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Ascent of Mendon Peak on 2016-09-24

Climber: Mary Ruth Merkel

Date:Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mendon Peak
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today I hiked Pico, Killington, S. Killington & Mendon with Hudson Valley Hikers. It was a nice cool day with amazing views! We started from Route 4 at the old AT trailhead and followed the blue markers. There was a turn off for the trail to Pico. The peak has amazing views and is pretty open because of the ski resort. We headed back down and followed the trail to the main AT for our ascent to Killington. The trails are easy to follow and not that complicated of a hike. The final push for Killington was steep but manageable with amazing views (a little crowded). The restaurant, which claims to be open daily, was closed to get ready for a wedding at the peak.

After heading back down to where the shelter is we had some lunch then proceeded to S. Killington. We followed the AT and turned off for a bushwack up to the viewless peak. Although there wasn't a herd path, it was fairly easy going for a bushwack.

The real fun came when we headed to Mendon. There was a lot of blow down and tons of animal scat (Moose?) and also very thick. We avoided the ledges but we had a very thick bushwack through pine trees until we finally found a herd path which took us to the peak. We followed the herd path to what looked like a 4 wheeler Rd until that came to a stream. We followed the stream down (steep descent) to the main stream which we followed to another old logging road type of trail. This led us to the parking lot at Wheelerville Rd where we spotted cars.

This was a very long day and was about 15 miles with close to 4,200' of (MapMyHike wasn't working so this is an estimate from steps and flights tracked).

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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