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Ascent of Butterfield Mountain on 2017-10-08

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Sunday, October 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butterfield Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3167 ft / 965 m

Ascent Trip Report

My GF and I were planning on fitting Butterfield/Signal in during an afternoon break between lunch with family at the Peacham Cafe and dinner plans in Burlington, but between the bushwhack up Butterfield being pretty wet and our window of opportunity being pretty slim, we only managed to make it to the top of Butterfield and resolved to return in the winter to bag Signal.

There are a few good trip reports that will get you up there, but I figured I'd summarize the approach. You start on 302 between Barre and wherever else 302 ends up and make your way up some VAST snowmobile trails towards the saddle between Butterfield Mountain (to the south) and Signal Mountain (to the north). You then bushwhack about 3/4 of mile to one summit, return to the saddle and then bushwhack about 3/4 of a mile to the other summit before heading home via the VAST trails.

The trails show up on Google maps and are in ridiculously good condition (in the summer!) if you'd like cut off some mileage, but let's be honest, reducing this hike to a sub 3 mile bushwhack kinda makes it a lot less fun. We did not take this option, instead parking at the ridiculously large parking area on 302 and walking our way in. We decided not to follow the road all the way to the saddle and picked a nice ridge on the north side of Butterfield to begin our bushwhack. There were some herd paths and evidence of some large animal activity in the area, but the foliage was still pretty dense and we didn't manage to see anything out there. Once we were on the Butterfield summit, we decided that heading over to Signal would take too much time before our evening plans and descended down the eastern ridge back to the VAST trail.

We ended up doing just about 7 miles RT with about 1600 feet of gain in a leisurely 3 hours.
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