Ascent of Cold Hollow Mountains High Point on 2009-04-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cold Hollow Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3327 ft / 1014 m

Ascent Trip Report

The dome-like summit of Cold Hollow Mountains High Point, Lamoille County's prominence peak, is wooded with a lot of blowdown. It offers no views and therefore not recommended unless of course you are after Vermont's County prominence peaks. A register in a glass-jar canister is tied to a tree.
There is no trail to the summit, I did a bushwack from the East side of the mountain starting at Rattling brook.

The access trail, on private land, starts on a very good fine-stone logging road that winds and climbs generally North-East to the East side of the mountain where it parallels Rattling Brook. Here you start a moderate to steep bushwack to the summit.
The TH is at the start of a Logging road on the North side of rte #109, 1.93 miles north of the Town Clerk Office in Belvidere Center (which is 11 miles North of Jeffersonville). This logging road is private with a locked cable gate, there is no parking space so ensure that you don't block traffic. There is an industrial building a short distance up the road. Elevation at rte #109 is approx 1230 feet.

DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAIL (4 1/2 hour round trip)
Hike up the road as it winds and climbs its way, generally in a North-East direction, to the Rattling Brook valley. Here the road meets and parallels the Brook staying on the its East side well above the Brook. The Cold Hollow Mountain range and its High Point are in plain view to the left (west).
At about 2000 feet elevation and 2.2 miles from the TH, you will get a 291 degree compass reading to the visible High Point. This is your line of ascent, a peak behind you (to the East) is on approx the same line and therefore an excellent reference point as you climb - you wont be taking too many compass readings.
Start your bushwack (about 1 mile long) by descending West to Rattling Brook and find a safe crossing , in high water this could be a problem. Once across, follow your compass line thru an open deciduous forest floor on the lower slopes of the mountain. The ascent is moderate with a few short steep sections, no dense woods to speak of.
As you climb higher the deciduous forest gives way to evergreen, overall not difficult however there are a number of very dense and steep short sections to fight thru. To compound the problem I encountered deep patches of snow.
Very little blowdown on the lower slopes, not the case on the dome-like summit, however not too difficult. You may have to do some scrambling to find the High Point and its canister with the register.
As you near the summit stay right as much as necessary in order to avoid cliffs on the left side (be especially aware of this on the descent). Lot of Moose droppings, tons of it on the higher elevations, didn't see any wildlife.
Return the same way.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2097 ft / 639 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:from rte 109,logging road/bushwack up east side
    Trailhead:belvidere center, rte #109  1230 ft / 374 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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