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Ascent of Mendon Peak on 2018-07-07

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mendon Peak
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Here is a quick guide for all you PeakBagger users climbing the NE Hundred Highest. Starting at Brewers Corner, the trailhead for the Bucklin Trail up Killington, walk just beyond the trailhead to the gated woods road. Walk down the road, which climbs at an easy grade and passes several ski trail intersections. Stay on the main road for 0.65 miles, at which point you will pass the noted camp cabin. At 1.0 mile, you will come to a fork in a grassy clearing. Bear left, heading into the woods as the main road swings right. The road climbs a bit more beyond. At 1.2 miles, there is a less obvious fork. This is the "Hi Road/Lo Road" junction. As you may have heard, the Lo Road is overgrown, muddy, and has two difficult crossings of Eddy Brook, so there is no reason to choose it over the Hi Road. So, bear left onto the Hi Road, which climbs moderately upslope. There are a few more roads diverging uphill from the Hi Road beyond this point, so once you make the left onto the Hi Road, stay right at every intersection. The Hi Road is 1.1 miles long and gains 140 extra feet over the Lo Road. You will begin the descent back to the Lo Road at about 2.0 miles (from the start), reaching it at 2.3. Once the roads rejoin, continue straight (remember this spot for the way back) through a muddy section. At 2.6 miles, the road makes a turn and crosses the north fork of Eddy Brook, an easy crossing. Notice the yellow sign pointing the way back to Wheelerville Road. On the other side of the brook, the road turns and climbs a minor ridge at a steady grade. At about 3.1 miles, after a flat section, the road turns again and crosses the south fork of Eddy Brook, also very easy to get across. At this point, the road begins its steep climb toward Mendon. At 3.4 miles, the road makes its first switchback to the left at a cairn. At 3.5 is the second switchback, to the right. At 3.6 miles, you will find the second cairn, where there is a faint path leading into the woods. This is where I started bushwhacking, finding an un-trampled route up at a course of 260 degrees magnetic. This route was completely open until some thick spruce near the top. These, I later found, can be avoided by going around to the left. On the way down, I discovered that there was a clear herd path for almost the entire way up that starts further up the road from the second cairn. If you want to take the easy way, this path is what you are looking for. If you are as disgusted at the traffic and herd paths on the NE Hundred as I am, start from the second cairn and you will enjoy Mendon. Anyway, once you get to the eastern knob, you can follow the path for the 0.1 miles over to the summit. It drops down into a small col, then climbs quickly up to the top. Make sure to take the left fork through the small clearing on the way up after the col. Once you get to the summit area, you will reach another fork. The left fork goes out to a magnificent outlook to the south, while the right fork goes a bit further to the summit markers and logbook.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2194 ft / 668 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2194 ft / 668 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2054 ft / 626 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Eddy Brook Road/Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Brewers Corner  1786 ft / 544 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2194 ft / 668 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2054 ft / 626 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Bushwhack/Eddy Brook Road
    End Trailhead:Brewers Corner  1786 ft / 544 m



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