50 feet of vert the wind really picked up and it was only comfortable to look one way at the top. Surprisingly, the wind was ripping out of the southeast, so the normal sheltered hang out spots just east of the summit were no good.

After a full three minutes, we headed down, opting for the Sunset Ridge Trail. Jason said he was going slow because of a bum ankle, but we went much faster than my last time down this trail. We some people coming up still at 4pm. One with a walking stick and a baby on her back. Interesting choice on such a rough and slippery trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2728 ft / 830 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2728 ft / 831 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2528 ft / 770 m
    Route:Eagle's Cut - CCC Road - Halfway House - Long Trai
    Start Trailhead:Underhill State Park  1865 ft / 568 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2728 ft / 831 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2528 ft / 770 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Long Trail - Sunset Ridge - Eagle's Cut
    End Trailhead:Underhill State Park  1865 ft / 568 m
    Time:1 Hours 21 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: JasonMansfield

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mansfield-Upper Lip2020-10-12 a 
2Mount Mansfield-Lower Lip2020-10-12 b40 ft / 12 m
3Mount Mansfield2020-10-12 c2728 ft / 831 m
Total Trip Gain: 2768 ft / 843 m    Total Trip Loss: 2768 ft / 843 m

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