Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2006-08-20

Climber: G. Ringle

Date:Sunday, August 20, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

After approximately 20 hours of rain, I had cabin (or tent) fever so bad that I bought some good rain gear and began this hike in a downpour. I wanted to do a loop hike using Sunset Ridge and Laura Cowles Trail, but the ranger discouraged me from Laura Cowles. He said it would basically be a waterfall and too slick. Well, Sunset Ridge in many places was a waterfall and I did slip and fall, giving my tail bone a good whack.

I passed not a soul on the trail; one of the benefits of rainy hiking. As I neared the peak, the clouds broke and I was able to peer down into the valley. I could see Lake Champlain shimmering in the distance. This only lasted a minute, then it was a white out again. I am grateful for that glimpse, and want to return on a clear day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2700 ft / 822 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Sunset Ridge
    Trailhead:Underhill State Park  1693 ft / 516 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 15 Minutes

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