Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#50 Mt. Mansfield, VT (State Highpoint #6) August 2008

#50 Mt. Mansfield, VT (4,393') via Long Trail. (State High Point #6) August 2008  

Mileage: 4.6 miles RT

Elevation gain: 2800'

Trailhead: The entrance to the Long trail up to Mt. Mansfield is off Route 108 in Stowe.

Lesson learned: When Charlotte says she isn't sure she brought her hiking boots, stop the car and check!

I hiked this peak with the Mountain Mommas and the Mommas' Crew, our third annual MM hiking weekend.

Several weeks prior to this event we all piled into cars for a "State Highpointing Hat Trick," which took us to the high points of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts within 43 hours.  Summitting Mt. Mansfield would complete our New England state highpoints. 

We hiked on a portion of Vermont’s famous Long Trail.  Norm's friend Barb hiked with us (she also hiked Mt. Graylock, Massachusett's highpoint, during our Hat Trick weekend).

The group stayed at a B&B in Stowe, Vermont, a nice place with a hot tub but unfortunately not hot showers.  Marie and David had upgraded to a suite with lots of room, a kitchen and storage cubbies.  We gathered there for socializing.

On the day of the hike the weather was perfect: blue skies and warm temps.    The trailhead was about 35 minutes from the B&B and halfway there, Charlotte announced that she
 was not sure she had her hiking boots with her.  Rich was driving and I suggested he stop so we could look. He did not think it was necessary to stop and of course, we got the the trailhead and her boots were not in the car (had he stopped when we were just heading out it things would have been much easier!).
So back we went to try to find Charlotte's boots. Half of the group stayed and started their hike (we had been running late before we realized we had to go back and look for the boots).  

We got back to the B&B and after 10 minutes of frantic looking, found Charlotte's boots in a cubbie in Marie and David's suite. Marie and David were already up on the trail.  So glad we brought their room key with us!

When we were finally back at the trailhead, we quickly made up for lost time and caught up with our group.  The trail was moderate with good footing to start but it soon became challenging. There was a chimney to climb and a good amount of rock slab to negotiate. 
David climbing the chimney.
Once at the summit, the views were spectacular, but the bugs were ferocious.  We stayed there for a photo and until we could stand it no longer and headed down the trail to the car.

The Mountain Mommas and the MM Crew for a photo on top of Mt. Mansfield.
The trip down was uneventful and the group looked forward to floating in the outdoor hot tub and a good dinner.

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