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Ascent of Madonna Peak on 2012-06-30

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Madonna Peak
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3640 ft / 1109 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice hike from Smuggler's Notch to Whiteface Mountain along the Long Trail in Vermont. Went up via Sterling Pond first, which would be a nice destination in it's own right for a short hike. Next on to Madonna Peak which was by far my favorite summit of the day, at the top of Smuggler's Notch ski resort. Superb views in all directions; interesting angle of Mount Mansfield. Met some nice people as we snacked a bit. I was happy to make it to Whiteface, the summit was quite disappointing after Madonna Peak, though from the lean-to down below there was a nice view back to Madonna. On the whole, very enjoyable and actually quite challenging hike. Camped in Smuggler's Notch State Park.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3345 ft / 1019 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3345 ft / 1018 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2426 ft / 739 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1475 ft / 450 m; Extra: 951 ft / 289m
    Loss on way in:951 ft / 289 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Sterling Pond Trail / LT
    Start Trailhead:Smuggler's Notch  2165 ft / 659 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2394 ft / 729 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1475 ft / 450 m; Extra: 919 ft / 280m
    Gain on way out:919 ft / 280 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Sterling Pond Trail / LT
    End Trailhead:Smuggler's Notch  2165 ft / 659 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Smuggler's - Whiteface

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Madonna Peak2012-06-303345 ft / 1020 m
2Morse Mountain2012-06-30 
3Sterling Mountain2012-06-30 
Total Trip Gain: 3345 ft / 1020 m    Total Trip Loss: 3345 ft / 1020 m



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