Ascent of Adams Mountain on 2009-05-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Adams Mountain
    Elevation:3214 ft / 979 m

Ascent Trip Report


This is the second time that I have come to climb the remaining 3 bushwacks (Adams, Butterfield, Signal) in my quest to complete "Vermont County High Points/Prominence Peaks"......the first time I had to abort because I left behind some essential gear (see my TR for Eagle Mountain dated 2009-05-13).

ADAMS MOUNTAIN is a bushwack, the high point is at the North end of the ridge, it is heavily wooded with only partial views thru the trees towards the South..... the SOUTHWEST PEAK is sparsily wooded with no views to speak of. Both summits can be easily visited on the same trip, however there are no rewards and therefore it is not recommended.....unless of course you are after "Vermont County High Points/Prominence Peaks".

The West face of Adams Ridge has 3 main drainage streams running parallel down the mountain, they all dump into the Mad River which flows North on the West side of Rte #100. The two parallel South drainage streams meet up at the bottom before arriving and crossing Rte #100 in a culvert. This culvert is the TH for the bushwack described in this report. The line of ascent, given below, climbs between these two South streams and is aimed directly to the ridge's col (just North of the Southwest Peak).

From I89/exit 10, West of Montpelier, travel 18 miles South on Rte #100 to Warren's North entrance (junction Rte #100/Main street). Continue South on Rte #100 passing a picnic area on the right to Plunkton road (5.53 mi) on the left, just before Rte #100 curves to the right. Arrive at a parking area on the right past the curve (5.78 mi), park here. The TH is about 150 feet back up the road, where the drainage stream crosses under Rte #100 in a culvert (as noted above) and dumps into the Mad River.......Prior to arriving at Plunkton road the West face of Adams is straight ahead of you.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSHWACK (4 hour round trip).
From the TH your line of ascent is a 137 degreee compass reading to the col just left of the Southwest Peak. Cross the road on the flat staying to the right of the stream and climb a steep embankment. After a short distance arrive at the confluence of the two South drainage streams, make your way to between the streams and follow your line of ascent (137 deg).
The climb is moderate with short steep sections. The deciduous forest, all the way to the ridge, is fairly open, you'll have to fight thru some dense underbrush sections, no ledges or rock outcrops to negotiate. Always follow the path of least resistance. Stay left as there is a lot of latitude. I used a peak on the range behind/across the valley and Rte #100 (at times visible thru the trees) as a reference point for my line of ascent.
The col is very open and easy, evergreens with a lot of dead deciduous trees. I turned left (Northeast) staying on the ridge as I made my way up the ridge to the High Point, without the use of the compass. I encountered numerous rock outcrops or false summits that I had to skirt around or climb over as I got higher, at times the evergreen vegetation was very dense, numerous animal tracks along the whole length of the ridge made the going much easier. This was the toughest part of the bushwack.
THE SUMMIT is a partly bare rock outcrop, heavily wooded with very limited South views thru the trees.
I back tracked to the col and continued-on for a short easy walk-up to the SOUTHWEST PEAK.......a flat open summit, again wooded with limited views thru the trees....... I returned to the col and followed the line of ascent back down to the TH.
Overall this was an average moderate bushwack with only a few short tough sections.....not at all difficult. I had one minor slip on the way down, scratched my left arm.

The plan for tonight is to find a campground at the South end of GROTON STATE FOREST, tomorrow the goal will be BUTTERFIELD AND SIGNAL.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1834 ft / 559 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:bushwack from west side,rte #100, S of Warren
    Trailhead:5.78 mi S of Warren on rte #100  1380 ft / 420 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Part of Trip: 2009-Adams

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Adams Mountain2009-05-19 a1834 ft / 559 m
2Adams Mountain-Southwest Peak2009-05-19 b46 ft / 14 m
Total Trip Gain: 1880 ft / 573 m    Total Trip Loss: 1880 ft / 573 m

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