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Ascent of Mount Ascutney on 2009-06-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, June 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ascutney
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3130 ft / 954 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy hike from the parking below the summit.

Mount Ascutney, a monadnock, is in Southeast Vermont's Ascutney State Park. The entrance to the Park is north of Ascutney, I89 exit 8, on the west side of rte #44A. The "Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont" has good description of the Park and its trails, however good trail information is available at the park entrance......there is a daily user's fee.

From the campsite in Ascutney State Park we drove the mountain road to the top parking below the summit ridge at elev 2800'. The TH is at the far end of the parking lot ...... on the way up we passed a good looking woman running up the 3.8 mile road, we tooted the horn and gave her the thumbs-up, she responded with a huge working smile. Once we arrived at the top parking lot a guy was walking down the mountain road, "he had liquids for his wife" he told us "she is training for next week's Mount Washington road race". We wished them well.
By the way our fellow Peakbagger "DAVE DUNHAM" is an accomplished elite mountain runner who has participated in the Mount Washington Road Race every year since 1988 when he placed 1st and won 500$. He has run in most of the mountain races of New England.......you may want to check out his Peakbagger account...... he is very impressive, as is his longevity. I recently purchased his book "Only One Hill", a year by year account of the Mount Washington Road Race, his results are outstanding. Also it should be noted that Mount Ascutney has its own road race every year in mid-July.

From the TH at elev 2800' I hiked the Slot/Slab trails to the wooded summit ridge's observation tower. After climbing the tower for views I hiked the Brownsville trail north to the North Peak, elev 2660'. I back tracked to the main summit, elev 3130 (it has 2 communication towers) and continued down on the Weathersfield trail to the West Peak, elev 2940' and back to the parking via the Hand Glider trail.

The trails, wooded for the most part, offer a number of lookouts........ the most interesting of which is the Hang Gliding platform at the West Peak overlooking the Brownsville valley area. The trails were void of hikers today due to the poor wet weather.
This outing completes my list of "Vermont County Prominence Peaks".

My wife Rose was witness to the "spreading of ashes" by a party of 8 people...... While waiting at the parking Rose saw 3 car loads of people drive up and walk to the East lookout where they each placed flowers on a rock. With music playing each person took a scoop of ashes from an urn and tearfully tossed it in the breeze. A very emotional sad ceremony, ending in a group hug.

"HOW BEAUTIFULL ON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS".
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:430 ft / 131 m
    Elevation Loss:430 ft / 131 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:430 ft / 131 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:from road parking, ridge trails to n&s peaks
    Trailhead:Ascutney state park, s-e vemont  2800 ft / 853 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:330 ft / 101 m
    Route:from road parking, ridge trails to n&s peaks
    Trailhead:Ascutney state park, s-e vemont  2800 ft / 853 m



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