Ascent of Mendon Peak on 2014-09-26
|Date:||Friday, September 26, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3840 ft / 1170 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI ran up Killington Peak on the Bucklin Trail, and then descended from the summit a bit to the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail, which I followed toward Pico Peak. To reach Pico, I branched off on the Sherburne Pass Trail, heading toward the Pico Camp Shelter, and then took the Pico Peak spur trail the last few tenths of a mile to the summit. Then I backtracked toward Killington and a bit beyond, before going off the AT/LT and dropping downhill to connect with an old woods road (shown on topo map) which took me toward Mendon Peak. This old road traces along the edge of a ravine between the 3500 and 3600' levels, and it is in decent shape. The last half-mile of my ascent up Mendon mostly followed herd paths, coming up the east side. I won't even pretend that my ascent was a bushwhack.
The run back down from Mendon involved some route-finding, but it wasn't difficult. I followed the woods road along some switchbacks (again shown on topo map) toward Eddy Brook, making sure I kept heading north and downhill. Once I reached the brook, I followed the old road west toward Wheelerville Road. There were even a few large yellow signs confirming that this was the route back to Wheelerville Road. The route bends northbound in the last half mile or so, before joining Wheelerville Road right next to the Bucklin Trailhead, which was where I had started earlier in the day.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||840 ft / 256 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||840 ft / 256 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 240 ft / 73 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m|
| Loss on way in:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Route:||AT from Pico, then woods roads|
| Start Trailhead:||3600 ft / 1097 m|
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