Ascent of Mount Mansfield on 2006-08-20
|Date:||Sunday, August 20, 2006|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4393 ft / 1338 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter approximately 20 hours of rain, I had cabin (or tent) fever so bad that I bought some good rain gear and began this hike in a downpour. I wanted to do a loop hike using Sunset Ridge and Laura Cowles Trail, but the ranger discouraged me from Laura Cowles. He said it would basically be a waterfall and too slick. Well, Sunset Ridge in many places was a waterfall and I did slip and fall, giving my tail bone a good whack.
I passed not a soul on the trail; one of the benefits of rainy hiking. As I neared the peak, the clouds broke and I was able to peer down into the valley. I could see Lake Champlain shimmering in the distance. This only lasted a minute, then it was a white out again. I am grateful for that glimpse, and want to return on a clear day.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2700 ft / 822 m|
| Distance:||6.6 mi / 10.6 km|
| Route:||Sunset Ridge|
| Trailhead:||Underhill State Park 1693 ft / 516 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble|
| Time Up:||0 Days 2 Hours 15 Minutes|
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