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Ascent of Cold Hollow Mountains High Point on 2015-08-22

Climber: Dave Huber

Others in Party:Ash
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cold Hollow Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3327 ft / 1014 m

Ascent Trip Report

Me and Ash. I initially parked in front of a large yellow gate and proceeded up a fine gravel logging road to a structure on the left. I was following Ben's report. After checking the GPS, I realized that there was another road that was closer to Rattling Brook. I believe this to be the road that Shannon's report describes. I walked back to the car and drove the 100 yards to the next pull off on Rte 109 that was west of the one where I just was. This also had a locked gate about 100 feet off of the road. I parked and started on an older logging road. After about 10 minutes,the logging road veers east. An older, overgrown logging road continues northwest, and this is the route that I took. This road petered out after 5 minutes and I began my real bushwhack toward the southern portion of the ridge. I crossed Rattling Brook about halfway between the logging road and the ridgeline. Shannon was right about sidehilling the entire way, at least until reaching the southern ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline, there is some evidence of logging activity with trees marked with blue and pink ribbons. Proceeding north along the ridgeline you will encounter open woods mixed with muddy/mossy bogs. Moose prints were everywhere and it was essentially a moose bathroom until reaching the register. There are several decent moosepaths that follow the ridgeline from the halfway point on the ridgeline to the register. There was also a sun-bleached moose femur propped up on a sapling about 3/4 of the way up the ridgeline in an open boggy area. Upon reaching what seemed to be a false summit, there is a small valley that is kind of cliffy on either side. After finding a good way down and up the other side of this tiny valley, the register is right in front of you. There are some views through the trees of Belvidere Mountain, but not much else unless you walk across the dome-like summit to the other side. There were 3 registers on the summit: 2 tied to the tree and 1 on the ground next to the tree. All were soaked. I took a 10 minute lunch break and returned the way I came. 5.66 miles. Up and down in 3hrs7min.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Beautiful and sunny and hot



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