Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2017-08-27

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, August 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mansfield
    Elevation:4393 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

#4/5 in Vermont. I ascended via the Haselton Trail, which starts at the ski area and ascends in the forest between ski trails. The first section of forest actually feels secluded. It contains such interesting features as a mini knife edge in the forest, a pass below a zip-line, and 20+ small brook crossings in quick succession. The top section is on a ski trail, which is surprisingly the most scenic part, since there are many wildflowers and excellent views. The trail ends at a lot on the toll road. I crossed to the far side and headed out on Southlink, which I was initially unsure was the right ways to go, but I wanted to avoid hiking on the road. This trail had much up and down. I followed it to a connector to the Long Trail, which I took past the Nose, avoiding what is clearly the 6th 4000-footer in Vermont. Unfortunately, it is closed to the public due to radioactive cell towers! The Long Trail follows the Nose access road down to the visitor center, which I did not go in because of massive crowds. The ridge walk on the Long Trail was very beautiful, but the crowds detracted from the scenery. This is the equivalent of the Franconia Ridge in Vermont, except with road access. Views of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain were excellent today. Some sections on the ridge were quite bouldery and interesting. The summit was quite crowded as well, but I found a spot to myself. I enjoyed the views down the ridge to the Green Mountains and straight below into the cliffy Smuggler's Notch. I descended on the Long Trail to the north, which was a crazy route that was not very good for descent. There were rock scrambles unsettlingly close to the edge and at least one long chimney. It was a quick drop to the base of the cliffs though. I decided to visit the Adam's Apple, where I found much greater solitude as well as an incredible view of the cliff I had just descended. The Long Trail beyond here was a nice choice for descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3203 ft / 975 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3203 ft / 976 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3103 ft / 945 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2853 ft / 869 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Haselton Tr/Southlink/Long Tr
    Start Trailhead:Stowe Ski Area Base  1540 ft / 469 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2953 ft / 900 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2853 ft / 869 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Long Tr
    End Trailhead:Stowe Ski Area Base  1540 ft / 469 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt. Mansfield

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mansfield-Upper Lip2017-08-27 a 
2Mount Mansfield-Lower Lip2017-08-27 b 
3Mount Mansfield2017-08-27 c3203 ft / 976 m
4Mount Mansfield-Adams Apple2017-08-27 d 
Total Trip Gain: 3203 ft / 976 m    Total Trip Loss: 3203 ft / 976 m

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