Ascent of Stowe Pinnacle on 2018-09-22

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stowe Pinnacle
    Elevation:2651 ft / 808 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the trailhead for Hinesburg town forest, I made my way back to US2 and headed east. In Waterbury, I followed VT100 north and drove all the way to Stowe where, after having to check directions, I turned onto SChool street/Stowe Hollow road. Following the signage to the trailhead parking at Pinnacle Meadows, I arrived and found it was quite packed with cars. I was lucky to find a spot along the road just before the gated trailhead.

After getting ready, I took off behind a few groups. I passed every one of them going at my usual quick pace, and soon reached the forest where the jeep trail went through a tight hairpin, crossed a meadow, veered right, and became a true foot path. Going around steep rocky bands and below the Pinnacle's outcrop, the trail reached an area where it descended back into the valley, away from the summit. I could see a very well defined herd path going straight up the mountain and, after checking the map, decided to head up that way. It was a light bushwhack on relatively good footing, but when the slope lessened, I still had to fight some branches to emerge back on the official trail. From there it was only a couple minutes until I was standing on the summit rocks where tons of people were basking in the sun.

I rested for a few minutes before I took off again. As I overtook a father and son, the man commented on my Fjallräven pants and we struck a conversation as I have already noticed that the stretchy fabric around the joints is already plushing after about a month's use. At the same time, I asked them if there was a junction for the trail to mount Putnam and they answered that I couldn't miss it. I just had bypassed it by shortcutting on the way up.

From there it was a quick descent back to the col to Hogback Mountain where I reached the huge sign where my next ascent would start.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1011 ft / 308 m
    Total Elevation Loss:201 ft / 61 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1011 ft / 308 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 945 ft / 289 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Stowe Pinnacle trail
    Start Trailhead:Pinnacle meadows parking  1706 ft / 519 m
    Time:29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:135 ft / 41 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Stowe Pinnacle trail
    End Trailhead:Col to Hogback Mountain  2516 ft / 766 m
    Time:7 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Putnam (sept. 2018)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Stowe Pinnacle2018-09-22 b1011 ft / 308 m
2Hogback Mountain2018-09-22 c751 ft / 229 m
3Mount Putnam2018-09-22 d512 ft / 156 m
4Hogback Mountain2018-09-22 e167 ft / 51 m
Total Trip Gain: 2441 ft / 744 m    Total Trip Loss: 2441 ft / 744 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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