Ascent of Burnt Mountain on 2018-12-23

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burnt Mountain
    Elevation:3116 ft / 949 m

Ascent Trip Report

Although I had logged a previous ascent of this peak, I couldn’t be sure if I had actually hiked it. There are several other “Burnt Mountains” in Vermont including one other in Groton Street Forest (like this one) and one on the Long Trail. I didn’t recall anything about the hike that I had logged and wanted to be sure because I am aiming to hike all the peaks in and around Groton. So rather than go Christmas shopping I decided to go hiking. It was the right decision.

Access is easy here: park in the Butterfield Area Parking Lot on Route 302 just west of Groton Village. It’s plowed and open year round and provides access to several great Groton Peaks in addition to Burnt Mountain - Signal, Butterfield and Knox, From the parking lot follow Gore Road (VAST TRAIL) north into the interior. At the first junction you can go to the right or left and end up 2-3 miles out on VAST TRAIL 302 West. With Signal Mtn due East and at the height of land on the road I went off trail on a Northeasterly course. It’s about a 1.5 mile bushwhack to Burnt Mtn from there that gets easier with open hardwoods at the higher elevations on the west and northwest. The summit is mostly spruce covered and without views. There is large glacial erratic near the high point. I didn’t find a register. Lovely peaceful solitude.

This is a relatively easy hike and great to ski in. This particular day I used microspikes until I went off trail and then switched to snow shoes.
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