Ascent of Cold Hollow Mountains High Point on 2018-06-03

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cold Hollow Mountains High Point
    Elevation:3327 ft / 1014 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had planned three ascents in northern Vermont for that day. I prepared my gear hastily the night before and woke up around 06:00 for an early start. I was on the road around 06:20 heading south on HWY 245. I reached the border in Mansonville at 07:00, crossed with no issue, and followed RTE 105/101 west in North Troy. I took a right on RTE 242 and stopped for gas in Jay before continuing and going through the notch south of Jay Peak. In Montgomery Center, I followed RTE 118 and turned left on RTE 109, west of Eden. A few kilometers later I reached my trailhead at the gated forest road in the sharp left bend past Rattling Brook.

After parking as out of the way as I could from both the forest road and the ATV ruts coming down from the embankment, I crossed geared up and crossed the gate. The trail started ascending steadily immediately at a moderate slope. I went through a few patches of open ground before the trail bent right, following the contours, engulfed by the forest. The air was cool, making for a very pleasant hike. This went on for a while and, after a series of bends following the valley, the road crossed over a slight ridge. I looked at the map and saw I approached where I had planned to start the bushwhack.

At a very sharp right bend, I crossed the ditch and started climbing in the forest. It was relatively steep but the woods were very sparse. It was not a difficult bushwhack and the footing was great. I then reached a regrown logging patch where I struggled to find an easy way across. I ended up just roughing it through the raspberry bushes. On the other side, the easy ascent resumed, although steeper than earlier. When I started seeing the sky through the trees, I angled right, soon following the ridge. It was still surprisingly easy, the forest even sparser than on the slopes.

The only hurdle was a deep rocky gap through which I had to pass. From there it was a little bit more involved as there was a lot of blowdown. I moved towards the summit and spotted the canister on a tree. I signed the logbook, marked the spot, and started downhill. I had to skirt the rocky gap to find a suitable way down as the northern side is sharper, but I was soon on the easy ridge again. When I was close to where I had veered north on the uphill, I tried to follow the natural fall line. I didn't try to follow my uphll path but ran roughly parallel to it.

When I reached the logging area, I was happy to find out my path missed the open patch and I kept going in a relatively easy forest along an old trail. Then I spotted the road on my left, hopping down across the ditch and onto it. From there it was a trivial road hike back to the trailhead where I took the road west towards my second goal, Gilson Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2195 ft / 668 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2195 ft / 668 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2162 ft / 658 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2129 ft / 649 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Forest trails, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Gated trail at bend on HWY 109  1198 ft / 365 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2162 ft / 658 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2129 ft / 649 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m
    Gain on way out:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Forest trails, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Gated trail at bend on HWY 109  1198 ft / 365 m
    Time:53 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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