Ascent of Mount Ascutney on 2013-10-31

Climber: Crystal Davis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ascutney
    Elevation:3130 ft / 954 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the Brownsville trail head and went up via the Brownsville Trail. It was a lovely hike thru conifers for much of the hike. The trail was well maintained, well marked with white blazes, and easy to follow. I wore hunter day-glow orange because it is hunting season. I was the only car in the parking lot at when I began and when I ended. I saw one other hiker - a middle-aged gentleman who was trail running it. He said he has done this mountain several times. He went up and down via the Windsor Trail. Despite the fact that there is an auto road that goes to the top, I didn't see anyone else at the summit. There was nothing that I found challenging on this hike even as I hiked it alone.

It rained on and off most of the day. I brought warm clothes and rain gear and was comfortable the whole day. I liked the quarry reamins on the way up. I explored there for a few minutes. There were a couple other look outs on the trail up, but I had no view due to being 100% walled in with clouds.

It was quite windy at the summit. The summit has an observation tower that was built from a decommissioned fire tower. It was very well built and had view maps of viewable mountains - which I'm sure is very helpful on a clear day! Way to go Vermont for reusing an old fire tower. They built the observation tower a short distance from where the fire tower originally stood because two large cell phone towers were built there on the true summit.

I decended via the Windsor Trail as I really enjoy ascending and decending via differnt routes. The Windsor Trail went through all deciduous trees and the trail was completely covered with leaves. At times it was tricky because the trail was also strewn with large rocks and the leaves covered holes between the rocks and I almost fell quite a few times. This slowed me down a bit, but not that much. On the way down I stopped for a few minutes at Gerry Falls. It was a nice, small waterfall on a brook that's coming down the mountain.

The Windsor Trail led me back down to VT-44A, 1.2 miles east southeast of the Brownsville trail head. I added this distance into the "distance down." The Windsor Trail itself is only ~2.8 miles, for a total back to my start point of 4.0 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2616 ft / 797 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2616 ft / 797 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
On and off light rain, low clouds making for zero view.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2616 ft / 797 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Brownsville Trail
    Start Trailhead:Brownsville trail head parking lot  514 ft / 156 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2616 ft / 797 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Windsor Trail
    End Trailhead:Brownsville trail head parking lot  514 ft / 156 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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