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Ascent of South Mountain on 2015-05-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:2325 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came to this peak to check off another peak on my PB List, "Northeastern Wilderness High Points", it entails an easy/moderate road and bushwack from the east side ...... 5.4 miles, 925' ascent, 3:05 hours RT.

Driving Directions.
From the Junction of Hwy #7/#17, north of Middlebury, we drove east on #17 for 6.9 miles to a right on Lincoln Road (just after the bridge), 1.75 miles east turned right on York Hill Road in West Lincoln, 1.75 miles south the road turns left, on the right is the Parking for "Bristol Cliffs Wilderness, Green Mountain National Forest". The kiosk tells us that this forest does not have maintained trails.
We parked here, this was my TH.
All of the distances I provide are estimates.

From the TH I walked (north) back down the road for 150 yards to a woods road on the left (between 2 driveways). This road is gated with one sign "No Parking". I did not see any Posted Signs on my route.
I walked this road as it descends slightly to a stream then winds/climbs generally west to its crest with a bit of a clearing at 1.8 miles, elev 2030'. This was the start of my bushwack (44.10332-73.03411), outside the National Forest Wilderness Area.

I followed/bushwacked a west-magnetic compass line to the summit at .9 miles. At .3 miles arrived at a corner of the National Forest Wilderness, the Boundary Line is red blazed and easy too see. At this corner is an orange Survey Marker Post and the BM "6-509H/2-628", GPS 44.10156,-73.03907.

The deciduous woods are open with little undergrowth, and the going was easy/moderate, especially this time of the year. There are a few minor up and downs, and the forest-floor has grass/moss-covered-rock but not bad. The worst part of the wack is in the first .3 miles.

As I neared the summit area I just looked-for/followed my nose to higher ground to the obvious HP at 44.09944,-73.04973.

I backtracked/descended to the TH non-stop in 60 minutes. This ends our 3 day trip to Vermont, on the way home we stopped at Burlington to do some shopping.

"IN THE MOUNTAINS THE SHORTEST WAY IS FROM PEAK TO PEAK ..... BUT FOR THAT YOU MUST HAVE LONG LEGS."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:990 ft / 301 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:road/wack wb from york hill road
    Trailhead:Wilderness parking on York Hill Road  1435 ft / 437 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:60 Minutes



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