May 19, 2016

Mount Mansfield

Last Jaunt in Vermont

By Sjboatwright In On the Trail, Vermont

Peak: Mount Mansfield
Distance : ~6 miles R.T.

Coming to the end of a journey is always bittersweet.  I want to tick off all the mountains on my bucket list, but Lord knows I love having a goal to chase.

Mount Mansfield was the final mountain of the Vermont high peaks that I had yet to summit.  I’m sad to say that there’s not much to say about the hike.  It was cold.  It was wet.  It was short.  The hike starts on a road that is open to motorists for most of the year, but the stubborn spring ice left the road a frozen mess.

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After about 100 slips and spills on the road I made it to the water/icefall of a trail.  It’s a short hike to the summit via the Long Trail, less than three miles actually, but wow was I miserable in the rain/snow.  With no views at the top and nothing unusual to report, this was not an ideal way to finish up my last trip to VT.

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After a bit of rest and a bunch of beer I hit the road for NY for the final time.  It was snowing and blustery and I had an unusually heavy heart.  I paused only to snap a couple pics of Bernie’s campaign HQ and the Adirondacks from a ridge overlooking Lake Champlain.

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Wow will I miss Vermont Beer!  It wasn’t too long ago that I was tying to make the People’s Republic my new home.  There’s a new plan and a new Republic on the horizon nowadays.  Stay tuned…

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